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Candy and Snack Board

Candy and snack board featuring some ‘90s comebacks like Doritos 3D, Pop-Tart Bites, and DunkAroos (on the side)… and Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza!

Description:

Party like its 1985! Or I mean…maybe a little more adult than that… XD

I decided this year that we were going to have a self-contained quarantine slumber party!  And boy was I in LUCK!

The 1980s and 1990 nostalgia has hit SO VERY HARD!!!  I’ve found everything from Dunkeroos to the 25th anniversary Fruit Roll-ups, to Pizza Hut re-releasing its classic stuffed crust pizza again!  I just cannot with the whole idea that my people have decided this is the time for things to happen.

So here it is…the candy and snack board.  This one will be themed to my slumber party tonight!  I will post pictures when I can.

Remember you can make this for any holiday, party or random Saturday you feel like…just retheme the candy to fit that occasion (Christmas candies in Christmas shapes as well as red, green and white OR Valentine’s candies such as red-hots or anything pink, red and white…a favorite color for a birthday…you get the idea)

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite candies and treats between 8-12 of them
  • For a 1980s/1990s board:
    • Fruit Roll-ups or other fruit snacks that were popular (like gushers!)
    • Pop-tart bites
    • Dunkaroos
    • 2-3 Little Debbie’s cakes/snacks (I’m using a few I love like Strawberry Shortcake Rolls and Star Crunch but use what you love…most of them were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s)
    • 3-5 types of Candy! Here are some that are still around today that were popular:
      • Runts
      • Atomic Fireballs
      • Flavored Tootsie Rolls
      • Jawbreakers
      • Pixy Stix
      • Ring pops
      • Smarties
      • Starbursts (original flavor)
      • Sweet tarts
      • Tootsie rolls
      • Skittles (original flavor…without the green apple…lime was WAY better)
      • Nerds (grape, cherry and orange were defiantly around in the ‘80s and rainbow came out in the ‘90s)
      • Airheads
      • Warheads
      • Blow Pops
      • M&Ms
      • Albanese Candy Company Gummi’s (these are on my board as they are delicious and a local Indiana company! You can even tour their factory under normal circumstances)
      • Cella’s brand Chocolate covered cherries
      • SOUR PATCH Kids (original flavor…minus the blues today)
      • Hershey’s bars (original, cookies and cream, and Symphony Bars for sure)
      • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (original)
      • Lemonheads (original and flavored)
      • Hershey’s kisses and hugs
      • Starburst Jelly Beans! (I LOVE these….the Fave RED pack is on my board but those didn’t come out till the 2000s…oh well)
      • Tart n’ Tiny’s
      • Twix bars
      • Reese’s pieces
      • Jelly Belly
      • Pop rocks
      • Snickers
      • 100 Grand bars
      • Now & Laters
      • Junior mints
      • Mike & Ikes (original flavors minus the strawberry today)
      • Twizzlers and twizzlers pull and peel
      • Rock candy
    • 2-3 other cookies or salty treats…for example:
      • Goldfish
      • Flipz (or other yogurt covered pretzles)
      • Chex mix (bonus points for homemade)
      • Girl scout cookies! (support a local girl you know or Troup 6000 which is all homeless girls in NYC!)
      • Popcorn
      • Doritos (bonus if you can find the recent rerelease of the 1980s packaging and flavor…I ate all mine! Or the return of Doritos 3D)

Step by Step:

  1. Collect your supplies including your food stuffs AND containers to put them all in…I know as kids we would have just dug in with maybe a big bowl for the chips and stuff…but we are adults now. Time to make our movie night snacks good!
  2. Now…start just like we did with our stores boards:
  • Layout your smaller bowls you are using for small stuff like M&Ms, Nerds, Runts…anything loose and put them on your board
  • Then build out from there using things that stack, lay in long lines or can be put up as barriers for smaller things like Little Debbie’s, pull and peel Twizzlers and oreos
  • Fill in spots with other loose but not super tiny items like gummi bears, mini twix or snickers bars, goldfish crackers or Flipz
  • Add in things with sticks and stems around as extra décor like blow pops or ring pops…you don’t need lots of these to make them really fun. I added some chocolate covered strawberries I had because I’m super extra!
  • Put on your favorite jammies (bonus if they look like the could be from the 1980s), plop down in your blanket fort, pop a tape into the VCR (or you know…find a great ‘80s/90s movie on streaming), open the box of Pizza Hut old school stuffed crust pizza, pop a Coke or a SURGE and CHOW DOWN!!
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Footloose (1984), created by Dean Pitchford: a Film Review

Synopsis:

New guy in town, Ren MacCormack and his mom, have just arrived from big city Chicago to live with Ren’s Aunt and Uncle.  While attending Sunday church services he meets the Reverend Shaw Moore and his wife Vi and daughter Ariel, who seems sweet and docile but is actually incredibly reckless.

When at school Ren befriends Willard and discovers that the town has a dancing ban that extends to all rock music within the borders.  A few kids got killed in a car wreck a few years earlier and the whole town blamed the music, the books…the dancing…for the whole wreck and the subsequent deaths it caused.

As Ren and Willard become closer friends and Ren starts to befriend Ariel and her friend group he decides to show them the joy of dance by taking them out.

This subsequently encourages all of them to stand up to the elder generation of the town and petition for a school dance- THE PROM.  Its just within their reach…or so they think.

General Information:

-Genre: American Musical Drama, Teen Drama

-Creator: Dean Pitchford

-Length: 110 minutes

-Rating: PG (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence including a fire being set, mild abuse, moderate profanity, mild use of drugs, smoking and alcohol, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with subscription), Amazon Prime Video (with subscription, Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin, Elizabeth Gorcey, Frances Lee McCain, Jim Youngs, Timothy Scott

-Page of Reference in RP1: 102

Review (contains spoilers):

I love this movie.  It’s a really interesting study of what happens when you are too strict with your kids. Its also one of my go-to movies for sleepovers.

There isn’t anything wrong with music, or books that challenge your current way of thinking, or dancing…so long as you aren’t hurting anyone.

There will always be accidents and bad choices but the more you restrict your child the worse its gonna be. 

But this film also does a lot of what a teen film should do.  Showcase hard to talk about issues so that you can open up the dialogue with your kids.  Here there is the chance to talk about domestic abuse, drugs and drinking, teen sex, verbal and mental abuse….

But its also just an awesome film with a fantastic soundtrack that just sets the tone for the whole thing.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Ladyhawke: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, by Andrew Powell: a Album review

General Information:

-Album Title: Ladyhawke

-Artist: Andrew Powell

-Release Year: 1985

-Album Length:

-Genre: Instrumental Film Score, Medieval Dark Fantasy

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 106

Lyrics:

NONE…all instrumental

Song Titles:

  1. Main Title
  2. Phillipe’s Escape
  3. The Search for Phillipe
  4. Tavern Fight (Phillipe)
  5. Tavern Fight (Navarre)
  6. Phillipe Describes Isabeau
  7. Navarre’s Ambush
  8. The Chase, the Fall & the Transformation
  9. “She Was Sad at First…”
  10. Navarre Returns to Aquila
  11. Narvarre’s and Marquet’s Duel
  12. Marquet’s Death
  13. Bishop’s Death
  14. End Title

Review:

This is a beautiful soundtrack.  It is one that plays throughout the background of the film and adds an incredible depth to the storyline.  The majority of the music seems to have medieval themes throughout it and many of the moments feel truly like what I imagine life in this time period would have been like (if you had the ability to carry music with you always).

The ups and downs of the score follow the action in ways that enhance, not detract from the story and the action that is going on upon the screen.

This is one of the few scores I can listen to that helps me focus.  Usually I need talking or singing to stimulate my brain well enough to focus but the depth here is just so beautiful that it is easy to listen to in the background.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Ladyhawke, created by Richard Donner: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In Aquila, a town in medieval France, a thief known as “The Mouse”, aka Phillipe Gaston, escapes from prison and the city proper.  On his flight he is nearly captured by the Bishop’s guards.  He is saved by Etienne Navarre, the former captain of the guard.

As they run Navarre picks up Phillipe and the pair, along with Navarre’s beautiful hawk, flee finding a safe place to lodge for the night.  As they settle in Phillipe is told not to disturb Navarre under any circumstances.  As Phillipe goes about his evening chores he stumbles upon a beautiful woman, and is nearly attacked by a solid black wolf who has already killed the farmer they are staying with.  Though neither is safe the night passes on.

The next day Phillipe tells the tale to Navarre who reminisces about the woman hoping she will enter his dreams.  Navarre tells Phillipe of his intention to slay the Bishop and demands the assistance of the thief.  Unwilling to do so, Phillipe spends his night tied to the tree.  As the same woman appears this night as well Phillipe begs for her help.  He escapes into the night.

When Navarre comes upon Phillipe the following day he again rescues the boy from the Bishop’s Guard who are about to kill him.  In the heat of the battle Navarre is hit and his beloved hawk attacks the guards.  She is hit with a crossbow bolt and falls to the ground.  Navarre finishes off the guards and proceeds to send Phillipe to a monk who can help to heal the poor bird.

When Phillipe arrives on horseback to the monk the sun has nearly set.  The beautiful woman has appeared again, with a wolf howling in the night.  She has a bolt running through her chest where the bolt had formerly been in the hawk.  When the monk is confronted by Phillipe he tells the story of Etienne and Isabeau, and the curse that they have been placed under by a jealous and powerful man (who Isabeau had rejected).

Will Phillipe help the pair to break the curse or will they be forever doomed?

General Information:

-Genre: Medieval Dark Fantasy Film

-Creator: Richard Donner

-Length: 121 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, medieval battle, mild profanity, mild alcohol use and drunkenness)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern, John Wood

-Page of Reference in RP1: 106

Review (contains spoilers):

I absolutely love this film.  My father showed it to me at a fairly young age (I believe 12 or 13) and I was hooked.  But I love anything from the late-1980s to early 1990s.  This movie along with other like Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, and The Last Knight share a lot of similar flavor.

There is a specific feel to them that is just delightfully outdated by our standards, however, the writing is beautiful, the stories are robust, and the romance is just delightful in its rendition. 

This is a lovely movie with a beautiful story of a man and a woman whose love was so pure that they were determined to be together despite the fact that they were cursed and could never touch each other again. 

It’s a wholesome film that can be shared with older children and pre-teens.  The story is heartwarming, and the film is well developed and beautifully filmed.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Real Genius, created by Neal Israel and Pat Proft: a film Review

Synopsis:

The CIA is determined to create a new “peace time” weapon, codename Crossbow, that uses a high-powered laser to eliminate potential threats before they become terrorists.  To do so they recruit the help of a well-know college professor to create the laser needed to pull off this accomplishment.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Mitch is accepted to the college for mid-winter term due to his insane intellect.  Rooming with genius and role model, Chris Knight, proves to be vastly different from the idea that Mitch builds up in his head.  Knight is a bit of a prankster and overall chill guy compared to tightly wound genius Mitch.

As the pair find their differences and turn them into strengths to help each other through the difficult final semester for Knight, they work to create an incredibly powerful laser that will be Knight’s ticket to graduation.

But when they are forced to see what possible uses someone would have for a laser that big and powerful they must come to terms with the fact that sometimes, as scientists, you need to think about the practical applications of your creations…and come to terms with the fact that they may not be used for the good and hopeful reasons you would want them to be…

General Information:

-Genre: Science Fiction Teen Comedy

-Creator: Neal Israel and Pat Proft

-Length: 106 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex, nudity and sexual innuendo, mild profanity, mild partying)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), STARZ (with subscription), HBO Go (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Robert Prescott, Jon Gries

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Such a great comedy and one of my top watched movies of all time.  It is a staple in my vocabulary to quote lines from this film.  And there are plenty of them that are quotable.

I love the story, the quirky characters and the fact that, though the science is incredibly above my head as I know nothing about optics, everything discussed is relatable.  It isn’t about the science.  You don’t have to know anything to love this film.

Witty and sarcastic this whole movie is an absolute gem of late ‘80s comedy.   From the child genius on a college campus (and in a dorm!) to the fact that the bad guy is someone in the faculty…its just an overall ridiculous film that is just as funny after the first watch as the 100th.  Plus, it has a great soundtrack.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Stardust, by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, based off the novel by Neil Gaiman: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Tristan Thorn lives in the English town of Wall, named for the long wall that runs along the village separating it from the fantasy world that is said to be on the other side.  When he sets to win the heart of the local girl, Victoria, he cannot seem to do anything more than blunder every attempt to do so.  Suddenly he is struck with an idea to win her hand in marriage.  Cross the wall and retrieve a star the pair has seen fall from the sky…which may be easier said than done.

On the other side of the Wall lies the kingdom of Stormhold where a dying king’s seven sons are competing to decide who will reign after his death.  Unfortunately for them it is either the throne or death themselves…but when they cannot seem to defeat each other for the title the king sends out his ruby necklace to be restored by his one true surviving heir.  Which ends up knocking a star out of the sky and to earth.  The same star seen by Tristan and Victoria that fateful night.

But Tristan is not the only one who sees the star fall from the sky.  A trio of witches is also after her heart to make themselves young again and extend their life for another 400 years.

As Tristan crosses the wall in an effort to find the fallen star he meets a host of characters from a swashbuckling pirate, to the deadly prince Septimus, insane witches, and even the fallen star herself…what he could never imagine was the adventure that he would embark on…as soon as he can get past the old man that guards the hole in the Wall.

General Information:

-Genre: Romantic Fantasy Adventure

-Creator: Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, based off the novel by Neil Gaiman

-Length: 128 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild implied sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate intense scenes including fighting and magic elements)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Rickey Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Evertt, Peter O’Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

-Page of Reference in RP1:

Review (contains spoilers):

I really enjoy this film but be warned I have not read the book at the time of writing this review so I cannot compare the two. 

The story is quite unique to what I have seen in the past.  But that is to be expected from the mind of Neil Gaiman.  Between the adventures through the land of faerie, the cruel princes trying to gain their father’s throne, and witches trying to get ahold of a fallen star, the story is varied with the depth of a fully imagined world.

When I first heard of all of the different stories that go on during the course of the film, I thought it would be quite confusing to keep everything straight but the filmmakers did an exquisite job interweaving everything a way that makes it easy to follow and incredibly enjoyable.

The characters are bright and bold both in their portrayal and their writing.  The costuming is lovely… a perfect mix of historically accurate Victorian styles with fantasy elements. The settings are beautiful.  Just an incredibly done film. 

I love the world that Gaiman created and this film brought to life.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Princess Bride, by William Goldman: a Novel review

Synopsis:

From the back cover:

“As Florin and Gilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini- the criminal philosopher who’ll so anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik- the gentle giant; Inigo- the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen-the evil mastermind behind it all.  Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.”

General Information:

-Genre: Romantic Fantasy Action

-Author: William Goldman

-Number of Pages:

-Main Characters: Westley, Buttercup, Humperdinck, The Six-Fingered Man, Vicinni, Fessik, Iniego Montoya

-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: 38

Review (contains spoilers):

I read this book long after I had first seen the movie.  In fact I didn’t realize it was a book until many, many years after my introduction to the film.

I enjoyed the book overall, though I do enjoy the film more.  It seems to do better in a format with visuals more than in novel form.  But that isn’t to say that the book isn’t down right hilarious and I do appreciate the addition of the short story Buttercup’s Baby that is at the end of the novel.

The characters are about the same as they are in the movie, fleshed out and realistic.  Yet there is a beautiful film of fantasy woven throughout the whole thing.  The descriptions of the world are comprehensive yet not overly dry or longwinded as they are in some other fantasy novels (I’m looking at you Outlander).  The action is vibrant and the story is relatable…even though we don’t live in a medival time period with a stunning farm boy fighting his way across the high seas to rescue us.

A wonderful read that I highly recommend particularly to people who enjoy stories of action, intrique, wit and true love.

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Princess Bride, based off the novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman: a Film Review

Synopsis:

When one of his grandchildren is home sick a kind grandfather comes over to read him a story.  The story, told through the film, is one of intrigue full of swordfights, pirates, revenge, escapes….true love!

A beautiful young lady, Buttercup, living on a farm is wooed by their farm boy, Westley.  For the time they know each other he simply answers each of her requests with “As you wish” which she comes to realize is his way of saying “I love you.”  And she comes to love him in return. 

When Westley leaves to make his fortune on the high seas the vessel his is on is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who leaves no one alive in his raids.

Five years later, Buttercup is forced into an engagement to the Prince of Florin, Humperdink.  Just weeks before the wedding she is kidnapped by three outlaws who are charged with killing her to start a war between Florin and their greatest enemy, Gildur. 

When a man dressed in solid black catches up to the group they grow concerned and one by one attempt to take him out before he can steal the princess.

Who is the man in black? Could he be the Dread Pirate Roberts that everyone so fears…or is he merely another outlaw set on taking what is not his?

General Information:

-Genre Fantasy Adventure Comedy

-Creator: William Goldman (based on his book)

-Length: 98 minutes

-Rating: PG (kissing, mild violence and gore, one mild instance of language, drinking, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), , DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Cook, Mel Smith

-Page of Reference in RP1: 38

Review (contains spoilers):

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant film.  Literally one of my top ten films of all time.

William Goldman wrote both the book (which is just as snarky and witty as the movie….see our review of that here) and then adapted it to the screen.

The characters are real. Witty, snarky, sarcastic and funny.  Each of them have their own quirks and personalities which come out with grace and beauty throughout the film.  It is incredibly quotable (which is one of many things I look for when I watch comedies) and has some of the greatest lines in romantic comedies in my opinion.

The costumes and locations are cheesy in the “maybe-this-is-a-renassiance-faire” sort of way that goes so well with it being a story imagined by a kid as his grandfather reads to him.

I just can’t speak highly enough of this film.  Just go and watch it.  Its totally worth the hour and a half of your life.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare: a Play review

Synopsis:

“Two households, both alike in dignity

(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene)

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife

The fearful passage of their death-marked love

And the continuance of their parents’ rage,

Which, but their children’s ends, naught could remove,

Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;

The which, if you with patient ears attend,

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.”

-Act 1, Scene 1, Romeo and Juliet

General Information:

-Genre: Romantic Tragedy, Tragedy

-Author: Shakespeare

-Number of Words: 24,545 (around 170 pages or so in modern printing)

-Characters: Romeo Montague, Juliet Capulet, Prince Escalus, Count Paris, Mercutio, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Tybalt, The Nurse, Rosaline, Montague, Lady Montague, Benvolio, Friar Laurence, Friar John, Peter, Sampson, Gregory, Abram, Balthasar, An Apothecary, A Chorus

-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: 174

Review (contains spoilers):

One of my favorites of Shakespeare’s plays.  This is the classic tragedy almost everyone had to read in high school but this one sticks with you and changes as you age.

When I first read it I did identify a little with Juliet.  Her family seems quite harsh and the idea of two families feuding is insane. But I did think the pair were a little crazy.  It was not as many say #couplesgoals.

The older I get the more I see how much this show was meant as a warning, as many of Shakespeare’s tragedies were.  The story is that of woe, and heartbreak, and the consequences that overreach what you may think the decision you made would have had.

If you cannot grasp the language on the page (it is sometimes hard to read and ive taken classes to study it) then I recommend watching one of a million different versions.  One of my favorites is the version that uses the Bard’s actual language but set it in LA during a gang war- Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes and Leonardo DeCaprio.  West Side Story is another wonderful retelling if you like musicals…though the ending was changed because Maria dying too was deemed too tragic. 

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Tempest, by Shakespeare: a Play review

Synopsis:

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?

General Information:

-Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy

-Author: Shakespeare

-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…

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.