Tag Archives: drama

Book Review: Making Make-Believe Real

Making Make-Believe Real:  Politics As Theater In Shakespeare’s Time, by Gary Wills Mostly being familiar with Gary Wills’ flagrant misunderstanding of the American experience and its key texts in order to support an illegitimate progressive worldview [1], it was interesting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Shakespeare Saved My Life:  Ten Years In Solitary With The Bard:  A Memoir, by Laura Bates This is an unconventional and particularly complicated memoir.  Although in terms of its length it is not a particularly demanding read at slightly over … Continue reading

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Book Review: Becoming Shakespeare

Becoming Shakespeare:  The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned A Provincial Playwright Into The Bard, by Jack Lynch This book is an interesting piece of history, in that it presupposes the life and writing career of Shakespeare [1] and looks at the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare

Players:  The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare, by Bertram Fields There is a deep hypocrisy at the heart of this book, one that is shared by many of its type among those who posit alternative theories for the authorship of … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Lie Of The Mind

A Lie Of The Mind, by Sam Shepard I am seriously the most unlucky person when it comes to reviewing this play.  As might be fairly obvious, I am a frequent reader and reviewer of drama [1].  It so happens … Continue reading

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Book Review: Anna In The Tropics

Anna In The Tropics, by Nilo Cruz This play won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it was a well-deserved win.  I have to admit that a great deal of my fondness for this play comes from my intimate … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Jedi Doth Return

William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, by Ian Doescher When I picked this book up at the library I did not see any of its companion volumes, but I did not have the time to look closely.  All I had … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cripple Of Inishmaan

The Cripple Of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh This is the second play by the author I have read, and having been familiar with the author’s work now, it was easier to understand.  The cliches in both plays stood in sharp … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lieutenant Of Inishmore

The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, by Martin McDonagh Admittedly, this is the first play by the author I have read, and so I did not really know what I was getting into when I started.  I do enjoy reading plays from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Copenhagen

Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn Those who know me are well aware of my own tendency to chronicle and overanalyze my frequent awkward conversations [1].  This play is basically the attempt through research and analysis to provide a decisive interpretation of … Continue reading

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