POST: 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' He goes for the other guy's girl...

  Zachary Fine and Noah Brody in  The Two Gentlemen of Verona . Photo by Gerry Goodstein

Zachary Fine and Noah Brody in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photo by Gerry Goodstein

My view on Shakespeare can be summed up in three words: I. Hate. Him.
Coming into Theatre for a New Audience, I had my expectations about the show, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

However, I stood corrected... I went from this: 

to this:

I usually associate balcony seats with the worst seats in the house. However, sitting up so high, was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was able to see everything, from the lights on top of the columned trees to the paper leaves that changed colors based on the mood of the show. There was a point where I was so mesmerized, I missed a few jokes that were said on stage. Another cool thing about sitting so high up was that I saw how the lights flickered to create the effects of fireflies at night in Central Park. I didn't have to strain my neck when Sylvia went to the mezzanine and sang a ballad. The best seats can definitely be the cheapest seats at the show. 

As for the story line, I loved how the show was timid at first, and then by the second half all the fireworks came and it was AWESOME. 

Friendship? The two gentlemen, Proteus and Valentines, are best friends and Proteus completely violates the guy code by the second half. He goes for the other gentlemen's girl, Sylvia, and dumps his girlfriend, Julia. Sounds terrible right? It is, but the production made the whole plot so comical that the horribleness of the situation did not come through. Plus, both gentlemen fell in love again with their previous lover so everything worked out in the end. I expected them to all die because that's Shakespeare for you, but they all lived, which was a pleasant surprise.