All Nice and Tidy

Act V is a whirlwind of resolved plotlines that wasn’t so much satisfying as kind of irritating. Silvia makes her escape into the great, dark woods only to encounter every other character from the play and secure a happy ending for herself and all her friends. The whole thing was just too convenient and, IContinue reading “All Nice and Tidy”

Proteus is not fooling anyone

We begin Act IV in the woods between Milan and Verona. Valentine and his trusty man Speed are waylaid by a group of outlaws. Valentine tells the would-be robbers that he has no money because he was exiled by the Duke of Milan. When asked what his crime was, instead of telling them it wasContinue reading “Proteus is not fooling anyone”

Fickle Proteus

I will say this for ol’ Bill, his stories move fast. We go from a very simple setup in Act I to a fairly complicated plot in Act II. Valentine is revealed to be just as susceptible to love as the friend he derided at the start of the play. Proteus is proven to beContinue reading “Fickle Proteus”

Letters and sheep

I will admit, I was a bit nervous coming into The Two Gentlemen of Verona. I have not been much of a fan of Shakespeare’s comedies up to now, but if Act I is any indication of how the whole play will go, then I’m glad I’ve given Bill’s funny plays another shot. In fact,Continue reading “Letters and sheep”

Yeah, I’m not buying it

Unsurprisingly, I didn’t find The Taming of the Shrew to be terribly funny or particularly good. It was a play about demeaning and gaslighting women into subservience, dressed up as a lighthearted farce. In a word, offensive. This is not to say that I was raging up and down my room, shouting at a long-deadContinue reading “Yeah, I’m not buying it”

This is the end?

I am beginning to think that Shakespeare’s comedies are just not for me. In fairness to the Bard, however, I will admit my issues with his comedies seem rooted in what Elizabethan culture would have found funny. The Taming of the Shrew ends with a hilarious scene of Petruchio demonstrating for his bros how heContinue reading “This is the end?”

Shrew tamed

The fourth act of The Taming of the Shrew was troubling for me. Katharina finds herself married to a pretty terrible guy who is using psychological and physical torture to break her of her independent will. I may be viewing this play from modern eyes, making it difficult to see the humor in Petruchio’s abusiveContinue reading “Shrew tamed”

A nice day for a violent wedding

Petruchio continues to prove himself an avaricious and untrustworthy suitor to Katharina. Lucentio and Hortensio have eyes on each other while trying to woo Bianca, and Tranio is continuing his masquerade as the heir to the greatest fortune the world has ever known. This act was pretty wild an ended things on a rather uncertainContinue reading “A nice day for a violent wedding”

No, Petruchio is the worst

The second act was relatively short, but it sure packed in a lot of terrible behavior from most of the characters in the play. We see a little domestic violence, a non-consensual betrothal, and a dipstick of a father at his wits’ end. Everybody is lying to each other to suit their own ends andContinue reading “No, Petruchio is the worst”

So, what’s an Induction?

When sitting down to read The Taming of the Shrew, I assumed it would follow the same five act structure as all the other plays thus far. Imagine my surprise when I opened up the play and instead there was an Induction before the first act. In fact, in the Dramatis Personae, there is aContinue reading “So, what’s an Induction?”