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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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Book Review: Richard II

Richard II, by William Shakespeare One of the more intriguing aspects of the relationship between drama and politics in Elizabethan England is the way that a performance of this play wound up endangering the lives and well-being of Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard III

Richard III, by William Shakespeare There are a variety of ways that one can view Richard III.  As a portrayal goes, Shakespeare’s protagonist is dishonest and ruthlessly ambitious, a step above the usual Marlovian overreachers and one that embodies the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joe Turner’s Come And Gone (The Century Cycle #2)

Joe Turner’s Come And Gone (The Century Cycle #2) by August Wilson While I am unaware of any connections between this particular play and the rest of the series (this is the sixth of ten plays in the Century Cycle … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gem Of The Ocean (The Century Cycle #1)

Gem Of The Ocean (The Century Cycle #1), by August Wilson Here in the first play of a ten-play epic series of dramas about black life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the playwright sets up tensions and conflicts that will reverberate through … Continue reading

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Book Review: Radio Golf (The Century Cycle #10)

Radio Golf (The Century Cycle #10), by August Wilson In this play the author ends his century cycle where he began it, at the very same address, in struggling with the reality and the rhetoric of urban renewal in 1990’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fences (The Century Cycle #6)

Fences (The Century Cycle #6), by August Wilson I must admit that this is the first play I have read by the author that I have actually heard of, thanks to its somewhat recent film adaptation (that I have not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jitney (The Century Cycle #8)

Jitney (The Century Cycle #8), by August Wilson In this play the author manages to again provide a thoughtful look at the black experience, in this case looking at the gap between the hopes and aspirations of blacks in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seven Guitars (The Century Cycle #5)

Seven Guitars (The Century Cycle #5), by August Wilson I must say that as someone who reads plays a lot, it is somewhat surprising to me to think that this play is the first I have read by this particular … Continue reading

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