But seriously, folks:
Fleetwood Macbeth? Much ADoobie Brothers About Nothing?!?
By Fred Mills
It’s a dubious proposition, at best: the music of U2
incorporated into the works of Shakespeare. But hey, pompous bluster is
timeless, nobody does pompous OR bluster better than Bono and Ol’ Bill, right?
Ergo, As U2 Like It,
which as you probably have heard hit the U.S.
last week at the Falcoln Theatre in L.A. (Burbank, technically).
Put on by the Troubadour Theater Company and directed by Matt Walker, the
two-act, two-hour play started August 13 and runs through October 12. And it’s
not that novel an idea, to shoehorn
U2 songs into As You Like It; the TTC
has previously combined Shakespeare with popular music, with productions
like Fleetwood Macbeth and Much ADoobie Brothers About Nothing.
Whew – that smell? Pure cheese!
At any rate, Variety reviewed
the production a few days ago favorably, saying it continues the TTC’s “artistic
winning streak, succeeding in conveying the gist of the Shakespeare source
material amid a constant flurry of songs, quips and physical comedy in a highly
You can judge for yourself in this video clip from the play.
Just hearing “Vertigo” in this kind of setting makes me feel all tingly, and…
woops, that’s my skin crawling. Okay, everybody shout out loud: “This is not a
rebel sonnet! This is Hamlet Bloody Hamlet!”