MacBeth References in Hamilton

This blog contains many Hamilton spoilers. You have been warned. I, like much of the world, found myself enamored with Hamilton when the production was released on Disney+. I knew the soundtrack already, but seeing the production made everything much more impactful. Of course, as a Shakespeare fanatic, my ears perked up at the MacBeth... Continue Reading →

Diagnosing Lady MacBeth | Podcast

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!72f48 I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth is murdering sleep.” Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.MacBeth Act 2 Scene... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 3

Act IV, Scene 3MacDuff has come to see Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne. MacDuff urges Malcolm to fight and take Scotland back. Malcolm is suspicious of MacDuff though. It wasn’t that long ago that MacDuff loved MacBeth. In addition, MacBeth has not done any grievous wrong to MacDuff. AND he left his wife... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 2

Act III, Scene 1Banquo is concerned that MacBeth acquired the crown through nefarious means. However, since the witches were right about MacBeth, they should be right about him. That should make him happy, shouldn’t it? Macbeth, Lady MacBeth, and their royal posse enter. MacBeth invites Banquo to dinner. Banquo is going riding, but promises to... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 1

Act I, Scene 1The witches set their plans to meet MacBeth at sunset on the heath after battle. Act I, Scene 2The King gets reports on what happened with the battle. MacBeth and Banquo defeated the Norwegians, even when hope seems lost. They were pretty much just the best. That sergeant needed to leave though... Continue Reading →

Sources for MacBeth | Breaking Bard Episode 10

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!6373d   “But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail” - Lady MacBeth Act I, Scene 7 of the Scottish Play Many have heard of MacBeth, the tyrannical title character of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Many more are unaware that MacBeth was a real Scottish King. Shakespeare however was... Continue Reading →

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 →

Witches, Ghosts, and Murder Most Foul

The Best Shakespeare Scenes for Halloween Today’s the day, Halloween! It’s time for trick or treat and spooks and scares. What better way to celebrate than by reading some Shakespeare?! I know what you’re thinking “I have candy to eat. I don’t have time for Shakespeare.” Don’t be silly, of course you have time for... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt

“Why would anyone, he asked himself, be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth? Why, in some circumstances, does evidence of mendacity, crudeness, or cruelty serve not as a fatal disadvantage, but as an allure, attracting ardent followers? Why do otherwise proud and... Continue Reading →

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