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Macbeth: the Forerunner of American Politics


Lady Macbeth, the Modern Version Courtesy of

Ah, October. The leaves changing color and crunching underfoot, bonfires, bobbing for apples, hot cider, and for us Shakespeare fans, the perfect time to read Macbeth. After all, you have not one but three (count them, three) witches open the play, plus a pretty awesome ghost pageant in the fourth act. Now, there are several movies which either have quotes from the play, or that draw directly from the plot. Read more…

Doctor Who and “Much Ado About Nothing”

     This is a post that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. David Tennant made a great tenth Doctor, but he has also done some wonderful Shakespearean work, including starring as Bendick in Much Ado About Nothing. What is even more interesting and nerd-happiness inducing, is that he stars opposite Catherine Tate as Beatrice.Tate also played Donna Noble, his companion on Doctor Who. Read more…

Shakespeare for Trekkies


Henry V as an android? Sure!

Shakespeare: even for those of us who know the basic language, it is sometimes difficult to plod through the reading of the plays, sonnets, et cetera. This isn’t just due to the fact that, to borrow the ever-popular phrase, “people don’t talk that way anymore.” As a matter of fact, that is only secondary to the fact that the plays were written to be performed, not read. Read more…

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