Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Freebie Week
Oooh, what to choose, what to choose…*thinks* Okay, how about Favourite (Theatre/Drama) Plays? That’s different, and something I don’t think I really compiled together outside of Shakespeare (see author tag) 😀
Warning: There’s a lot of Shakespeare in this list 😛
In no particular order:
- Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream (review) — I forgot how I came about this play but it’s a very interesting one. There’s family drama, but its deeper philosophical ponderings on life, fate, and the line between illusion and reality were very fascinating, and quite ahead of its time.
- William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (review) — Forever and ever will this be one of my favourite plays. I revisited it for the first time in years (since reading it in high school, actually) and it was much funnier than I remembered.
- William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (review) — Hamlet gets such a rap these days for his melancholy but it’s a fascinating play with so many aspects to it. Not to mention so intense!
- William Shakespeare’s Richard II (review) — It took a second read for me to really appreciate how wonderful and complex and structurally amazing this play is. Definitely a favourite amongst Shakespeare’s histories.
- William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (review) — This play has a special place in my heart as it was the first I had studied in high school. It still holds up years later in the themes it tackles and the characterisations and some of the major speeches it contains.
- Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest — Read this play years ago but never reviewed it here but suffice to say I remember really enjoying it, I thought it was very amusing.
- Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (review) — Hands down my favourite Marlowe play. It’s got it all: politics, fast-paced development of events, drama (omg the drama, the theatrics). Of all his plays I read, I recommend this one fist and foremost.
- Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding (review) — Definitely the most memorable of his plays that I read with all the drama and bloodshed, the imagery and the tragedy.
- Sophocles’ Antigone — Strangely enough I never reviewed Sophocles’ plays despite having talked about re-reading it here but anyway. It was one of those plays I read in first year university and that had stuck after all this time. There’s just something about Antigone’s inner strength, in sticking to her principles despite the changing laws of the land.
And I actually couldn’t decide on a tenth play, it was a toss up between Shakespeare’s As You Like It (review), Julius Caesar (review), and Much Ado About Nothing (review), and Aeschylus’ The Oresteia (review forthcoming). And those are some of my favourite plays! Have you ever read any of these plays (or watched any of their adaptations)? For some more theatre/play goodness:
- Shakespeare Productions, Adaptations, etc.
- So You Want to Read… (William Shakespeare)
- Shakespeare: Listing the Favourites
- Tag for more of my reviews of various classic (and modern?) plays I’ve read
What was your freebie topic for this TTT?