Cleopatra and Antony

A YouTube video posted by the Royal Shakespeare Company advertises, with calm futility, a 2010 production of Antony and Cleopatra. The video's description sticks in my mind - "Two charismatic and powerful leaders find in each other an irresistible and yet unattainable." Ignoring the curious omission of a final object for the sentence (unattainable what?),…

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Present Horror

The litmus test for a production of Macbeth is Act II Scene IV. It should be deeply disturbing. An unknown old man talks to the Thane of Ross about how unglued everything has become since the head of state was wantonly murdered in his own bed in the dead of night. And we audience members,…