A little bit late, but hopefully worth waiting for!
It’s the start of CHINESE NEW YEAR (a.k.a. Lunar New Year a.k.a. objectively the best new year).
I’ve covered the basics of Chinese New Year before, but this year I thought it would be fun to run through the Chinese Zodiac and give each animal sign a Shakespearean equivalent based on that sign’s supposed characteristics. (Don’t argue with me about any of them. Like astrology, this is entirely arbitrary and for entertainment purposes only.)
Don’t know your animal sign? Find the one that lists your birth year. Shakespeare was born in 1564, so he’s definitely a Rat.
Xin nian kuai le, gong xi fa cai, and other new year greetings to my Asian, semi-Asian, and Asian-adjacent readers out there! May your hongbao be plentiful.
HERE BE LIONS.
Pyramus and Thisbe continues!
“Ninny’s tomb” will never not make me laugh.
BRING ON THE RUDE MECHANICALS!
When we last left our heroes, everything had been sorted out and everyone had gotten married, so that means the play is over, right
Almost. But not quite.
It’s PYRAMUS AND THISBE TIME!
We haven’t checked in with our friendly mechanicals lately…
And now… ON TO ACT FIVE!
OK, Theseus, time to use your kingly powers of life and death for good.
Be honest - you kind of forgot about Bottom, didn’t you? I know I did.