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

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 Book Review: Shakespeare’s Library

Julius Caesar: The Original Mean Girl

As I worked my way through Julius Caesar, I couldn’t help but have a feeling of familiarity. Somehow the way all of these Roman diplomats were talking behind each others’ backs was eliciting some deja vu. Then it hit me, they were acting like a bunch of high school girls. And I want to be … Continue reading Julius Caesar: The Original Mean Girl

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 A Winter’s Tale Review

As You Like It Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Orlando is feeling salty because his older brother won’t let him partake in any gentlemanly pursuits. Since their father died, Oliver has been in charge of his younger brothers. The middle brother gets to go to school and successfully build his future. Orlando, however, is kept at home where he isn’t … Continue reading As You Like It Part 1

Julius Caesar Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Octavius, Lepidus, and Antony are making a list of people marked for death. Lepidus agrees to kill his brother, but only if Antony agrees to kill his nephew. He does and then sends Lepidus off on some sort of errand. With Lepidus out of the way, Antony makes his real feelings … Continue reading Julius Caesar Part 3