Day #2: Your favorite character - Edmund
Day #3: Your Favorite Hero - Orlando
Day #4: Your Favorite Heroine - Rosalind
Day #5: Your favorite villain - Edmund
Day #6: Your favorite villainess - Tamora
Day #7: Your favorite clown
I am a little uninspired for this one, in spite of the fact it was the topic of the best bar conversation I have ever had.
There was a place on Northern Lights, now sadly gone. that brewed some truly deadly beers. Even their fruit beer was so high octane it would leave you lipsed.
It was a great drunken conversation. I wish I could simply transcribe it here for you, but it was years ago and a couple beers into the evening. As I faced this question, I was going to write something light and funny about my favorite clown being Crab the Dog in Two Gentlemen of Verona. It is a lesser known play, sadly, and Crab is probably best remembered for being "...a bit with a dog" in Shakespeare in Love or, in the play, for being in the room only "...a pissing while" before doing what dogs are want to do.
The problem is, even as I write this, Touchstone is clinging to my rational mind like a barnicle.
Can I be a rational Shakespeare s scholar without profession my love for the quick-witted fool who stole the heart of a shepard girl from the only character Shakespeare named after himself? Can I turn my back on the character who's great monologue is memorable in spite of only being filler to cover the leading lady's costume change from a boy's outfit to a wedding dress?
I think I can. Can you forgive me?
If you can, I leave you with one of my favorite moments about Shakespeare's comic characters, from Pamela Dean's Tam Lin: "You can't hate Robin for what he did. After all, Will wrote Feste for him."
Day #8: Your favorite comedy
Day #9: Your favorite tragedy
Day #10: Your favorite history
Day #11: Your least favorite play
Day #12: Your favorite scene
Day #13: Your favorite romantic scene
Day #14: Your favorite fight scene
Day #15: The first play you read
Day #16: Your first play you saw
Day #17: Your favorite speech
Day #18: Your favorite dialogue
Day #19: Your favorite movie version of a play
Day #20: Your favorite movie adaptation of a play
Day #21: An overrated play
Day #22: An underrated play
Day #23: A role you've never played but would love to play
Day #24: An actor or actress you would love to see in a particular role
Day #25: Sooner or later, everyone has to choose: Hal or Falstaff?
Day #26: Your favorite couple
Day #27: Your favorite couplet
Day #28: Your favorite joke
Day #29: Your favorite sonnet
Day #30: Your favorite single line