Category Archives: Performances

Reviewsday: Stratford Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra

Oddly, the Stratford Festival’s HD production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is listed (on imdb.com and elsewhere) as “humorous” and “comedy.” True, there are some pleasingly light moments in the production, but make no mistake, it is a muscular and … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: A Magical Tempest

I have seen numerous live and screen productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but Cincinnati Shakespeare Company‘s just-completed run of the play was the finest. It was a magical Tempest and a fitting farewell to the cozy confines of their home of twenty … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2014 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Christopher Luscombe, is a brilliantly conceived and executed adaptation of Shakespeare’s early comedy (planned, as the trailer below shows, to be paired with Much Ado About Nothing, which … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: The Globe’s All’s Well

London’s Globe Theater’s performances of Shakespeare’s plays are the gold standard, even when staging All’s Well That Ends Well, one of Shakespeare’s most dramatically difficult and less popular plays. To modern audiences, the play is confusing and even disturbing. Helena’s … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: Julie Taymor’s The Tempest

Julie Taymor’s movie of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (widely thought to be the last play written solely by the Bard) is CGI Shakespeare. LSD Shakespeare. ADD Shakespeare.

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Reviewsday: The Oldest Shakespeare Movie Scene

It is really extraordinary that this exists: a 118-year-old silent movie scene from Shakespeare’s King John, portraying the death of the king.

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Reviewsday: The Merry Wives of Windsor (1980)

Any television production that is introduced by John Houseman promises the best quality. Unfortunately, some fail to live up to the promise. The 1980 production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was performed and filmed at Los Angeles’s Globe Theater … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: The Globe Theater’s Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew can be a problematic play for modern audiences. Shakespeare drew the outlines of the story from an earlier (and more misogynistic) play and stretched conventions as much as the customs and expectations of his … Continue reading

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My Favorite Shakespeare Performances

I am not a Shakespeare scholar, but I have read every Shakespeare play (most of them many times) and seen each performed at least once (on stage, television, or as a movie). I make no pretense of being an expert … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: Shakespeare Behind Bars

Why they didn’t call it “The Bard Behind Bars” I’ll never know.

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