Still not dead!

Yeah, so, um…

That break was a little longer than I thought it would be.

In my defense, there were two cons (one working, one just attending), a move, an exploding air conditioner, emergency goldfish first aid (twice!), travel, A HUGE dementor (NO, spell check, I did not mean denouement) attack, a relative with seriously declining health, two Halloweens (very likely a bigger deal than at your house; we had 4000 trick-or-treaters last week), a dear kitty that crossed the rainbow bridge, a graduation (which involved travel), fairs, both state and Renaissiance (which were 4 states away, so, travel), an indoor (unintentional) waterfall, more travel, and…

You know, that’s not a list of excuses, that’s just life.

I still have been seeing plays, both by Shakespeare and and others, and I still have a lot to say about them.  Since I last saw you I have seen Henry V, two King Lears, the Cumberbatch/Miller Frankensteins, Big Fish, (great movie, not so great musical), The Music Man, Chicago Shakes’ utterly fantastic The Tempest, and the Cumberbatch Hamlet.  And Alton Brown’s live show, which isn’t a play, but is hysterically funny.  I highly recommend it.

I still haven’t watched Throne of Blood.  And I still haven’t figured out quite what I want to say about Macbeth’s witches. but I will get back to it.  I just need to carve out time to do it.

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I’m not dead!

I am not dead — I am just very busy right now.  I have been at Acen this weekend (just having fun) and I will be at Animinneapolis next week (working — come see me at the Kawaii Kansas AA table).  I have not been neglecting Shakespeare!  I saw Chicago Shakes Henry V on Wednesday — highly recommended, if you are in Chicago before June 15.  I am percolating a bit more about Macbeth, some Henry, and a bunch of King Lear; I just have no time to write!  ThatShakespeareChick will return to more regular programming around the beginning of June.  More or less.

 

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Stick-Figure King Lear

I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but, King Lear! In stick-figure cartoons!

Peace, Good Tickle Brain!

Scroll down for links to the whole play (currently in progress.)

 

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I will get back to Macbeth, I promise

I really do have more to say about Macbeth — work has just gotten insanely busy all of a sudden  (I really need to learn to manage my time better) and thinky writing is unfortunately the lowest thing on the totem pole right now.  I have at least one more post on Macbeth itself, then Throne of Blood; I saw King Lear last week, and I will be seeing Henry V next week at Chicago Shakes, so I have a LOT of stuff to write about, just no time to write it!

In the meantime, I will try to post some interesting links and tidbits as I find them, and I promise, I will get back to more actual content soon.  As soon as I can, at any rate!

 

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You just THOUGHT I was done with Coriolanus

I swear, I don’t go looking for these things, they just find me:

Best Shakespeare productions: What’s your favourite Coriolanus?

Obviously, I disagree with the writer’s conclusion. How I wish I had been able to see some of the others!

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Twelfth Night gets Tony nods

The Tony nominations are out, and Twelfth Night has nabbed seven nominations, including Best Revival of a Play,  Best Direction, and FOUR Best Actor nods.  The production, which ran in New York from November 10 2013 to February 16 2014, was an import from the Globe Theater in London and was performed as it might have been in Shakespeare’s day, with an all male cast on a stage lit by candles.

Sigh.  I wish this one had been offered in theaters a la NTLive!

Speaking of which…

NTLive broadcasts of King Lear start on Thursday, May 1st.  Check the website to see when and where it might be playing in your area.

For those of you in the greater Minneapolis area, the Guthrie Theater has performances of Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead running now through May 4th.

And, finally, Henry V opens today at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Don’t forget, those of you under 35 can buy up to two tickets for $20 each for productions throughout the season.  You can even bring someone over 35 if you want to!  Henry V will run through June 15th.

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The Hollow Crown Continues

BBC Two will be producing a second series of The Hollow Crown comprising(1) Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, and Richard III.  Wikipedia has slightly more detail than The BBC. Seriously, BBC.  I acknowledge that the Cumberbatch is big right now, but some people might like a little more information.  I would really like to see some more details soon.

Although that bit about Martin Freeman playing Richard III this year is interesting.  THAT I would like to see.

1. Yes, I know it looks wrong.  No, it isn’t.

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