“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages …” — William Shakespeare, “As You Like It.” A master of distilling the human experience into universal core truths, Shakespeare introduces the “Seven Ages of Man” in his pastoral comedy “As You Like It.” The “All the world’s a stage” piece blends the ancient with the modern to prove that the seven stages laid out in this famous monologue reign just as true today (and will tomorrow) as they did when they were written over 400 years ago.