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Book Review: Contested Will

Contested Will:  Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro As someone who reads a lot about Shakespeare, I am pleased that this book deals thoughtfully with many of the problems that I have with books about Shakespeare.  By and large this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare: The Biography

Shakespeare:  The Biography, by Peter Ackroyd William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language, and certainly the most compelling English playwright ever.  Now, the fundamental problem with William Shakespeare, native of Stratford-upon-Avon, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mother Courage And Her Children

Mother Courage And Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Tony Kushner If this play is the best known of Brecht’s works at present, there is a good reason for that.  This play is a deeply tragic one that depends … Continue reading

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Book Review: Two Plays By Bertolt Brecht

Two Plays by Bertolt Brecht, revised English versions and introdution by Eric Bentley In reading these books I must admit I was a bit puzzled to read of them described elsewhere as among the playwright’s most important literary plays.  To … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui:  A Gangster Spectacle, by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by George Tabori, music by Hans-Dieter Hosalla I must admit to having strongly mixed feelings about this particular play.  In general, I have not been impressed by … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht, English book by Desmond Vesey, English lyrics by Eric Bentley Although I have long been familiar with Brecht as a writer, most notably because he shows up as a lamentable example of a socialist … Continue reading

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Book Review: King Hedley II

King Hedley II (The Century Cycle #9), by August Wilson King Hedley II is a poignant and tragic play, one of a series of poignant and tragic plays by the author, in which a black man ends up being both … Continue reading

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Book Review: Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running (The Century Cycle #7), by August Wilson While this play is certainly easy enough to understand, the title of the play is not as easy to understand.  There are at least a few interesting parts of this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Three Plays

Three Plays, by August Wilson, with an afterword by Paul Carter Harrison Having read two of the three plays in this particular collection before, I came to this book looking to enjoy the play that I had not read before, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Henry VI: Parts I, II, and III

Henry VI:  Parts I, II, and III, by William Shakespeare It is no surprise that these plays are among the least played and least regarded of all of Shakespeare’s plays, or that they were written towards the beginning of his … Continue reading

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