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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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The Battle of Yorktown: Hamilton’s St. Crispian’s Day Speech

As I said in a previous post, Shakespeare’s language is my language, but his country is not my country.  This means that passages such as John of Gaunt’s speech in Richard II does not have the same effect in the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Game of Thrones: Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Performs Macbeth

One of the greatest points of pride in my life is that I have never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones.  And I never will.  (Well above my limits of violence.)  But I do not need to wonder … 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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Summer of the Sherw Part Deaux: Why Bianca Rebels At the End

I had been thinking about this ever since I saw The Taming of the Shrew. Much of the focus of Taming of the Shrew is on Katherine’s arc, from the shrew to the obedient wife.  My 7th grade English teacher … Continue reading

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Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s Taming of the Shrew: Summer of the Shrew Part Deux

It wouldn’t be summer without the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor free theater.   This year they begin with Taming of the Shrew.  I wish they had done this last year, because I did a bit of The Summer of the … 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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Shakespeare’s Shortcomings

Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” plays that are, on the surface comedies, but have difficulties that rebel against the comedy.  The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and All’s Well That Ends Well are among … Continue reading

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Taming of the Shrew Commentary : Quick Hit

I did spend some time reading commentary for Taming of the Shrew.  Harold Bloom has wonderful collections of literary criticism over the centuries.  I am working through the 20th century at this point.  To me, the most surprising pieces were … 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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