A ship is caught in a terrible storm and is soon shipwrecked upon an island. The mysterious storm was caused by the sorcery Prospero and the spirit Ariel in retaliation for the usurpation of Prospero’s title not a dozen years before.
When the survivors become stranded it is apparent that the usurpers Antonio and Alonso are amongst those on board. prospero decides to reverse what has been done to him by those who have survived the shipwreck…by encouraging a relationship between his beloved daughter, miranda, and Ferdinand (one of the survivors).
Will Prospero be successful in his quest? Will Miranda and Ferdinand fall in love? Or will everything be upset by the comedic trio of a Jester, a drunken butler and the enslaved monster Caliban?
-Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy
-Number of Words: 16,633 words (about 65-75 pages in modern print)
-Characters: Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, Caliban, Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo, Adrian, Francisco, Trinculo, Stephano, Juno, Ceres, Iris, Master, Mariners, Boatswain, Nymphs, Reapers
-Where to Read: support local booksellers (many can order items that may not be in stock) or look for it at your local library!
-Page of Reference in RP1: 350
Review (contains spoilers):
So apparently Halliday was kind of a jokester when it comes to his little game in RP1…since there are two Shakespeare plays mentioned in the book. This is one of my least favorites in regard to his comedies.
I’ve seen it performed several times and was even in the show as the spirit Ariel for a few shows at a local theatre, but I just don’t find it as funny as many, many of the other comedies that Shakespeare wrote. It is pretty straight forward overall.
The most fun in my opinion is the Masque in Act 4 where everyone gets to dress incredibly and very outside of their classes and just have a jovial time. It is one of the few moments within Shakespeare where a show has not only the single large spectacle but has two exceptionally large ones! The beginning shipwreck and then my favorite…the Masque which is full of dancing and gives the creatives working on the show the chance to actually show what they can do with their skills.
Overall, it’s a fun show that I recommend more as a visual play than sitting and reading it. There is so much going on that it is sometimes hard to follow on the page. Especially when you are dealing with the comic relief trio…