Monday, March 10, 2014

Ides of March Madness

Voting for round one concluded on the morning of 3/14/14. To view and vote in round two, click here!
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For sports fans around the country, the month of March means one thing: college basketball. But for avid theater fans, March Madness hype can get lost among the busy-ness of springtime Broadway openings, the beginning of the year's awards season watch, and, of course, the critical acclaim for Fiasco Theater's Measure for Measure playing this month at the New Vic! 

Here at the New Vic (where we're sports and theater fans alike) we thought, why should we have to choose? 

Now we don't have to! Yes, the time has come for the Ides of March Madness! Play along as we determine the ultimate Shakespeare play. Comedies and tragedies compete to be crowned king... which, as Shakespeare has taught us, might not be all that it's cracked up to be!

We need YOUR votes to make this happen. Use our survey below to help us narrow down the first round choices, match-by-match. You can also click here to download our official, printable bracket and play along at home. Be sure to check back on March 14 to see if your favorite play makes the cut and to vote in the next round!

21 comments:

  1. How the heck are you supposed to choose between Lear and Hamlet? Augh!

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    1. Agreed. Terrible first round pairing. Although the choices for that category our tough. But those are two 1 seeds. King Lear may be the best ever.

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    2. Easy you pick Hamlet!

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    3. It certainly was tough having to pair those two... but it had to be done! May the best play win!

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  2. Titus Andronicus and Othello? That ought to be a blow out!

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    1. That depends - is it the better General or the general greatness of the play?

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    2. Actually, having read both in high school, I must say TITUS had the greater impact on my young mind. But you gotta love a great Iago!

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  3. A tad disappointed that Coriolanus didn't make the first round...but I'm very biased since it is my current favorite.

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    1. Ah, we had to narrow down to 32 plays, so those not included in the first folio were the first to get cut. A cheap shot, perhaps!

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  4. Yup, ... I had to vote for King Lear; it's simply the better play. And if Othello doesn't move ahead, something is wrong with the system.

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    1. I assure you, the system is 100% by the people! (Though the gore of TITUS doesn't seem to have excited our voters all that much! Othello has a healthy lead as of now!)

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  5. The potential Hamlet vs. Macbeth in round two is a brutal match-up.

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  6. I also wish I didn't have to choose between Lear and Hamlet in the first round! They're both so good, and a battle of the titans like that ought to be finals or semifinals...

    (Also, I had to skip a few brackets because I hadn't seen or read the plays in question ... the history plays especially, I've only seen/read a couple of those. I hope that doesn't make me a bad fan!)

    Also kinda sad about having Titus Andronicus so overmatched in the first round ... Aaron the Moor is such a fun character, and I have a particular fondness for Tamora the Goth Queen as well.

    But between that play and Othello? No contest.

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  7. Richard II vs Henry V? That's just cruel! How can I choose between the fabulous rhetoric of my two favorite histories?

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  8. No fair putting Henry V against Richard II. If you must put history plays against each other fairest way is to put them in historical order!

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  9. wait, why is Cymbeline listed as a tragedy?

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  10. No Henry VI Part 3? Or is that included with the other 2 Henry VIs?

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  11. As you like it against Midsummer was tough. I dread the result will not be the one i chose (As you like it FTW!)

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  12. Can we vote more than once?

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