Tag: Books: Drama


Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Posted 22 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook

Leaving behind both home and beloved, a young man travels to Milan to meet his closest friend. Once there, however, he falls in love with his friend’s new sweetheart and resolves to seduce her. Love-crazed and desperate, he is soon moved to commit cynical acts of betrayal.

The number of Shakespeare plays left for me to read are dwindling down. I decided to read this play because it was the shortest amongst the seven 😛

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Review: Measure for Measure

Posted 17 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Measure for Measure
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook

In the Duke’s absence from Vienna, his strict deputy Angelo revives an ancient law forbidding sex outside marriage. The young Claudio, whose fiancee is pregnant, is condemned to death by the law. His sister Isabella, soon to become a nun, pleads with Lord Angelo for her brother’s life.

I believe this is the last of those “problematic” plays by Shakespeare that I have left to read. I mean, with a premise like the one above, you can already see where some of the problems may come in.

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Review: Romeo and Juliet

Posted 9 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Romeo and Juliet
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook

The city of Verona, torn apart by the violent feud between the families of Montague and Capulet, is a powder keg waiting to explode; the Prince of Verona, seeking to restore order, has declared any breach of the peace punishable by death. But for the young Montague Romeo, and his lover, the Capulet Juliet, the enmity of their families is immaterial. Meeting in secret, the two lovers gradually spiral towards disaster as their respective families edge closer towards open warfare.

Everyone knows about Romeo and Juliet. I don’t even remember when my first encounter with the story was–it was sometime in elementary. I’m pretty sure I also read it before I studied it in Grade 11 English (I owned the Woodworth Edition of this play and Hamlet (review). Felt pretty boss at the age of 14). Anyway, since I was reading a lot of Shakespeare lately, I figured it was a good time to revisit the play in earnest, lend my thoughts in a review to complete my posts 😛

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Review: Titus Andronicus

Posted 8 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Titus Andronicus
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook

An embittered Roman General returns from war, having captured the Queen of the Goths and her three sons. Sacrificing the eldest, in memory of his own sons killed in battle, he provokes the queen’s unending hatred.

I had heard of this play for some time now; many likened it to an action film, a slasher flick, and Quentin Tarantino’s movies. I suppose I had put off reading it precisely because of what everyone has been saying about this play (hype?), not to mention I figured I had to be in a particular mood to read it. But I did want to read it to know what it is everyone was talking about, to get the references I’ve been seeing online, and of course there’s the Globe production last year (starring William Houston! Indira Varma!)

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Review: Four Major Plays

Posted 2 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Four Major Plays
By: Federico Garcia Lorca
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In his four last plays (Blood Wedding, Yerma, The House of Bernarda Alba, Dona Rosita the Spinster) Federico Garcia Lorca offered his disturbed and disturbing personal vision to Spanish audiences of the 1930s—unready, as he thought them, for the sexual frankness and surreal expression of his more experimental work. The authentic sense of danger of Lorca’s theatre is finely conveyed here in John Edmunds’s fluent and rhythmic new translations that lend themselves admirably to performance.

I read this book back in 2012 but I never wrote a review about it; suffice to say I really enjoyed it then (as well as Lorca being my favourite poet and all <333). I decided to revisit it again this year as I’ve been reading a lot of plays lately.

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