Who doesn’t enjoy the classics? Whether it’s a longstanding classic or a modern one, classics are classics for a reason—they are entirely original and can stand the test of time. But what if an old classic was to be applied to a modern classic? Seems like an ungodly, Frankenstein-like monstrosity, right? Well, that’s exactly what happened with ‘Pulp Shakespeare (or Bard Fiction).’
If you haven’t figured it out from the title, ‘Pulp Shakespeare’ is Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare blended together to create a new “new” modern classic. Basically its Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece put into Shakespearean verse. Yes, you read that right and if you think it sounds awesome, that’s because it is.
Adapted by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer & Brian Watson-Jones and directed by Ovation Award winner Amanda McRaven, ‘Pulp Shakespeare' runs just a bit shorter than the movie. But just about every single scene is recreated live, in front of your eyes. The only alterations to the show are the translations of modern dialogue into something more in accordance to the Bard. The names are also slightly modified to fit Shakespearean time. Examples are changing Vincent’s name to Vincenzio and Jules to Julius. Also, instead of the duo discussing how to say Big Mac in French (“Royale with cheese” or “Le Big Mac”), they translate it into how to say cottage pie (“Hachis Parmentier”).
Now you’re probably wondering: “What about Tarantino’s signature use of violence?” In this take on a classic with a classical twist (get it?), daggers appropriately replace guns, and though there is no graphic bloody violence per se, it does not take away from the scenes. What it does is bring out more of the dark humor of the film. There is, however, one scene that is recreated a bit more graphically than the one in the film. You’ll see what I mean when you see the play, which you should immediately.
The play is a must see for any Tarantino or Shakespeare fan or really anyone who enjoys a good play. It’s almost a confirmation that Shakespeare was reincarnated into Tarantino, though that may be a stretch for some. Either way, you will relive the film in a way you’ve never imagined. Dost thou have anything better to do?
‘Pulp Shakespeare’ runs through March 8th at Theater Asylum in Hollywood. Showings are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Purchase tickets at Theater Asylum’s website. Now stop being such an artless rampallian and go see it.