Shakespeare’s Globe Tours the Globe

(A slightly edited version of this review appeared in The East African 7th-13th February 2015 under the title, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre come to EA) “All should beware of actors and newcomers, especially an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger’s heart wrapped in a players hide, supposes he is as well able…

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Love By Shakespeare

(This review appeared in The East African 10th-16th March 2014 under the title ‘Hate’ in the Footsteps of ‘Love By Shakespeare’) For many people, if truth be told, Shakespeare has been the bane of many a gloomy English lesson. Not least because Elizabethan English, to the modern scholar, may sound tedious and complicated and speaking…

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Phoenix Players Tame the Shrew

(This review appeared in The EastAfrican 12th-18th March 2012 under the title Thy Husband is (Not) Thy Lord) Here is the dilemma that theatre directors are faced with, when it comes to staging Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew: Should the play’s inherent misogynistic theme be taken seriously or should the play take the stance…

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Shakespeare, I Presume?

(This critique appeared in The EastAfrican February 21-27 2011 under the title, All About the Bard and the Bees) Despite speculation that some works attributed to him may have been written by other people, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is heralded as the greatest writer in the English language. The great Brazilian writer, Machado de Assis (1839-1908)…

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