Tag Archives: Macbeth

Shakespeare’s Best Soliloquies

Everyone knows “To be or not to be,” right? That memorable line kicks off Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy. Shoot, the most famous soliloquy. So obviously, that speech from Hamlet is number one. But what would the rest of the best be? … Continue reading

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The Bard, the Bible, and Baseball, Part 2

Bet you didn’t know that both the King James Version of the Bible and the Bard’s works mentioned baseball repeatedly, did you? It’s true. Last week, in honor of the start of Spring Training, this blog featured a listing of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Women

Yes, yes, I know, entire books have been written about William Shakespeare’s depiction of women in his sonnets and plays, and those books could fill whole libraries. This is not that. This is simply one fan–not a scholar–commenting on his … Continue reading

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Podcast: Futility and Mortality

This week’s episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs Macbeth’s famous soliloquy (“Tomorrow and tomorrow”) and words attributed to King Solomon from Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 in the King James Version of the Bible..

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My Favorite Shakespeare Villains

Last week, this blog featured an infograph of literary villains in which Shakespeare’s characters figured prominently. So that started me thinking about my favorite (i.e., most deliciously villainous) of the Bard’s bad guys. So here’s the list (and the plays … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: Otto M. Budig Theater, Cincinnati OH

My loving wife and family (the local ones, anyway) accompanied me yesterday to Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, the vibrant Washington Park (above), and the grand opening of the Otto M. Budig Theater, the brand new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 

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My (and My Friends’) Favorite Shakespeare Quotes

A guest post by Joseph Bentz I have divided my favorite Shakespeare quotes into two categories. The first includes the quotes suggested by friends, whom I asked for feedback. The second category includes four Shakespeare quotes that frequently go through … Continue reading

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My Top 25 Shakespeare Quotes

A guest post by Sue Schlesman Let me clarify. Narrowing down my favorite Shakespearean quotes is a nearly impossible task. For one, I haven’t yet read everything he wrote, so there’s no telling what I’m still missing. Two, he was … Continue reading

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As Dreams Are Made On: My Top 13 Casting Choices

Keira Knightley as Ophelia? Kevin Spacey as Richard III? Yes, please. I recently (here) listed actors I would love to see cast in various Shakespearean roles, but confined my list to the lighter roles (clowns, fools, etc.). But I have … Continue reading

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Comic Relief: My Top 16 Casting Choices

Nathan Fillion and Jennifer Lawrence as Benedick and Beatrice? Nick Frost & Simon Pegg as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Be still my heart! Casting directors have a big job, especially when it comes to casting Shakespeare. Their casts are chosen, based not … Continue reading

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