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The Power of Nostalgia, and the Music of the Night

Saturday morning I woke up after a very strange dream.  I dreamed that I was in Toronto, and I had tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theater, but I was late.  I was wandering through … 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: 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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The Very Truth and Nature of Ambivalance: My Thoughts on Romeo and Juliet

On an earlier post commemorating the birthday (really the day of his baptism) of Shakespeare, I commented that “I hate Romeo and Juliet just as much as the next person.” A commenter asked me, “How you can you hate Romeo … Continue reading

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