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 →

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Library

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I cracked open the cover of Shakespeare’s Library by Stuart Kells. What happened to Shakespeare’s books - and if he had any - has plagued many a Shakespeare scholar. In fact, it is at the root of the authorship debate. Unfortunately, no definitive answers were provided because the... Continue Reading →

A Winter’s Tale Review

As I settled into my seat in the Otto M. Budig theatre, I had no expectations about what A Winter’s Tale would be like. I had not read this play yet, nor seen it performed. I assumed it would be well done, as most Cincinnati Shakespeare Company productions are, but I had no idea how... 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 →

Book Review: New Boy

New Boy is a brilliant adaptation of Othello by Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Before reading this adaptation - a part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series - I listened to an interview with Chevalier on Shakespeare Unlimited, the Folger Shakespeare Library podcast. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of... Continue Reading →

Prince of Sorrows Review

Prince of Sorrows by D.K Marley, author of Blood and Ink, provides a unique perspective in this adaptation of Hamlet. Marley took on quite the challenge when she chose to adapt such a well-know play. There will hardly be a reader who doesn’t already know the story. She faced that challenge head-on and did a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Contested Will by James Shapiro

The Authorship Controversy is infamous in the Shakespeare community and it keeps rearing its ugly head as new people are convinced that William Shakespeare, the man from Stratford, could not have written the plays attributed to him. This controversy (although conspiracy theory may be a better phrase) is something that has always perplexed me. I... Continue Reading →

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