2/14/02 @ Sink or Swim, BRIC
7/24/02 @ The Present Company
10/8/02 @ Sink or Swim, BRIC

Tiny Ninja Theater presents Shakespeare's Sonnets brings to life several of the Bard's best-loved sonnets, including:

Sonnet XXXIV
Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day  
And make me travel forth without my cloak,  
To let base clouds o’ertake me in my way,  
Hiding thy bravery in their rotten smoke?  
’Tis not enough that through the cloud thou break,
To dry the rain on my storm-beaten face,  
For no man well of such a salve can speak  
That heals the wound and cures not the disgrace:  
Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief;  
Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss:
The offender’s sorrow lends but weak relief  
To him that bears the strong offence’s cross.  
  Ah! but those tears are pearl which thy love sheds,  
  And they are rich and ransom all ill deeds.

Sonnet CXXX
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun  
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red:  
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;  
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.  
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;  
And in some perfumes is there more delight  
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.  
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know  
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,—  
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:  
  And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare  
  As any she belied with false compare.

Tiny Ninja Theater presents Shakespeare's Sonnets premiered on February 14, 2002 with Sink or Swim at BRIC. It returns periodically as part of benefits and evenings of short works.

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