TWO GENTLEMEN—THE “LEAST REGARDED OF SHAKESPEARE’S COMEDIES”. When I saw that Shakespeare on the Sound was doing The Two Gentlemen of Verona, I was pleased with the opportunity to see one of the five Shakespeare plays I had not seen. However, I thought they had taken on a tremendous challenge. There is a reason that I had not seen the Two Gentlemen of Verona. It is almost never done. Ann Barton’s essay on The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Riverside Shakespeare explains why producers are reluctant to take the play on. She opens with the assertion that it is “the least loved and least regarded of Shakespeare’s comedies”. She ends the first paragraph of the essay by referring to it as a “limping forerunner” of Shakespeare’s other comedies.

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