Midsummer Night’s Dream

I have a confession to make: I’ve never been a huge fan of this play.  It’s a classic, it’s cute, but I’ve never thought that the romantic confusion was incredibly hilarious – even before I read all of Shakespeare’s other comedies.  The funniest part in any production that I’ve seen is always the play-within-a-play at … Continue reading

Richard the Second

Here’s the thing: You can cut the first two scenes out of this play entirely.  It should just start with the duel between the Duke of Norfolk and Henry Bolingbroke.  Really, the play needs as much action as it can get, and the major flaw in it is the amount of talking that people do … Continue reading

Romeo & Juliet

I am returning to this blog, after a bit of a hiatus, with one of the most iconic and timeless shows that Shakespeare ever wrote.  It’s not the best play he ever wrote, but it’s still an iconic love story that is always going to be around.  The question becomes making it relevant, and not … Continue reading

Antony and Cleopatra

Too many times, when somebody talks about doing a Shakespeare play, they use the phrase “it’s really difficult.” And to be fair, Shakespeare is always difficult. You need a lot of skill and dedication to perform any of these plays effectively so a modern audience understands and cares about the story. So I usually think … Continue reading

Timon of Athens

What, you haven’t heard of this play?  At all?  Yeah, that’s not suprising.  I bet you want to pronounce it Timone of Athens, too. Well, friends, this obscure play is about a popular Athenian socialite who suddenly falls into debt and subsequently loses all of his friends.  Or rather – he descends into debt by … Continue reading

Taming of the Shrew

My focus for this week’s entry is: What the hell is the point of that Induction? Seriously, what is the point of the first few scenes in this play?  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s probably because most productions simply cut out the first two scenes of this play, and the story … Continue reading

Much Ado About Nothing

Something strange happened when I was making this post. Somehow, when I got to the end of my writing – the very end – everything got deleted. Inexplicable. Nevertheless, I now hate this play with a burning passion, merely because of that technical mishap. Fucking hate it. Before, I only disliked it. But now you … Continue reading

Measure for Measure

Let me just begin by saying that the Duke in Measure for Measure is one of the most fascinating characters in all of Shakespeare.  Maybe I’m just saying that because I don’t get why he does half the things he does.  But, like Hamlet, simply calling him “one of luxury, an ass, a madman” is … Continue reading

Henry The Fourth Part II

I realize that, since I wrote this up on Valentine’s Day, I probably should have tried to read a romantic comedy this week.  But I didn’t, because I don’t actually care.  There is a whore named Doll Tearsheet, who offers a few elements of romantic comedy to this play, so I suppose that works. So… … Continue reading