When life at court gets tough, run away to the woods. That seems to be the rule of thumb for the characters of As You Like It, all of whom end up in the Forest of Arden for one reason or another, where things seem to stop making sense. Time slows down, poems appear on trees, nobody’s gender makes sense, and everyone gets married in the end. How? I don’t know. It’s a mystery. A mystery featuring Shakespeare’s largest female role — the robustly loquacious Rosalind — a lion, a snake, a palm tree, Hymen, and a deus ex Jacques de Boys. What’s not to like?
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare