Tag: shakespeare

  • Review: Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part III

    Henry VI Part III (Folger Edition) William Shakespeare I don’t know this for a fact, but I imagine the Henry the 6th plays are among the least performed in the Shakespeare cannon. Written early in Will’s career, they just aren’t very good. The first is really down right awful. It is confusing, poorly plotted and […]

  • Review: Shakespeare’s Richard III

    Richard the Third, William Shakespeare, Folger Edition Richard the III is one of the most quoted of all Shakespeare’s plays (“My kingdom for a horse!), it is a title role all serious Shakespearean actors wish to play, and it is a huge step forward in the Bard’s writing from the Henry VI trilogy. This is […]

  • Review: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors

    Comedy of Errors (Arden Shakespeare) William Shakespeare When I decided, years ago, to read the Bard’s works in chronological order, who knew that was going to be such a trying ordeal? I warn you, before you get to Lear and Hamlet you have to go through the long and turgid Richard the VI and the silly […]

  • Notes on Reading All of the Shakespeare Plays

    Last year, I completed a project I’d been working on for years – to read the complete works of the Bard, in chronological order. It was a very up and down affair. You have to kiss a lot of frogs (King John, Comedy of Errors) before you find the princes (Hamlet (ha!), Lear, the HIVs). […]

  • Review: Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) William Shakespeare Is this the most disturbing of Shakespeare’s plays? If it isn’t, it is close. Titus Andronicus returns from war, triumphant, but his cruelty to his captive, Tamora, queen of the Goths, sets of a spiral of increasingly horrific acts of vengeance.  The violence is copious and horrific: […]

  • The Books I Read in 2012

    Attention conservation notice: this post is long and has nothing to do with working out.  I have kept a list of every book I have read I have read since I was thirteen years old.  Yeah, obsessive record keeping didn’t start with my running log.  Below is a list of every book I read this […]

  • Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) Is this the most disturbing of Shakespeare’s plays? If it isn’t, it is close. Titus Andronicus returns from war, triumphant, but his cruelty to his captive, Tamora, queen of the Goths, sets of a spiral of increasingly horrific acts of vengeance.  The violence is copious and horrific: Titus murders […]

  • Review: Richard III

    Richard the Third, William Shakespeare, Folger Edition Richard the III is one of the most quoted of all Shakespeare’s plays (“My kingdom for a horse!), it is a title role all serious Shakespearean actors wish to play, and it is a huge step forward in the Bard’s writing from the Henry VI trilogy. This is […]

  • Henry VI Part III

    Henry VI Part III (Folger Edition) William Shakespeare I don’t know this for a fact, but I imagine the Henry the 6th plays are among the least performed in the Shakespeare cannon. Written early in Will’s career, they just aren’t very good. The first is really down right awful. It is confusing, poorly plotted and […]