I have been looking forward to Pericles for quite some time, so I was ecstatic at the opportunity to take in the Guthrie’s annual Shakespeare rendition.
I didn’t know much about Pericles, except that it is known to be an adventurous tale of the high seas, with enough intrigue and romance to boot.
Danny and I both work downtown, so after work we made the voyage over 35W to Seven Corners for Happy Hour. (I definitely do not spend enough time in this area. So many great bars and restaurants, plus concert venues and playhouses to explore) We started at the Corner Bar, which despite its lackluster name, was quite great. They have wonderful happy hour specials that made me wonder if we should stay there for dinner too.
We didn’t, however, and trekked through the snow to Republic. I had been to the Republic in Uptown a couple of times, but it has never stood out to me. Let me tell you, the Republic at Seven Corners is worth the trip just for the interior. I’m a sucker for old architecture and preserving historic buildings, so I was easily distracted by the shiny things at Republic: stained glass windows, ornate wooden bar, tin ceilings. If this is what you’re into, then make a pit stop here. They have a fun beer list, and the food is more gastropub than average bar fare.
The play was fantastic, which is no surprise because the Guthrie never disappoints. It was the directoring debut of Joseph Haj, the new Artistic Director of the Guthrie. Pirates, princesses, shipwrecks, death at sea, a lost child, evil kings and queens. All of this interwoven into one play will leave you enchanted by the Guthrie.
Be sure to visit the Guthrie’s website to check ticket availability because they’re going fast and the show ends 2/21. Wouldn’t this make a great Valentine’s gift?