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Friday Flicks at The Varsity: Shakespeare in Love
April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5 – $7
William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of “The Rose,” a theater whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, and he’s got a nasty case of writer’s block. The Rose’s solvency depends on Shakespeare’s new comedy, “Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter.” The problem is that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an ardent theatergoer, scandalous for a woman of her breeding in the 16th century, who admires Shakespeare’s plays and the playwright. She’s about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play.
Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola’s romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, so, too, does the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transform into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet. (Rated R for sexuality; 1998)
The movie starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com and at the venue when doors open; they are not available in advance at the venue before doors open. Doors and bar open at 6:30.
- The Varsity
418 S. Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States
- The Varsity