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A Look Back and a Look Forward – Three Years of Shakespeare Calling

A Look Back and a Look Forward: Three Years of Shakespeare Calling By Ruby Jand   It is now more than a month since I wrote anything for Shakespeare Calling, even longer since Hal and I finished reading The Tempest. I miss Shakespeare like a dear friend who has gone on a long voyage with […]

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Romeo played by Johnny Depp. Now that I would have liked to see. He has, to be sure, scrupulously avoided playing the gorgeous romantic leads that his looks would have made possible, but in his lost vulnerable Gilbert Grape and Sam (of Benny and Joon) days he would have put more depth, or at least […]

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Keeping up with Shakespeare

When I started blogging on Shakespeare Calling a couple of years ago I had some kind of vague ambition – alongside of reading the plays and writing short responses to them – of seeing all the movies based on the plays, going to the theater to see the productions, reading the books about the plays… […]

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A fan letter to Shakespeare’s Globe

The Globe x 3: The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth, June 2013   From zero to three in ten days. What can I say? To see one Shakespeare play at the Globe in London was the main reason for this trip.  We saw three.   THE TEMPEST Directed      by: Jeremy Herrin […]

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Swedish Shakespeare Society Course London 2013

It wasn’t what I expected, which was lectures by some British Shakespeare enthusiasts, scholarly analysis of Shakespeare’s most difficult play The Taming of the Shrew, and heated discussions of how to interpret Katherine’s last monologue. Sadly, there were no British participants at all but the gentleman running the course, the chairperson of the Swedish Shakespeare […]

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A Little Love Affair with the Globe

This isn’t the first time we’ve been to the Globe. That was in April 2008, a week or so before the theater opened for the season (bad timing).  Then we walked around outside, oohed and aahed, bought some DVDs and other things in the shop and hoped we’d get back one day. This was at […]

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What to Do About Hamlet

Hamlet is scary. How in the world can I write about this play, this incomparable giant in the world of English literature?  What can I write that others more knowledgeable and scholarly haven’t already analyzed inside and out? Googling Hamlet, I get 54 million hits.  Googling “analyzing Hamlet”, half a million hits come up. I’ll […]

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Can You Do That to Shakespeare?

In the Raspberry Hills Library English Book Circle the question has often been raised of how much we can accept things done to the classics. Can Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law really do that to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson?  Can Laurie R. King really have a feisty young Marry Russell marry an aging […]

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Why Shakespeare?

“Shakespeare is a black woman.”   I came across these words written by Maya Angelou in Peter Erikson’s Rewriting Shakespeare Rewriting Ourselves and it plinged the spot in my brain that constantly whispers the question, “Why Shakespeare?”  Why is this claim made by a black woman? Why does a representative of the Reagan administration then […]

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