Richard III….. With Tanks!

Richard Loncraine provides an incredible take on Richard III with Ian McKellan staring in the title role. The plot closely parallels that of Shakespeare’s; however, in Loncraine’s production, the story takes place in 1930s England instead of the early 1500s. In true 1900s fashion, Richard sets up a fascist-like government in England which has to…

Othello (1995)

One of the best film adaptations of Othello that I have seen is Oliver Parker’s Othello. It hit the big screen in 1995, when I was 2. Laurence Fishburne, plays the Moor in perfect fashion. Kenneth Branagh is as menacing and cunning as Iago is meant to be portrayed. Irene Jacob plays Desdemona is as…

Twelfth Night

The play I chose to watch was The Twelfth Night performed by Polk State College in 2016. Overall, I was very impressed with the performance. What I enjoyed the most about this performance is the music. It added a nice touch to the play. The thing I did not enjoy was the wardrobe. They chose…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the LA Night Sky

Of all of Shakespeare’s comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps one of the most intricate and dazzling, not only on paper to readers, but also when performed on stage for a live audience. Between the tangled, dramatic love stories, the mythical setting filled with magical beings and tricks, and the comedy of a play…

Live Performance Review for Hamlet

The performance I decided to watch was Hamlet as played by Richard Burton. This play was directed by John Gielgud and performed on Broadway in 1964. I genuinely find Hamlet one of the more interesting plays because Hamlet’s character is so intriguing and very fun to analyze. As for the choice of performance, I mostly…

Ending the semester the way it started with Richard III

The play that I decided to watch for this assignment was the Hollow Crown’s version of Richard III. I thoroughly enjoyed this play when we first read it at the beginning of the semester, and I feel that this is my favorite out of all of the tragedy plays besides Hamlet. The beginning of the…

Soccer in Shakespeare?

In the original play Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s main characters is a women named Viola. She has to go undercover and cross dress as a man to fit into society. In the modernized version, She’s The Man, Viola is a soccer player who has to cross-dress as her brother Sebastian in order to beat…

Taming of the Shrew by UAA

Taming of the Shrew I chose to watch and write the review on Taming of the Shrew performed by the University of Alaska-Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance from 2011. I was interested in watching an amateur performance, primarily from a college, because it is personally difficult for me to understand Shakespearean language. I have…

Review of Richard III by The English Drama Festival, University of Bahrain 2016

The University of Bahrain’s performance of Richard III was fantastic. This was achieved through advanced communication skills, and the ability to express the emotions of the play. The actors and actresses all looked the part, while mentally submerging themselves into the time-period. In addition, the outfits worn did a great job show casing the types…

A Review of BLC’s production of Hamlet

Bethany Lutheran College has created a very intriguing performance and interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. To begin, upon first view of the stage I was in awe; the stage that BLC has created for this particular performance of Hamlet is remarkable. The set provides a rustic medieval such as the murky stone walls and steps,…

Twelfth Night Performance Review

For my performance review, I chose Trevor Nunn’s 1996 film production of Twelfth Night. I decided to watch and review the play for its comedic nature and the production for its quality and rave reviews. Immediately, the first thing I noticed while watching the film is how much the visuals add to the entire production….