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All the world's a stage... - Jaques
The complete play in five acts. A Shakespeare Recording Society Production.

As You Like It is quintessential Shakespearean comedy, complete with a loquacious clown, lovers, disguises, rifts and reconciliation's, and all within the atmospheric confines of the enchanted Forest of Arden. As the title suggests, As You Like It is a play in wh
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Audio, Abridged, 2 pages
Published April 4th 1991 by Caedmon (first published 1599)
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Madeline
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
OLIVER: OMG IMMA KEEL YOU!
ORLANDO: *runs*
ROSALIND: Hey Celia, your uncle just bani
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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
Bill  Kerwin

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
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James
Book Review
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. He is
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Ted
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:/
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Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Definitely one of favourites. Loved it.
Manny
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
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Darwin8u
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, shakespeare, drama
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:"

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

description

'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
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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,
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Kelly
Jun 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wanda
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.
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Lyn
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Foad
نمايش به اندازه ى باقى كمدى ها، طنز نبود، اما روايت بسيار شيرينى از عشق بود، و باز مثل "رؤیای یک نیمه شب تابستان" و "کمدی اشتباهات"، از جا به جايى شخصيت ها استفاده شده بود، هر چند به شكلى تازه و جالب.

خلاصه نمایش برای یادآوری شخصی

(view spoiler)
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Barry Pierce
Monsieur Jaques, c’est moi.
Alexandra
Nepáči

Až tak ako by som čakala,
no predsa v tom hĺbka občas bola,
I melanchólia - tú mám ja rada
alebo skôr jedného melancholika,
Ale ba!
Je v tom zrada
...alebo skôr láska, a že koľko
Lenže je času nemám toľko

Riešiť s nimi citové guláše,
Raz to niekto zakáže

A veru, ja si také pičoviny zakážem, načo to čítam, keď mám z toho len hlavybôl?
Potom sa tu tvárim ako vôl
Mimoto , mám tu pre vás pozdrav
Ktorý by bolo dobré počuť aj z hôr
Alebo odo mňa

A to: Zimná rozprávka je lepšia
Tak choď čítať to.

Ktoré to, to
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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
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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
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Dominic
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
As you like it, William Shakespeare(1564-1616), c 1623
Characters: Celia, Rosalind, Touchstone
Abstract: As you like it follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.
عنوان1: «هرطور میل شما است»؛ اثر: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ برگردان: «فریده مهدوی دامغانی»، نشر: «اهواز؛ تیر، چاپ نخست 1378؛ در 148ص، شابک: ایکس-964658103»؛ موضوع: «نمایشنامه انگلیسی -- قرن
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Bruce
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play, one of my favorites, is an exploration of love using the contrasts between court and country, artifice and nature, guile and innocent simplicity. Various pairs of lovers are contrasted, the most important protagonist being Rosalind. The norm is blank verse, usually unrhymed. Gender roles are explored and exploited; for example, Rosalind, played of course in Elizabethan drama by a boy, masquerades in the play as a man with whom a woman falls in love and whom a man allows to pretend tha ...more
Melora
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.
Ken Moten
"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
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Manab
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, play
খাসা বই।

ঐদিন সযামুয়েল জনসনেরে গাল দিচছিলাম - জযাকসন না কিনতু - জনসন, ডিকশনারী পরণেতা সমালোচক জনসন, সে সটারনেরে কী বলে উড়ায়ে দিছে, এইসব নিয়ে কথা হচছিলো, আমাদের পরীতম দাস, বিএসসি, ঢাবি আঁতেল মজমার থিওরিমুনি জানাইলেন, এই লোক নাকী শেকসপীয়ারের কমেডিরে তার টরযাজেডির চেয়ে উততম বলছে! সাহস কত বড়!
কত বড় এই সাহস?

শেকসপীয়ারের কমেডি আমি মূল সংসকরণে পড়ছি এর আগে দুইটা, টেমপেসট আর টুয়েলফথ নাইট। টেমপেসট ভালো লাগছে, বিসময়কর সুনদর বই, ছবির মত উঠে আসে সব, অসাধারণ সব বাকয ধরায়ে দেয়া চরিতরদের মুখে, ফেরদিনানদ আর মিরানডা
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Ben
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit, plays
This play has left me with more questions than pleasant emotions or kindly insights. Yes, one must credit Shakespeare with an entertaining "romantic comedy" but also chide him, just a bit, for leaving much to the audience member's disquiet. Rarely have I felt such a lack of resolution in such a neatly resolved story.

I quickly lauded Shakespeare's literary construction around the concepts of Nature and Fortune and their relationship to each other. The play begins with a stage set with separation
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Alan
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Terence
I watched a version of this play set in 19th century Japan recently. I don't know why it was set in 19th century Japan since all the principals remained European and they all ended up in the Forest of Arden dressed like...well, 19th century Europeans.

But it did prompt me to reread the actual play, and I found I enjoyed it much more on the second go around.

(And despite my reservations about the setting, the video was pretty good, too.)
Giedre
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As it turns out, I quite liked it.
Vane J.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always try to write a review for every book I read, but Shakespeare makes it so difficult. I don't really know why. They're not complicated or dense books. I think what happens is that everything I want to say has already been said, so I feel as if my reviews are unnecessary. And what is the purpose of a review that has nothing to add?

Anyway, so this one revolves around Rosalind. She's banished for no particular reason and she decides to go to the forest with Celia. Before that, a gentleman ha
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midnightfaerie
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare wasn't as satisfying as I thought it would be. It started out in good form, similar to Much Ado About Nothing, my favorite Shakespearean play thus far, but then quickly fell flat for me. I thought it would be a little more about the Duke getting banished, but really this was just a side note for the various romances going on. I did enjoy the Rosalind dressing like a man and fooling her lover, as well as the wit a
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Liz Janet
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
There is a forest, everyone in the forest falls in love, around four wedding happen. Also this awesome speech:

“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. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, w
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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.” 41398 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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