Friday, January 21, 2011

Reader's Diary #681- William Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare certainly enjoys the reputation as one of, if not the sole, all time greats, doesn't he? Or then again, seeing as he's dead, I guess he doesn't enjoy much.

It's that reputation as a legend that first drove me to attempt finishing the Complete Works of Shakespeare (very slowly-- one play every other month). But I've come to learn that just because it's Shakespeare, doesn't guarantee its genius. I, for one, appreciate that realization. That the man could miss the mark on the rare occasion makes me appreciate his good plays all the more. (For the record, I realize that my dislike isn't proof of a play's inadequacies. I really didn't like King Lear, but there's plenty of consensus that it's a work of art.)

In case you haven't guessed, I'm not a big fan of The Merry Wives of Windsor. I didn't hate it mind you, but the farcical love triangles, misunderstandings, slapstick, and match-making mishaps felt like Shakespeare pandering. It reminded me of Much Ado About Nothing which in turn reminded me of Three's Company. The funny thing is, I liked Three's Company. Then again, I never watched Three's Company expecting genius writing.


raidergirl3 said...

Three's Company. Classic comedy!

Sometimes the Three's Company comparison is a very high form of a compliment.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

From Shakespeare to Three's Company. Hat's off to you for brining Willi down to earth. Way down.