Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Canterbury Tales (without the reading)

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Thus begins The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.  It was written in Middle English, the language of London commoners in the late 1300s, and is indecipherable to all speakers of English today.

Fortunately, we in Atlanta have The New American Shakespeare Tavern!

Their adaptation of Chaucer's classic is at times saucy, hilarious, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable.  (Their own term to describe the performance is "Python-esque," which is apt.)  Most important of all, it is understandable.

Also of great significance: it only runs until the end of January.

I highly recommend it.

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