Seven Plays in Eight Days: Friday Night – Measure for Measure

My first encounter with a stage production of Measure for Measure came while I was travelling in Portugal in 2012. If you want to read about that production, you can read the post. The long story short was that I really enjoyed the Portuguese production, as it had a vitality and energy to it that… Read More Seven Plays in Eight Days: Friday Night – Measure for Measure

Seven Plays in Eight Days: Friday Matinee – Merchant of Venice

I think it would be fair to sat that, in a contemporary context, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most controversial. It is flat-out anti-semitic, which is of course 100% unacceptable in today’s world, but was pervasive and indeed acceptable in the Elizabethan era… I heard an estimate that in the late 1500s, there were… Read More Seven Plays in Eight Days: Friday Matinee – Merchant of Venice

Seven Plays in Eight Days: Wednesday – Romeo and Juliet

You will notice that the title of the series has changed: I’ve added another performance to the roster. I was at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, participating in the Teaching Shakespeare School, and we got a good deal on additional shows, so I got a ticket to Measure for Measure on Friday night. But… Read More Seven Plays in Eight Days: Wednesday – Romeo and Juliet

Six Plays in Eight Days: Saturday – Taming of the Shrew

It has somehow worked out that I will be seeing 6 different Shakespeares this week – two at Shakespeare in High Park by Canadian Stage in Toronto, three via the Teaching Shakespeare School at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and one by Shakespeare in the Ruff in Withrow Park, Toronto. I’m crazy excited. Here… Read More Six Plays in Eight Days: Saturday – Taming of the Shrew