The things that happen when you’re not paying attention, or, how the hell did I not know there was a musical of Cyrano let alone a new film?!!

(stage photo from losextras.es) I've been on and offline a lot lately and suddenly, I saw something that made me crazy excited. I suppose this "musical theater" interest came at the right time, because I was about to watch an old MST3K episode (The Brain That Wouldn't Die, and yes, I know, by now they're … Continue reading The things that happen when you’re not paying attention, or, how the hell did I not know there was a musical of Cyrano let alone a new film?!!

“All is Well” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

We're wrapped up with Shakespeare at last! I suppose it's possible to get burned out on Shakespeare in a year, and maybe it's just been an awful two months, but I just couldn't get into these last two plays at all. But I'll give you some basics to work on in case you've heard of … Continue reading “All is Well” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Winter’s Tale,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I'd heard a lot about The Winter's Tale, but don't know anybody offhand that's read it, and haven't seen it advertised as being on stage in a while. For a fantasy romance, I suppose it works, and it's definitely far-fetched with the way family is split and reunited and all that stuff (hey, when the … Continue reading “The Winter’s Tale,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Maybe it's just been a bad time, but I tried for two weeks to read and get into this play. I think I should read it again another day, but honestly, I think I'm a bit tired of these "comedies of errors" that keep cropping up. Week after week of romance, pining, mistaken identity, tricks … Continue reading “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

My Copy: 9781476764528 (image from amazon.com) Just so you know, Hemingway fans may hate this review. Actually, Hemingway haters might hate it, too, because I can't figure out how to describe this book...except that I couldn't finish it. I tried to for two weeks and only got through page 140. It's not that long of … Continue reading A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand

My Copy: 9780451531988 (image from amazon.com) From the bloody violence of Titus yesterday comes a story of ridiculous love story and play for Valentine's Day (that was a coincidence, by the way, I just finished it last night). Anyway, Cyrano de BergeracĀ is the story of a master wordsmith and poet who is a gallant champion … Continue reading Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 (Note: Amended 1/9 due to info lost with internet connection last night.) This is reputed to be Shakespeare's first credited work, and I have to say it's not that bad of a start to his prolific career. At least it's mostly a comedy. "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" refers to Valentine and … Continue reading “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare