Monthly Archives: March 2014

These! Paper! Bullets!

Originally I intended to post only about plays I’d read as I completed them.  But last night I saw These! Paper! Bullets!, a new romp at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven based on Much Ado About Nothing, and … Continue reading

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The Comedy of Errors

Four down and 34 to go, although I doubt I’ll average one per week regularly.  It was easy in this case; The Comedy of Errors (circa 1593), at 1786 lines, is Shakespeare’s shortest play.  What I’ve noticed, not surprisingly or particularly … Continue reading

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As You Like It

The forest is strewn, literally and figuratively, with lovely wordplay in this comedy set largely in the fictitious forest of Arden ( a play on “Ardor”, perhaps?).  The language is the thing in As You Like It.  Not much happens. … Continue reading

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Antony & Cleopatra

In digesting this rather long play (3573 lines, from around 1606) I am trying to figure out what most makes it a tragedy.  Possibly the (all too common) dismal portrayal of a leading female character; possibly the seeming lack of … Continue reading

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