The Problem Plays feature as bewildering statuary lit by a gradually shifting light-and-laser experience. Each statue is a character in a different play by Shakespeare, and this area is specifically devoted to those plays which are neither really comedies, nor tragedies. As you decide whether to laugh, weep, or shrug, Â ethereal music underscores lush tonal screams, and laughter emanates Â from Â hidden speakers.
Try not to hurry–for mirrors and glass walls maze about like drunken serpents, and seem almost to bicker over whether the exit is over HERE, or over THERE.
Troilus & Cressida, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Alls Well that Ends Well, Cymbeline, and The Tempest are just a few of the difficult-to-categorize dramatic works represented here.
I’d still like to leave… umm… oh! This way.
Or… hmm. Perhaps remembering the plots of the plays will help? As the gigantic Pericles piece slowly revolves in eternal Â confusion as to what the hell this place is trying to say, see if you can solve the labyrinth of his life, written on his body. If you do, will he listen? Can you change the O of anguish on his face into a contented smile?
If that’s just too much, you can stare at this glowing statue of Helena, who, in All’s Well that Ends Well, learns that her king is sick, impersonates a medical doctor to cure him, and comes up with a brilliant plot to marry her own brother, who is not only her brother, but a) an asshole and b) her brother, Helena, what are you doing??Â When she succeeds, note with awkward interest that the tone of the play is obviously supposed to sound “happy” but the subject matter makes it more… icky…
Let’s just get out of here. I think it’s this way.
Ouch. That was a glass wall. Okay, let’s… look at another statue.
Who’s this regal looking lady-Colossus?
Why, could it beÂ HermioneÂ from the Winter’s Tale? We’ll give you a hint: it’s Hermione, fromÂ The Winter’s Tale.Â See how she changes under the shifting lights!
Now can we leave? This! This is definitely a doorway!
Okay, that’s a mirror, I know, because that’s my face in it. So the exit must be… this way?
Nope. Another mirror.
Oh, look at this!
Here are statues of characters fromÂ CymbelineÂ andÂ The Tempest.
Oh, and that’s… that’s the way out.