The Importance of Free Shakespeare

This weekend my son saw his second Shakespeare production. He is one year old. Despite my personal beliefs, I do not have some sort of miracle baby that can sit through a two-three hour production at the theatre. He loves to babble and smile at people and generally charm those around him. Adorable, but not … Continue reading The Importance of Free Shakespeare

Hamlet Part 2

Act II, Scene 2 (continued) Now it’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s turn to figure out just how crazy Hamlet really is. They really should conclude that he is of sound mind because what follows is a quick-witted exchange about a number of topics. First, they joke about Fortune and that she gets around quite a bit. … Continue reading Hamlet Part 2

Twelfth Night and the Gender Spectrum

Disclaimer: I consider myself to be an ally to the LGTBQ+ community, but I am a cis-gendered woman. I have spent a good deal of time thinking about how to present this topic without unintentionally offending anyone. I am still learning and understanding, so please forgive any transgressions I make. I welcome constructive criticism in … Continue reading Twelfth Night and the Gender Spectrum

Hamlet Part 1

Buckle up! It’s time for Shakespeare’s longest play. Grab some refreshments and get ready for a moody, broody, and maybe loony protagonist. Act I, Scene 1 Bernardo comes to relieve Francisco from his watch. Francisco is tired after his quiet watch and is ready for bed. Just as he leaves, Horatio and Marcellus come to … Continue reading Hamlet Part 1

Twelfth Night Part 3

It’s been awhile! For an update on what’s been going on with me, read to the end of this blog, but first let’s finish some Twelfth Night! If you need a refresher on the rest of the play, click here for part 1 and here for part 2. Act IV, Scene 1 Sebastian is getting … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 3

Twelfth Night Part 2

Act II, Scene 4 Orsino longs to hear the song he heard the night before because it managed to relieve the pain of his unrequited love. Unfortunately, it was the Clown that sang it and he isn’t at Orsino’s house; he’s at Olivia’s house. Orsino sends Curio to fetch the Clown, but in the meantime … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 2

Twelfth Night Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Duke Orsino wants to hear music to fuel his passionate love and hopefully kill it through excess. (Yeah, that’s how that works) Just kidding, he doesn’t want to hear any music. It doesn’t make him as happy as before. Orsino reflects on the ever-shifting nature of love, which may remind us … Continue reading Twelfth Night Part 1

As You Like It Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Jaques wishes to be better acquainted with Ganymede (Rosalind). However, Rosalind isn’t so sure because Jaques is so sad all the time. She feels that someone who is overabundant is happiness or sadness makes for dull company. Jaques sees nothing wrong in being sad and silent. Rosalind sees nothing wrong with … Continue reading As You Like It Part 3

Review: MacBeth by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Like debut director, Miranda McGee, I have a fondness for both Shakespeare and horror films, so I was particularly excited to see how her interpretation of MacBeth played out on the stage. The production was a little rough around the edges, but overall another triumph from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. McGee chose a traditional setting … Continue reading Review: MacBeth by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

As You Like It Part 2

Act II, Scene 5 Amiens sings a gentle song about enjoying nature and singing. When the song is finished, Jaques begs for more. Amiens is hesitant to oblongs because he has been singing for awhile and his voice is hoarse. Jacques doesn’t care. He wants to hear music, he doesn’t care what the song is. … Continue reading As You Like It Part 2