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The Quick Twelfth Night 

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The Shakespeare Diaries 

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The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale brings to mind the Ed Hardy-clad Stefon of SNL’s Weekend Update fame. This play has everything! Death! Disguise! Mutilation! Heartbreak! Resurrection! Statues! Bears! Bill Hader would giggle and glance flirtatiously at Seth Meyers while adding,’and it spans … Continue reading

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The Two Noble Kinsmen

Categorized as a ‘romance,’ and widely believed to have been co-authored by John Fletcher, this play is often left out of the Shakespeare canon entirely. But if  The Riverside Shakespeare, I will, too. And since I’m reading alphabetically, this penultimate … Continue reading

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

In this early, and fairly spotty, comedy Shakespeare emphasizes the adage that actions speak louder than words. This is an interesting concept for a playwright, a play reader, and an audience member to explore. The words are written first, but … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will

A veil, or being veiled, has many meanings and as many effects. In Twelfth Night, or What You Will Shakespeare shows veils to be double-edged cloth that impact each character and the action in unique ways, depending on how they’re worn. … Continue reading

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The History of Troilus and Cressida

In Troilus and Cressida Shakespeare creates a world of unresolved uncertainty, and while initially unsatisfying, it actually more accurately reflects reality than more tightly tidied plays. He leaves us hanging in many ways, and challenges the readers’ and the audiences’ need … Continue reading

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