Shakespeare Saturday: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lord, what fools these mortals be! Midsummer Night’s Dream is a strange beast of a play. While many Shakespeare plays have a secondary plot concerning a secondary set of characters, Midsummer Night’s Dream doesn’t really have a main story line or a main character – there are four pairs of lovers, and four plots that … More Shakespeare Saturday: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare Saturday: Love’s labour’s lost

These are barren tasks, too hard to keep, not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep! Love’s Labour’s Lost is a romantic comedy that could probably be described as bittersweet – it is about love, but while it doesn’t end in tragedy, it doesn’t have a traditionally happy romcom ending either. And it isn’t particularly … More Shakespeare Saturday: Love’s labour’s lost

Shakespeare Saturday: Two Gentlemen of Verona

O heaven! were man but constant, he were perfect. I’m going to read (and – in the spirit of full disclosure – watch on DVD) all the plays in chronological order, and post every Saturday in this category. The chronology I’m using is the Wells-Taylor one, which states Two Gentlemen of Verona as Shakespeare’s first … More Shakespeare Saturday: Two Gentlemen of Verona