The University Branch Library’s “Monday Night Movies at the Library” series takes a Shakespearean twist in April. Each week’s movie features a different Shakespearean theme.
The movies begin at 6:00 pm every Monday in April, and will be shown in the Meeting Room of the University Branch Library, located at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land.
The movie to be featured on Monday, April 2, is a romantic comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Bianca is a pretty and popular teenager whose parents will not let her start dating until her older, odious sister, Kat, has a date of her own. In desperation, Bianca schemes to match Kat with her male equivalent – a guy whose reputation is so infamous that Kat might rise to the challenge and find him interesting. This film is rated PG-13.
The feature film on Monday, April 9, is a 1961 award-winning musical starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, and Richard Beymer. This classic romance adapts the basic conflicts of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the rivalry of New York City street gangs. The vitality of Jerome Robbins’ choreography is unmatched in its cinematic brilliance and blends with the other elements of the film to create an utterly distinctive movie experience. This film is not rated.
On Monday, April 16, enjoy a 1953 film version of Cole Porter’s stage hit musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in which two theater actors who were once married to each other are now performing opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katherine. This film is not rated.
Was Shakespeare a fraud? The movie to be shown on Monday, April 23, is set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, and explores the issue that has intrigued academics and brilliant minds for centuries: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Focusing on a time of cloak-and-dagger political intrigue and illicit romances in the Royal Court, when the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed on the London stage, this film poses one possible answer. Rated PG-13.
The month wraps up on Monday, April 30, with an edgy farce about two minor characters from Hamlet whom no one can keep straight. The misfits are on their way to deliver a letter to the king. Along the way, they manage to confuse who they are, create ahead-of-their-time inventions, and nearly get themselves killed. A linguistic battle continues throughout the film, and is manifested in a verbal tennis match. This film is rated PG.
The “Monday Night Movies at the Library” are free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-633-5100 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.