Category Archives: Shakespeare

William Shakespeare: A Popular Life

This … book … was originally released in 2001, and all but states it is meant to ride the doublet-tails of “the success of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love“. I was puzzled by this for a moment – I … Continue reading

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In a way, this is hard. There is no denying that this film was absolutely gorgeous to look at. Fassbender and Cotillard are beautiful, of course, and the rest of the cast, if not beautiful, has a great deal of … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night (also known as “‘Back’ is such a relative term”)

I have no idea where this month has gone. Poof, even. It’s a good thing, in one way at least: Twelfth Night is coming! Well, it’s there now, at the Hartford Stage: Twelfth Night May 18 – June 16 By … Continue reading

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Much Ado About a trailer

There’s a trailer. I’m excited. Related articles First Trailer for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing ( Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Trailer ( ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Looks Like a Pretty Fun Party at Joss Whedon’s Place ( … Continue reading

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The winter isn’t quite so full of discontent, suddenly

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow the exciting Richard III news on Goodreads; heaven knows American news has been doing diddly all with it, so the Ricardians and Plantagenet fans online were where I learned about the … Continue reading

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The Lodger Shakespeare – Charles Nicholl, Simon Vance

I pounced on this because I enjoyed/admired/appreciated Charles Nicholl’s The Reckoning, about the murder of Christopher Marlowe, and because I was mad about Simon Vance’s reading of Dust and Shadow. Those two, plus Shakespeare, indicated an instant win. Well… mostly. … Continue reading

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Her Majesty’s Will – David Blixt

For someone who dislikes the use of real people as characters in fiction, I do seem to keep reading it. I admit it: I see the name “Shakespeare” associated with something, it’s going to attract my attention, and it’s probably … Continue reading

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The Tempest at the Hartford Stage

I’m excited. Every year, it seems, I do the research on Shakespeare plays that are going to be produced in Connecticut – they’re doing Hamlet over here, and the Dream over there, and Much Ado yonder, and oh boy can’t … Continue reading

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Anonymous postscript

So, it’s been a little while. Last post was my review of a fairly bad movie, Anonymous. I expected some kind of reaction – but not what I got. I did not expect the childish name-calling and wrong-headed abusiveness that … Continue reading

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The most tragicall comedie or comicall tragedie of Anonymous

I’m a Stratfordian, which means that I have no doubt that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare: Occam’s Razor – there is no reason to question it. But I have to say, some time back there was a PBS presentation outlining the claim … Continue reading

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