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Sunset Baby and the Audience’s Play

I saw Sunset Baby last night at Dobama Theatre, which bills itself as Cleveland’s Off Broadway Play.  They have a wonderful thrust stage theater and a reputation for taking risks in their repertoire.  They began their season with Sunset Baby … Continue reading

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Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s Troilus and Cressida, aka Shakespeare writes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

I wanted to write a review of The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s Troilus and Cressida, one of Shakespeare’s rarely performed “problem plays”.  And yet, I have been struggling to write it.  Not because I didn’t like it (I did) but because … Continue reading

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Summer of the Shrew Part Deaux: Katherine’s Ironic Speech

The speech that Katherine gives at the end of The Taming of the Shrew has been the subject of much discussion.  Is this speech meant to be interpreted on face value, or is it ironic? Much of this is due … Continue reading

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Taming of the Shrew: Sun, Moon, or Actor’s Performance?

I read Taming of the Shrew when I was in college, well, sort of.  Our professor asked us to read the play throughout the semester, and once a week we met in the school’s black box theater to act out … Continue reading

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Taming of the Shrew: Induction

The Taming of the Shrew does not begin with the story of Katherine and Petruchio, or even with Katherine and her sister.  Instead, it begins with Christopher Sly, the tinker who passes out drunk and is made to believe he … Continue reading

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My First Experience With Taming of the Shrew

When I was in college, I took two classes on Shakespeare; one devoted to Tragedies and the other devoted to Comedies.  In the Comedies class, we met each Friday in the black box theater to read and act out Taming … Continue reading

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Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s Romeo and Juliet

Last Friday, I ventured to the other side of the world, or rather Tremont, to see Romeo and Juliet. My friend and I sat in lawn chairs eating sandwiches from Potbelly as we waited for the play to begin. I … Continue reading

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What does Hamlet Do?

One of the ongoing debates regarding Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet is, as many critics contend, Hamlet is “unable to make up his mind.”  In the mind of critics such as Coleridge and Goethe, Hamlet is a thinker, and … Continue reading

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Hamlet the God: Bloom’s Poem Unlimited

I read Harold Bloom’s Hamlet: Poem Unlimited this weekend.  I was a little disappointed.  The problem with Harold Bloom’s book on Hamlet is that he is simply too enthralled with Hamlet’s character.  Indeed, he suggests that worship is the correct … Continue reading

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To be or not to be (in the play)

As promised, at last, is my scandalous, blasphemous post.  It is potentially so scandalous and blasphemous, that I may very well be taken to Stratford to face the Shakespeare Inquisition, where I will be burned at the stake for heresy. … Continue reading

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