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Will: Shakespeare in a 1970s-1580s London

TNT has a new show on Monday nights at 9:00 pm, called Will. It’s allegedly about young William Shakespeare coming to crazy London in the 1580s to make his way as a playwright. The show conjures up a time shrouded … Continue reading

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The Lurchers Meet the Queen

Nicki and two of her greyhound/deerhound hybrid lurchers met Queen Elizabeth I on Saturday, at Sebastopol’s mini-Renn-Faire, the Shakespeare Festival. The Queen demonstrated that she was as good with dogs as she was with the men in her life. Nicki … Continue reading

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The Dickens Fair; in Which our Heroines Encounter an Eccentric, and Procure Refreshment

Victorian ladies with their Starbucks drinks  Spouse gave me an assignment before I left for the fair; come back with a report on the proportion of steam-punk-themes costumes to Dickensian, or street clothes. Certainly we were both expecting a large … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Venice

The Fallen Blade Jon Courtenay Grimwood Orbit, 2010  The Fallen Blade is Act One of the Assassini Trilogy. You can enjoy this intricate historical and political fantasy with its nuanced, layered characters on its own, or you can follow the … Continue reading

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Summer Social

It’s August in sunny California, so of course we dressed for the summer; the Sig-O had his shearling vest and I had a jacket and gloves.  People had down parkas, sleeping bags, hats, gloves and scarves.  This is how you … Continue reading

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Bloody, Bold and Resolute

At the beginning of the Rep’s production of MacBeth, a doll-like clown with a lacy mob cap and ruffled petticoats tiptoes onto the stage, followed by a colorful ragamuffin clown.  As they watch, a traitorous Scot is executed and his … Continue reading

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3 Books in 30 Minutes

I don’t like how my comments on books have been going lately.  They’re too long and I don’t seem to have much to say.  To jump-start myself I gave myself a writing challenge:  A ten-minute capsule review.  Here are three … Continue reading

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Is Caliban a Bad Guy?

Well, of course he is. He’s not the bad guy, the Real Villain. One of the problems with The Tempest is that it’s hard to tell who the real Bad Guy is. Since the really bad stuff happened in the … Continue reading

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Something Rich and Strange

“Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.” The Tempest The set was … Continue reading

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What Fools These Mortals Be

The first time I saw Midsummer Night’s Dream I was in high school. An acting troupe performed in the Redwood Theater, an outdoor amphitheater in Armstrong Woods. It was a summer night in the early 1970s. My friend and I … Continue reading

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