Russell Brand Improvising a Backstory

12/15/2010 11:35:15 AM

Russell Brand plays Trinculo in Julie Taymor’s film of The Tempest, and he’s known for his improvisation. Naturally, he can’t improvise in this film, but he can do it off-screen. And brilliantly, mind you.

I Had a Margaret, Till a Director Killed Her

11/26/2010 19:37:08 PM

Richard III is Shakespeare’s second-longest play (the longest being Hamlet), so a production of it has to be substantially edited. More often than not, that means cutting out the entire character of Queen Margaret. It’s an understandable ...


11/23/2010 18:26:24 PM

I think? Maybe “interdisciplinariness”? Whatever. It’s beside the point. Duane made an excellent post at ShakespeareGeek about how Shakespeare is taught to young students, and whether or not they should be expected to provide analy

Shakespeare Has the Fourth-Most Friends

11/14/2010 10:49:55 AM

According to The Independent, Shakespeare outranks many popular authors in terms of total Facebook friends. The top rank goes to Stephen King, aruably the most popular author in American history, with more than twice as many as his closest ...

Shylock, anti-Semitism and Jewish Identity

11/10/2010 11:26:33 AM

I discovered this piece about Jewish identity and The Merchant of Venice in the Huffington Post several days ago, but refrained from writing about it until I had digested it fully. It’s a piece about someone who saw The Merchant of Venice ...

Sci-Fi Version of “Henry V”

11/09/2010 10:17:44 AM

Shakespeare’s plays have been set everywhere, from the modern day to Elizabethan England to prehistoric times to World War II. Sometimes it works and sometimes it bombs. But one concept that seems like it would work, which I recently heard ...

Podcast Feed, Episodes Repaired

11/07/2010 12:55:24 PM

At least, they’re working on my computer. If you’re still having trouble with the RSS feed or the links in the right sidebar, please leave me a comment here, or email me at, and I’ll get right back to

This Week’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 11

11/05/2010 19:12:17 PM

Hey everyone, the lastest podcast episode is live. This week, I was joined by Matt Mitler, director and founder of Theatre Group Dzieci, whose fascinating production of Macebth I saw last week. Listen in: (I know about the problems with the ...

Women and land in “Henry V”

11/05/2010 11:38:07 AM

Henry V is one of Shakespeare’s most misogynistic plays — yes, comparable even to The Taming of the Shrew. In some ways the former is even more dangerous than the latter, since The Taming of the Shrew brings out its misogyny in such a w ...

This Week’s Podcast: The Halloween Special

10/29/2010 23:40:39 PM

Hey everyone. The most recent episode of our podcast is live. This week, Susan and I talk about Shakespearean Halloween costumes in the Twelfth Night Show’s Halloween Special. You can listen to it by subscribing via this RSS feed, clicking ...