Not one of us

The problem with Twelfth Night is that Malvolio never quite lives up to his name. With all his priggish narcissism he is never quite genuinely mean enough to give his humiliation true comic value. When he chides the midnight revelers to keep quiet and cease their drunken brawling he does have a point, after all.…

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Sweet Prince

Hamlet's appeal is inexhaustible - everyone can sympathize with the character who finds himself alone and without allies in the midst of an apparently hostile or at least unfriendly environment. No life is without responsibilities that must be undertaken alone and without anyone else to share the risk or the blame. Hamlet is faced with…

Escape

As You Like It, my favorite Shakespeare comedy - everyone runs off to the forest and hijinks ensue. Evil Duke Frederick has overthrown his brother, the rightful Duke, and banished him and some others - including, later on, the banished Duke's daughter, Rosalind. Since Frederick's own daughter, Celia, is Rosalind's close friend, the two girls…