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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 resulted from the two anti-Stratfordians who showed up. To be perfectly honest, the nasty childishness… Continue reading Anonymous postscript

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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 that Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, actually wrote the works attributed to one… Continue reading The most tragicall comedie or comicall tragedie of Anonymous

Geekery · Shakespeare · Theatre

Twelfth Night – Viola

VIOLA A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled me, was yet of many accounted beautiful: but, though I could not with such estimable wonder overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly publish her; she bore a mind that envy could not but call fair. She is drowned already, sir, with… Continue reading Twelfth Night – Viola

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Twelfth Night – Branagh/Thames Shakespeare

Branagh (1988) (Thames Shakespeare Collection) Made for television? VIOLA: Frances Barber FESTE: Anton Lesser DUKE ORSINO: Christopher Ravenscroft MALVOLIO: Richard Briers SIR TOBY BELCH: James Saxon OLIVIA: Caroline Langrishe SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: James Simmons MARIA: Abigail McKern ANTONIO: Stuart McCreery SEBASTIAN: Sebastian/Curio: Christopher Hollis DIRECTOR: Paul Kafno; Producers: Paul Kafno, Ian Martin OTHER: Paul Williams… Continue reading Twelfth Night – Branagh/Thames Shakespeare

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Twelfth Night – Live at Lincoln Center

Good grief, tonight is Twelfth Night! I so intended to have all my posts done!  (And my book finished!  And … stuff.  Woops.) However, in honor of the Lord of Misrule and all that, let’s see what I can accomplish.  I’ve Netflixed the BBC 12th, which for some reason I bought in VHS (!), and also… Continue reading Twelfth Night – Live at Lincoln Center

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Twelfth Night – by Tim Supple

Theatrical release VIOLA: Parminder Nagra FESTE: Zubin Varla DUKE ORSINO: Chiwetel Ejiofor MALVOLIO: Michael Maloney SIR TOBY BELCH: David Troughton OLIVIA: Claire Price SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK: Richard Bremner MARIA: Maureen Beattie ANTONIO: Andrew Kazamia SEBASTIAN: Ronny Jhutti DIRECTOR: Tim Supple OK, it’s more than time I got back to Twelfth Night.  In a couple of… Continue reading Twelfth Night – by Tim Supple


Sir Patrick Stewart: Macbeth

Last Wednesday night, Great Performances aired a film version of Rupert Goold’s production of Macbeth, which ran first  in the West End of London and then in Brooklyn, I believe?  starring Sir Patrick Stewart.  I was excited – I love the play, I love him … And Shakespeare!  I wanted desperately for there to be a Shakespeare production… Continue reading Sir Patrick Stewart: Macbeth

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Twelfth Night: Give me some music!

It struck me while watching the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production again (yet again) that as the music used in the play goes, so goes the play.  Not too groundbreaking an observation, as it has to be a goal of production to fit any music used in a play to the rest of the staging… Continue reading Twelfth Night: Give me some music!

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Twelfth Night: Money matters

It really does … Through the play money crops up over and over.  It’s a factor in the plot, to a surprising – to me at least – extent. The Captain tells Viola he saw Sebastian riding the waves clinging to a mast, so maybe, just maybe he survived; and Viola’s response:  “For saying so, there’s… Continue reading Twelfth Night: Money matters

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Twelfth Night: Come away, come away, death

ETA: I’ve been a little surprised to see the number of hits on this post, and maybe it’s made me a little paranoid. But paranoid or not, I need to say: I’m hereby placing a curse on any homework this might be illicitly recycled into. May your paper shrivel; may your ink fade; may your… Continue reading Twelfth Night: Come away, come away, death