Depth Charge

Maybe you have to listen to Shakespeare's plays in chronological order to get the full force of Measure for Measure's shock value. After a stream of dynamic forceful women, beginning with Joan of Arc and Margaret of Anjou, continuing through Kate the Shrew and the two Portias, Julia and Viola and Rosalind, you might get…

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Things Fall Apart

Troilus and Cressida is often regarded as Shakespeare's great anti-war play, but the label doesn't quite stick. One after another, ancient heroes and the cause for which they fight are mercilessly exposed as stupid and futile. Helen of Troy seems perfectly and stupidly happy with her equally twitter-pated kidnapper Paris; Achilles is psychotic, the Greek…