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Readers and audiences have long greeted As You Like It with delight. Its characters are brilliant conversationalists, including the princesses Rosalind and Celia and their Fool, Touchstone. Soon after Rosalind and Orlando meet and fall in love, the princesses and Touchstone go into exile in the Forest of Arden, where they find new conversational partners. Duke Frederick, y ...more
Paperback, Folger Shakespeare Library Edition, 263 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Simon Schuster (first published 1599)
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Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: shakespeare
Just saw this last night at the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta. So, naturally, here's...

As You Like It, abridged:

OLIVER: Hi everyone, I'm Oliver and I'll be your designated jackass for the evening.
ORLANDO: Hey bro! So, remember how you got me to wrestle that unbeatable guy and were all like, "he's so gonna kill you, mwahaha"? Well, I totally kicked his ass AND met this hot chick Rosalind. Man, it's great to be me!
ORLANDO: *runs*
ROSALIND: Hey Celia, your uncle just bani
Bill Kerwin
May 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing

As in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet" and "Antony and Cleopatra," Shakespeare in "As You Like It" is able to join disparate elements in unusual proportion into a unified whole of tone and mood which may be rationalized but never completely explained. What I love about this play is the way in which it develops a conventionally suspenseful plot--complete with goodies and baddies, action-packed scuffles and wrestling matches, lovers "meeting cute," etc.--at breakneck speed for all of the firs
Ahmad Sharabiani
As you like it, William ‎Shakespeare (1564-1616), c ‬1623
Characters: Main Characters:
The Court of Duke Frederick: Duke Frederick, Duke Senior's younger brother and his usurper, also Celia's father. Rosalind, Duke Senior's daughter. Celia, Duke Frederick's daughter and Rosalind's cousin. Touchstone, a court fool or jester. Le Beau, a courtier. Charles, a wrestler. Lords and ladies in Duke Frederick's court.
The Household of the deceased Sir Rowland de Boys: Oliver de Boys, the eldest son and heir
Henry Avila
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orlando, the youngest, and most loved son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys, ( set in France in the 16th Century) is being mistreated by his older brother Oliver, the middle son Jaques, is away at school, since Oliver inherited most of the rich estate, and money, he has the power of the purse to do anything . He, Oliver is jealous of his sibling's superior attributes, Orlando lacks education, possessions, totally dependent on his brother, but the very simpatico boy's qualities, nevertheless shines ...more
Sean Barrs
I was at Shakespeare’s Globe in London yesterday watching this play and it was fab! I then came home and read it (got to love the literary life!)

The best thing about the performance was the fact that Orlando was played by a woman who was less that five feet tall and Rosalind was played by a man was way over six feet tall. Needless to say, this lead to many comic moments. Here’s some shots of the performance:

-Orlando & Rosalind


They only had to stand next to each other on the stage for the audienc
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3 of 5 stars to As You Like It, a pastoral comedy and play written by William Shakespeare around 1599.

Rosalind falls for Orlando for many reasons in Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. Since Orlando is such a small man compared to Charles the wrestler, when Orlando beats Charles, Rosalind thinks that the “young man” is capable of great strength and survival despite his small frame. He has some hidden strength and power that he is able to fight up and beat his large opponent
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
3 1/2+

Hm. Tried to resubmit this review earlier and all that happened was that it was posted that I'd just finished reading the play?!? Two years ago! What gives?

This is the second review of a Shakespeare play I’ve done. Happily, that means that I’ve read the second of my planned reads of all his plays, over the next ten years. So I’m on schedule. 8)

But it’s easy to be on schedule when you’ve barely started. 8/

Naturally, this review is structured a bit different from the first one I did (https:/
Celebrity Death Match Special: As You Like It versus Generic Thriller

All the world’s a thriller,
And all the men and women cardboard characters;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And when you think they've gone, pop up again.
Sometimes they've got a twin, and sometimes more
Their death, ofttimes, is faked or not for real
Two different babes may turn out to be one
Or else one babe, mayhap, can yet be two
And so the plot creaks on, and stiffs pile up
Until the hero finds the Big Reveal
And all is
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Definitely one of favourites. Loved it.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare, drama, 2017
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:"

-- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7


'As You Like It' has many things to commend it as a play. It is entertaining and filled with fantastic lines. It contains many of Shakespeare's favorite tropes: gender bending, mistaken/hidden identities, family squabbles/usurpation, love/lust, revenge, etc. It starts off well too -- but in the end, for me, it just sort of fizzles and farts out a bit. Limps out, perhaps, is a
Jeanette (Again)
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The fun of Shakespeare's comedies isn't in the plots but in the pure genius of his language. Many of his best lines have become such staples of common usage that most people aren't even aware they're quoting Shakespeare. If they DO know, you can forget about asking them which plays the lines come from.

I find an intensely perverse pleasure in Shakespeare's inventive insults. I can only DREAM of thinking up such clever quips and comebacks in the heat of an argument. And if I could think them up,
Michael Finocchiaro
What an absolutely extraordinary play. I absolutely am in love with Rosalind (as I was with Beatrice and so many other Shakespearean heroines!) In fact, I think that she is up there with Dalia Rideout as my favorite heroine of all time. Her sense of humor, her ability to change and adapt, and her sharp wit make this play so alive.

I read this using a copy I had in high school (Coral Gables, Class of '87) and found "Michelle" wrote me a note about drinking some green beer for St Patrick's Day. We
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

Another very enjoyable and entertaining play by The Bard.

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”

Also another very influential work as it is apparent how many romantic comedies over the years have borrowed liberally from this classic tale.

“Do you not know I am a woman? when I thi
Jun 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shakespeare people, obvs
I just saw this play for the first time since college, at the Shakespeare Theater here in DC. I've never really known what to say about it, to be honest. I know all the hype surrounding Rosalind, and I agree with it. It's a really excellent part for any actress, and I love that the play is structured entirely around her. The play even offers the rare pretty great supporting part for a woman in Celia. There's Jacques, the odd and amusing duck who doesn't ever quite fit, and a surprisingly large a ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

I am always charmed when I go to see a Shakespearean play and hear familiar phrases. As You Like It certainly has its share of those.

A cinema chain near me offers showings of the National Theatre (London) on a regular basis and I went this week for my first experience of this play. As expected, I enjoyed it a great deal.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The new RSC Modern Library Editions of the plays are a quality trade paperback edition of the works of Shakespeare.
“As You Like It” in this series contains a short, but insightful Introduction by Jonathan Bate. In it he makes a lovely point that although it reeks of modern influences (taking the play out of context) I had never thought to consider.
This is a Shakespeare play that I did not much care for when I first read it years ago, but I have since become quite fond of. It is one of Shakespear
Cindy Rollins
This is one of my favorites. It is a hymn to marriage with much poetry, song, and general fun.

I also LOVE Kenneth Branagh's film version-one of my favorite adaptations of all time.

Coming on the heels of Much Ado, you can see that Shakespeare is writing in a time of his life when word play, wit and romance figure greatly.

Of course, the next play is Hamlet-not quite so airy.

UPDATE on AUDIO: Don't listen to the audio if you do not know the play. Because of the girl playing boy parts it is hard to
Joe Valdez
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
To celebrate William Shakespeare on his birthday in April, my plan was to locate a staging of six plays. I'll listen to and watch these on my MacBook, following along to as much of the original text as is incorporated by the production. Later, I'll read the entire play in the modern English version. A good friend I've had since high school recommended this system to me and it's been a very good system for delighting the mind in Shakespeare.

As You Like It was entered in the Stationers' Register i
David Sarkies
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Shakespeare
Recommended to David by: University
Shelves: comedy
A pastoral comedy with shades of Robin Hood
24 December 2014

Back when I first read this play for university English I didn't think all that much of it because I had simply thrown it in with that collection of boring Shakespearian plays called 'The Comedy's' (not that I found all of the comedy's boring, just most of them because there were, in my opinion, simply romantic comedy's which me, as a young adult male, really didn't appreciate). However, it wasn't until later when the theatre group that
Roy Lotz
As You Like It is unquestionably my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies. This is mostly due to the love story being, for once, rather enjoyable. In the majority of Shakespeare’s works I find the romantic relationships to be, at best, an easy engine to move the plot along, or a ready vehicle for the poet’s sallies. Seldom do I find myself in sympathy with the lover or the beloved, mostly because Shakespeare’s most lovable or fascinating characters—King Lear, Iago, Hamlet, Falstaff—are usually not ...more
Rachel Feryus
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite play that I’ve read. I wish that this was the one more teachers used to introduce Shakespeare in school (at least, they didn’t at mine). It’s a lot of fun, it’s in my opinion the least daunting/easiest to read, and has a lot of lovable characters. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a play but has been leery of Shakespeare.

*Orlando and Rosalind forever*
...or Rosalind and Celia, honestly. Best friends are important.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to reading/viewing Shakespeare, I usually like mine cooked on the tragic side. I love a dark, brooding hero. I love Shakespearean angst. And it doesn't quite feel like Shakespeare if there aren't a few dead bodies strewn about the stage by the end of the fifth act.

Yet it is oh so hard to resist Rosalind and the entire comedic premise of As You Like It. Instead of dark brooding, Rosalind offers jest and wit and freedom. She never whines or is somber, at least not for very long. She
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
I waffled a bit between three and four stars with this, but honesty requires three to reflect my actual enjoyment. One of the better comedies, but there are only a few of those that I really like. I listened to the L.A. Theatre Works audio performance of this along with my reading, and, while the songs were beautifully done, Rosalind's emoting was irritating in its excess.
Arybo ✨
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, romance, plays, humor
“Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.”

This is such a charming summertime comedy, and text-wise one of the easiest to understand if you’re first getting into Shakespeare.
All kinds of lovers are lost in the woods – lovers at first sight, pining lovers, lovers that playfully challenge each other – and just as the trees and flowers bloom everywhere, everyone’s emotions are all over the place.

“We that are true lovers run into strange capers. But
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ummmm ... this is kind of Shakespeare's most ridiculous play and, shockingly, I am not here for it. What is wrong with me? Ya'll know that I have impeccable bad taste and love me some trashy plot, but I think I actually found something that is too trashy for my liking. Believe me, I'm disgusted with myself.

As You Like It is one huge clusterfuck and I honestly shouldn't even be surprised. Willie Shakes often channeled his "big dick" energy in his comedies, showing off that he basically gave no f
Ashley Marie
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: Saw a performance rather than reading the script. Rated it anyway.
B. P. Rinehart
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
"I will no further offend you than becomes me for my good."

Wow, okay. I am trying to wrap my feelings around this play. I liked this play, but make no mistake, this was not written for any reason but to earn a quick dollar or pound. The dialogue and speeches in this rom-com is standard Shakespeare, and I am glad because this plot is a weak recycle of one (and I think two) play(s). I am not a lover of romantic comedies, but I like Shakespearean language enough to indulge in his rom-coms. In my m
sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
"Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might: 'Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?'"

There is quite a lot of romance here! Far more love stories than I have ever read in one play before. Or novel, for that matter.

I love William Shakespeare. He is so clever, so witty, so innovative. (Fun fact: did you know we owe many word-inventions to him, including "upstairs" and "downstairs?") The things we can tip our hat in thanks toward him for!

And yet, this love doesn't feel like love but fickle a
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For environmental buffs, as well as theater fans, here 'tis: Shakespeare for jocks, especially wrestlers; Exile in the forest improves those banished, while the misanthropist Jacques gives the Bard's usual (midpoint in play) Great Speech,
including the poetical description of babe in arms, "Mewling and puking," which I've quoted whenever someone says the author's too poetic for them:
" All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And o
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more

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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” 43258 likes
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”
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