Loving Love’s Labour’s Lost

Claudia Vera and Victoria Arguelles

The lights of the auditorium dimmed, and a hush fell over the mass of students as they silenced their cell phones and prepared their ears for the eloquent Shakespearean language. The stage illuminated and members of Troupe 1298 filled the air with the sound of their articulated voices, allowing the complex words of old English to flow off their tongues with effortless grace.

Love’s Labour’s Lost follows the story of the King of Navarre who, along with his three court men, vow to focus on school for the next three years with no romantic distractions.  Yet their plan does not go accordingly once they come across the princess of France and her royal court, as they instantly fall in love.

The play consisted of both sophisticated language and knee-slapping humor, paired with beautiful costumes and a simple yet efficient set design. The plot was simple to follow, and the synopsis printed within the playbill allowed the viewer to understand the content that was performed.

While some may fear that Shakespearean language would cause any teenager to groan and fall asleep, Love’s Labour’s Lost was able to incorporate tongue-in-cheek humor, using extravagant motions, eclectic characters, and poking fun at the ever-so-popular “puppy love.”

With its captivating cast and hilarious yet relatable plot, Love’s Labour’s Lost allowed the viewer to laugh at the ridiculousness and charming nature of young love.