19 Plays in 59 Days

I’ve been away from the blog, but that doesn’t mean I stopped thinking about Shakespeare. I’ve basically got a year of thinking to fill you in on. One big undertaking in 2010 was my Summer Shakespeare extravaganza. I made sure to see as many productions of the Bard as I could within a 2 month […]

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A Sort of Homecoming

How quickly time passes when there’s lots to do. How quickly I lost track of how long it had been since last updating here. Well dear readers, I’m still alive. Yesterday Duane the Shakespeare Geek sent me a message about a post JM wrote about my extended absence from blogging. Thanks JM for the kind […]

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38 Plays in 38 Days

I got an email a few days ago about an insane and equally exciting challenge: To read Shakespeare’s 38 plays (yes, counting Two Noble Kinsmen) in 38 consecutive days! Does that sound like something you might like to try? Check out http://www.shicho.net/38/ for the full story. It runs from March 1st to April 7th, and […]

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In Mother Country Text Acts You!

Have you ever heard anyone say that when acting Shakespeare, the text acts you, the text does the work for you, or something along those lines? I’m willing to bet you have. But what does it mean that the text acts you? How does it do that? Doesn’t one normally act the text? If the […]

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The Eloquent Shakespeare

A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works with Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue by Gary Logan Have you ever read one on Shakespeare’s works and not known how to pronounce a word? (If not, are you human?) Where do you normally turn? Most regular dictionaries that you might keep on your shelf only […]

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Seconds, Anyone?

For those of you who have been following my theatrical endeavors, Richard III is done. Next up is Hamlet. Again! If you missed it, I posted a while ago about the 90-minute Hamlet I was a part of. The actor who played Hamlet and the director found a theatre in which to do another production… […]

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Trevor Nunn on American Accents

Trevor Nunn, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, wants to do a production of Shakespeare with an all-American cast, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Nunn says, “There is a different energy and a different use of language.” This is certainly true: Americans and Brits have very different rhythms and sounds to the way they speak; I […]

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Vivacious Verse

Romeo and Juliet opens with a prologue that introduces the story that will be the “two hours traffic” on the stage. Only two hours? Isn’t all Shakespeare 4 hours long uncut? I tried to help dispel this myth with Hamlet, and those who think it’s a 5 hour play, as an example. It’s not 5 […]

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What Visions Have I Seen

I asked a couple days ago on Twitter (follow me @BardBlog) for some examples of crazy concepts people had seen. I was impressed, or maybe depressed, by some the examples I got from you! Twelfth Night. All male. On a Submarine. At Christmas. No lie. The Tempest performed literally on an island. Spectators on the […]

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Shakespeare’s Advice To The Players

by Peter Hall I’ve read a lot of Acting Shakespeare books and posted reviews on some of them here. Many good, some not up to par, but Peter Hall’s Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players is definitely a winner in my book. How can you argue with a man who has had over 50 years of […]

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