And then this happened…

Delighted to enter the strange, beautiful world of Shakespeare's Romances - a world where verse and prose are stylistically inconsistent (due in part to collaboration with other playwrights, but also to the poet's increasingly complex relationship to the formal constraints of iambic pentameter). A world where character development is non-existent and plots are driven not…

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Deconstruction Work

What do you do if you’re a successful playwright at the top of your game and you have some good will to burn off? You experiment! Henry IV Part 2 is Shakespeare taking the thematic elements of Part 1 and deconstructing them like a madman. In the place of the riotously funny Tavern Scene in […]

Miss Phoenix, Mr. Turtle and Mr. Partridge.

There's a passage in Tom Jones, the great comic novel by Henry Fielding, where the title character takes the mild-mannered Partridge to see David Garrick play Hamlet. Partridge is dismissive of Garrick's performance, complaining that he acts just as anyone would in his (Hamlet's) situation. The best actor, in his opinion? "The king for my money!…