The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet, from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

There's so little I can say about Hamlet that hasn't been said by writers far more knowledgeable than myself, and there's a good reason for that. This is the most quoted, borrowed-from, acted play of Shakespeare's that I've come across. Hundreds of writers, actors, directors have used this play as a platform for fame or … Continue reading The Tragedy of Prince Hamlet, from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Comedy of Errors,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I'm so glad this one's a short play. Had it been any longer, I would've been banging my head against the wall. I have a distinct feeling it would've been far more fun to watch this on the stage rather than read it. The Comedy of Errors is about twins separated at birth, and one … Continue reading “The Comedy of Errors,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Oh heavens, now we get to the finale of the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster in a very "once and for all" kind of way. The War of the Roses has met it's end with King Richard III--and how! There are so many moments I didn't know were from Richard … Continue reading “Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Moving the penny tickets from the pit to stage level: Drunk Shakespeare today?

(image from ticketfly.com) I was amazed and laughing my butt off when I read this NPR article. I'd never heard of this, but apparently this is something that's been going on in some form or another for many years. Shakespeare with a plastered actor or two, and an audience that can drink all night, too? … Continue reading Moving the penny tickets from the pit to stage level: Drunk Shakespeare today?

“Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare