This is definitely a classic Shakespearean comedy, complete with disguises, intrigue, love, humor, and a lot of fun. In all honesty, I am not generally a big fan of comedies, but this is definitely an example of an exception. As to the edition itself, I found it to be greatly helpful in understanding the action in the play. It has a layout which places each page of the play opposite a page of notes, definitions, explanations, and other things needed to understand that page more thoroughly. While I didn't always need it, I was certainly glad to have it whenever I ran into a turn of language that was unfamiliar, and I definitely appreciated the scene-by-scene summaries. Really, if you want to or need to read Shakespeare, an edition such as this is really the way to go, especially until you get more accustomed to it.
Funny, for Shakespeare. One of his comedy plays about a woman who is shipwrecked in a foreign country and decides that she would be better off impersonating a man. She falls into a scheme to help a wealthy count hook up with a rich woman, but doesn't count on the woman falling for HER. Oh, and she has a twin brother, and there are some really genuinely funny episodes wherein another man is trying to score the same aforementioned woman. It's Chick-Lit, brought to you by Shakespeare.
This is the classic Shakespearean comedy of mistaken identity, mayhem and the triumph of true love. Twins are separated during a shipwreck and each is certain the other has died. Viola pretends to be her brother for safety reasons and becomes caught up in a romantic triangle. Alls well that ends well.
One of the more fun of WS' plays. Mistaken identities; women pursuing women; brother pursuing sister (kind of); clowns and dolts; all coming to a grinding happy end. This is the play to which the character of WS makes reference at the end of the movie "Shakespeare in Love". Overview; Introduction; Textual Note; Source Note; essay by Barnabe Rich; Commentaries by Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt; Charles Lamb; and five more; and extensive Bibliography. 192 pp.