After Shakespeare on the Green announced they were putting on a production of “A Few Good Men” this Spring, it became immediately clear that the theater company’s definition of “Shakespeare-related” is pretty fucking generous.
“‘A Few Good Men’ is a tragic show that in the Shakespearean tradition depicts how men can be corrupted by power and lose themselves,” said board member Marty Powell, not realizing what a huge stretch that is.
“Shakespeare was all about the big reveal,” continued Powell, really taking some creative liberties with the connections she made to Shakespeare. “Romeo and Juliet, not dead. Iago, a bad guy. When Jack Nicholson confesses he ordered the code red, that’s classic Shakespeare.”
“Some of the movie takes place at a Naval Base and all those ships are a direct nod to The Tempest,” Powell said, furthering his unbelievably loose interpretation of Shakespeare’s work. “And when Jack Nicholson defends the military keeping us safe at all costs, that guy is basically Macbeth.”
The site-specific work will take place in the middle of the Providence River, which they seem to think is what Shakespeare would have wanted.