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

Julius Caesar Part 2

Act II, Scene 1 Brutus calls for his servant, Lucius, who was sleeping soundly. Brutus wants a candle lit in his study, so Lucius runs off, leaving Brutus alone with his thoughts. Brutus acknowledges that he has no personal reason for killing Caesar. However, he worries what crowning Caesar will do to his nature. Great … Continue reading Julius Caesar Part 2

Julius Caesar Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Roman people are celebrating in the streets and resident party poopers Flavius and Marullus are quite perturbed. They stop a group of tradesmen and ask why they aren’t working. They question why the carpenter doesn’t have his leather apron and rule on hand. They turn to another tradesmen. He’s a … Continue reading Julius Caesar Part 1

Merry Wives of Windsor Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Mistress Page asks Mistress Quickly if Falstaff is already with Mistress Ford. Mistress Quickly confirms that if he is not already there, he will be shortly. She also explains that Mistress Ford wants Mistress Page to arrive as quickly as possible. Mistress Page will go straight there after she drops her … Continue reading Merry Wives of Windsor Part 3

Merry Wives of Windsor Part 2

Act II, Scene 2 Falstaff refuses to lend Pistol any money. He cites, as his reason, that he has been nothing but generous to Pistol and his friends, and in return they refused to carry his letters to the married ladies. He mocks that Pistol hid behind his honor. Mistress Quickly comes in with a … Continue reading Merry Wives of Windsor Part 2

The Merry Wives of Windsor Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Robert Shallow, esquire is quite upset. It seems that Sir John Falstaff has wronged him greatly. Of course, before we can get to the crux of the matter, we have to understand all his many titles that he inherited and that he will pass down to his descendants. His cousin, Slender, … Continue reading The Merry Wives of Windsor Part 1