Disclaimer: I actually do not like Romeo and Juliet. I have to be honest. Part of my dislike of the play comes from the fact that two summers ago I worked for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in the box office and they happened to be doing R&J. I had to wait for my carpool buddy, who […]Read more "Romeo y Julieta, Teatro Helénico"
(Continued from “A Tale of Two Genres: All’s Well that Ends Well”) In Measure for Measure, written earlier, Shakespeare presents us with the exact opposite. He arrests the control of the quasi-comedy from women entirely and places it in the hands of the Duke, who becomes the dramaturgical puppet master. In this simple maneuver, Measure […]Read more "A Tale of Two Genres: Measure for Measure"
Midway through Shakespeare’s career, Renaissance playwrights became increasingly discontented with the contemporary generic limitations of comedy and tragedy. Shakespeare’s solution, as always, was to completely ignore the structure of both genres and write plays that could fit into neither. Thus, during the early years of the reign of King James I, he wrote three so-called […]Read more "A Tale of Two Genres: Alls Well that Ends Well"
Courtroom Scene: the Exercise of Power Antonio, Shylock, and Portia’s diverse objectives and power relations unite in the courtroom and counter each other: Portia wants to save Antonio’s life, Antonio wants Bassanio to appreciate his immense sacrifice, and Shylock wants his vengeance. In what he thinks is his ultimate sacrifice, Antonio paints himself as the […]Read more "The Disenfranchised and the Martyr: Merchant of Venice part 2"
A while ago, College Humor, I believe, produced an interesting video about our age-old desire to go back to the “better days” of the past (not to get too political, but the Daily Show with Trevor Noah did something similar at a Trump rally). In this video, Girl #1 entered a room in a different […]Read more "The Misogyny of Shakespeare’s Theater?"
Alright folks. Stop what you’re doing right now. Right…now…there you go. Congrats you put down the knitting, the political treatise, the politico article, the Buzzfeed quiz, the snapchat (NO you may not snapchat my blog post). Put them all down and go to this link (after you finish reading this paragraph at least). This is […]Read more "A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Emma Rice’s 1st Victory"
Let’s talk about the “universality” of Shakespeare. People who talk about Shakespeare fall (usually) into two camps. A) Shakespeare is universal. Everyone loves him when they experience him and he captures the human condition, etc, etc, etc. B) Shakespeare’s a great playwright who definitely was great at portraying struggles that are obviously common to a lot […]Read more "Shakespeare in Kabul"