Shakespeare Blog Carnival #6

It’s that time again! Let’s see what the month brought in. Feel free to explore some blogs you haven’t seen before. Thanks to everyone who submitted and thanks to any and all readers! Remember to keep those submissions coming. I want to see a big carnival next month! Welcome to the September 1, 2008 edition […]

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What Would Shakespeare Think?

In a lot of articles and interviews with people who are creating scholarly, theatrical, or other artistic products of or based on Shakespeare’s works there seems to be a common question: “What do you think Shakespeare would have to say about what you’re doing?” The common answer is something to the effect of, “I think […]

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Staging Textbook Shakespeare

By textbook Shakespeare I mean a history lesson exploring the time that the play is set in as well as learning about the audience mentality during the era when the plays were written and first performed. We can also say a historicist production. If the title of this post sounds like I’m going to tell […]

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Hamlet and Son

The Shakespeare Geek has asked yet another interesting question that got me thinking quite a bit. “What do you think Hamlet’s relationship was with his father?” and later says, “… I think much of Hamlet’s hesitation comes out of a fear to acknowledge his true feelings about his dad.” The following is mostly in response […]

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Wicked Sisters?

In King Lear, the sisters Goneril and Regan are often seen to be rather… evil. They do after all turn away their father from their houses. But each time I see it I’m a little bothered by the portrayal. It seems to me that they are resigned to be cruel from the start after they […]

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What are you reading?

It’s time for some show and tell. I’m curious to hopefully find some new reading material…So who’s reading some good books right now? Currently I’m working on a very interesting piece called The Shakespearean Dramaturg: A Theoretical and Practical Guide by Andrew James Hartley. He’s the resident Dramaturg at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. There’s a […]

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Hamlet Uncut is 5 Hours Long!

“The play as written is 4 1/2 to five hours long,” “Depending on the staging, a full, uncut production of Hamlet can last four to five hours.” “Uncut, Hamlet runs a good five hours” Or does it? Those few random statements I found in articles online are everywhere. Reviews, books, classroom lectures, essays, and in […]

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Shakespeare Blog Carnival #5

The month of July didn’t bring in many submissions at all. I’m sure you were all out playing in the sun. I sure wasn’t. I’ve spent too much time indoors this summer. Well here are the links you’ve been waiting for! Hannah gives us a few comments on As You Like It in the poast […]

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Condemning of ‘The Shrew’

The Taming of the Shrew is a wonderful play that we theatre artists all love for the great characters, the comedy, the language… But what about the “problem” of the audience? This play is one (of many) of Shakespeare’s works that has elements that just seems to rub we moderns the wrong way. Will spectators […]

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Choose Your Own Shakespearean Adventure

I came across a review of a show that was very intriguing to me. It’s called Choose Your Own Shakespeare. Did you ever read those action series novels Choose Your Own Adventure when you were younger? Or maybe you still do. It’s sort of like that. The actors have many scenes and monologues in memory […]

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