It’s a bit early in the game to be drawing any conclusions about Shakespeare’s plays. After all, I’ve only read three of them. But I’m not going to let that keep me from shooting off my mouth. The comedies – all two of them – haven’t really done much for me. The tragedies – all one of them – were more to my taste. Which is odd because nowadays I’m not much of a tragedy kind of guy.
As for As You Like It, it didn’t match up to Antony and Cleopatra, but it worked a little more well for me than All’s Well That Ends Well. As with All’s Well That Ends Well, the plot device of people in disguise is pressed into service here and once again the plot device of the scurrilous villainous chap turning over a new leaf is also employed and that’s not just once, but twice. Which seems a bit flimsy considering just how scurrilous Duke Frederick and Oliver were, not that anyone asked for my opinion.