The Hofstra Production of Shakespeare’s Play, Love's Labor's Lost


Length: 425 words (1.2 double-spaced pages)
Rating: Excellent
Open Document
Need writing help? Check your paper »

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Text Preview

More ↓
The Hofstra Production of Shakespeare’s Play, Love's Labor's Lost


Well-educated college students who study Shakespeare’s plays tend to have mixed feelings on how to stage scenes. In Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost, the boy says, "An excellent device. Now Hercules destroys the snake." (5.2.137). Here he is supposed to be taken seriously and be bringing out a good point during the "Nine Worthies." In the Hofstra stage version he pretty much looks like a joke and his comments then become meaningless. He should have been appearing as a much more serious character, portraying the attitude of an intelligent young boy.

As the production proceeded there were other distractions that caught the viewer's eye. Another major distraction was the running to the microphones to sing or to state an idea. If everyone else can hear the actors and actresses for the rest of the play what was the point of the microphones? Along with the microphones and running, the songs really tended to cause the audience to become less interested. The crowd’s attention goes towards the microphone and the rest of the play is ignored.

Another major problem was the scenery. The stage was set the same for every scene, never changing, although the setting changed in the text version. For instance, when all the men, beginning with Berowne, confess that they broke the oath and fell in love they are in a forest-like setting. When the production took place there were no trees or bushes. When Berowne says, "I was behind the tree and heard everything so why are you lying "(4.3.80), the audience noticed there were no trees or any type of setting to resemble that. This makes the words sound bad if the scenery does not match what is being acted out.

Once again distractions cause problems within a play. Although the messenger coming down the aisle was an interesting touch, it caused my eyes to leave the stage, the main focus.

There are some positive opinions on this production. The ending scene was very well acted and stressed what really went on in the text.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"The Hofstra Production of Shakespeare’s Play, Love's Labor's Lost." 123HelpMe.com. 12 Dec 2017
    <http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=30821>.
Title Length Color Rating  
Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost Essay - Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost In our teaching of Shakespearean film adaptation to undergraduates, one of the issues that frequently arises in class discussions is the question of how the visuality of the cinematic medium is constructed in tension against the verbal nature of Shakespeare's dialogue. The tension between the visual and verbal dimensions of filming Shakespeare is created on two levels: firstly, where the poetry of Shakespeare, functioning as word pictures that stimulate and enhance the imagination of the spectator is set against the capacity of film to show rather than tell; and secondly, where the adaptation negotiates with the canonicity of the Shakespearean text t...   [tags: Kenneth Branagh Love Labour Lost Essays]
:: 20 Works Cited
7638 words
(21.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Love's Labour's Lost Essay - Love's Labour's Lost The Elizabethans thought of it merely as "a wittie and pleasant comedie" ; Samuel Johnson remarked that "all the editors have concurred to censure [it]" ; and William Hazlitt opined, "If we were to part with any of the author's comedies, it should be this." It was not until well into the twentieth century that Love's Labour's Lost really came into its own, and this fact alone may be enough to make a case for it as Shakespeare's most forward-looking play. It is its ending in particular, an unexpectedly grim conclusion in which nothing is actually concluded, that has appealed to modern sensibilities and made Love's Labour's Lost the Shakespeare play for the twentieth cen...   [tags: Plays Shakespeare Papers]
:: 4 Works Cited
2415 words
(6.9 pages)
Research Papers [preview]
Essay on Costumings Effect in Theatre Production - What is costuming. When first hearing the word, one’s thoughts tend to lean towards costumes: colorful arrays of frivolous or wild clothing, usually worn during some sort of theatre production or special event. Why is this though. Because from the dawn of time people have used costumes to aid in the telling of their stories, myths, and legends. Costumes were used to better a person's understanding of these tales being told to them, making it easier for a person to remember the story, and thus making the story easier to be retold again and again....   [tags: Costuming Hisstory, Theater Analysis]
:: 6 Works Cited
1459 words
(4.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay on Directing a Production of As You Like It - Directing a Production of As You Like It This is an analysis of act IV scene iii. I am setting it in the 21st century it will be modern as opposed to Elizabethan or Victorian. However, the characters will all speak in the language of Shakespeare. I have set it in the modern times, so that it appeals to more of the younger generations. The theme of this play is based around love, betrayal, peace, rivalry, enmity and court versus country. Examples, love: it is all around the play and one of the themes; Orlando and Rosalind and ultimately characters like Oliver and Celia all fall in love....   [tags: Papers] 3221 words
(9.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about A Production of Into the Woods - Into the Woods Review Into the woods was an adventurous play that was perfect for the use of your imagination and spirit. Into the Woods had numerous different fairy tales involved which could make a small child feel like he/she was in heaven. The acting, music, concept, stage design, costumes, and even the language of the play all mixed to perfection. The crowd became involved right away with the irony of the play. I liked how Into the Woods was set up in the beginning because it made the play easier to follow....   [tags: Performance Arts Stephen Sondheim James Lapine] 1385 words
(4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
J.B.Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls Essay - Dear Mr. Anthony Hopkins Thank you for accepting the role of the inspector in my production of J B Priestley’s play ‘An inspector calls’. The play is set in the early 1912 before the First World War in a time when there was a relative period of economic and social stability. The play is set in a fictous North Midlands industrial city of Brumley. The play is about a family, the Birlings who are celebrating their daughter’s engagement to a young man called Gerald Croft whose family also own a business or factory similar to that of the Birling family business....   [tags: English Literature] 3480 words
(9.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay about My Experience With Seeing Miss Saigon - My Experience With Seeing "Miss Saigon" On the 26th January I went to the Empire Theatre in Sunderland to watch a production of Miss Saigon. To be honest, when I first read an outline of the story, I imagined it to be quite a dull experience. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this production, and the musical score was amazing. A musical I have seen that could be compared to “Miss Saigon” is “Les Miserables” as they are both set pre, during and post-war and both have quite a sad story. The musical Miss Saigon presents us with powerful ideas about culture and conflict, history and tradition....   [tags: Play Production Narrative Miss Saigon Essays] 1273 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Film Versus Theatre Presentations of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing - Film Versus Theatre Presentations of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a witty play that is interpreted in many different ways for many different audiences. Branaugh's movie rendition, compared to the Shenandoah Shakespeare Company's play, have many separately emphasized points. If we look at elements such as use of space, costuming, and love relationships we find that Kenneth Branaugh emphasizes the separation of the military from the domestic which eventually heads down to the separation of men and women, while in the stage production, the director emphasizes the relationship and friendship between Claudio, Benedict, and Don P...   [tags: Papers Shakespare Play Movie] 1430 words
(4.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Essay on The Character of Moth in Love's Labor's Lost - The Character of Moth in Love's Labor's Lost     Like much of Love's Labor's Lost, the young character Moth is full of paradox. When Shakespeare has little Moth play great Hercules in the "Nine Worthies," the playwright offers humor in contrasting the physiques of the actor with his role, or as Armado puts it, Moth "is not quantity enough" (5.2.130) to play the Greek god. However, Shakespeare may also be using this contradiction to compare physical strength with mental. Although physical ability doesn't carry significance in Love's Labor's Lost, mental ability does, and Moth (mentally superior to his contemporaries) proves himself worthy of a high status....   [tags: Love's Labor's Lost Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
1215 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Love Lost Essay - “ Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” dictated William Shakespeare in the prologue of his play, Romeo & Juliet. West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, is a film about two gangs in New York during the 1950’s who are fighting each other. Their feud is based on racial and ethnic differences. This differs from Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, where the main conflict is centered around an old family feud....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare]
:: 3 Works Cited
941 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]

Related Searches




The humor, which is sometimes missed in reading the text, was almost always noticed while watching the Hofstra stage version. I seemed to laugh more throughout the production than from reading the text. Looking at the play from this point of view it is very possible that the songs could have added this touch to the production.

Unfortunately everything doesn’t always amount to what is expected and sometimes plays are better off left on paper than on stage.


Return to 123HelpMe.com