Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Many Faces of Nick Bottom

Scott Wentworth, as Nick Bottom

Kevin Klein, as Bottom, The Weaver

James Cagney, turned ass

Nick Bottom, The Weaver, in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" may be annoying to his fellow actors, but his character must be one of the most winsome personalities in Shakespeare.  He is so enthused about performing at the royal court, that he wants to play every single part.  In fact, he steps on Peter Quince's toes frequently, because he is keen as well to direct the show.  Turned into an ass, he is even more a belly full of laughs.  It is Shakespeare at his comedic best.

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