Cymbeline — Acts I, II, I

Britain. The garden of Cymbeline’s palace.

I love it already!! In fact, I first read that setting as “Cymbeline’s place” and thought, “That’s cool. Sounds chill.” Then I noticed my mistake and got down and ready to party at the palace!

Coriolanus — Acts I, II, III

We open to a mob of “mutinous citizens.”

Best. Beginning. Ever!

The First Citizen (that’s his given name in the play) delivers the plays first line, “Before we proceed any further…” which I kinda love. Because like… hello, where were you before? What did I miss? Why is everyone so angry? I’ll shut up and find out.

The Sway

The man holding the red basket is two numbers ahead of me. Attractive though he is, I have more pressing matters to attend to. Namely, the dinner party I’ve been putting off all week.

Airplane Mode

To whomever (or whatever) is listening, reading, watching, be gentle with us. We are but single-consciousness individuals who go about our days and nights glued to screens and gadgets. To wit, we are mostly harmless.

Obligatory 9/11 Post

Even though I had a front row seat to the smoke, I was probably affected no more or no less than every other American, ally, and free-loving citizen. My eyes well up just as yours do. We are all in this ghastly, heart wrenching memory together.

Labor Day For Whales

— Captain! There’s something terribly wrong with Madame Marmalade! She’s moaning and crooning a seasick wailing tune that can only be described as “unfortunate for one’s ears.”

— Really, Thompson? That’s the only way it can be described?

Comedy of Errors — Acts I, II, III

For a comedy, it sure starts out inside a barrel of overly zealous monkeys!

This soggy dude named Aegon comes waltzing up to Duke Solinus and tells a harrowing story of how his ship was wrecked and his sons were killed in the disaster. At first it sounded like his wife had just given birth to twin boys and then a few hours later, some other woman gave birth to two boys as well. So I thought we were in for a romping good time with a mistaken identity show.

The Importance of Reading Comprehension - Shakespeare Edition

What’s the point in reading if you aren’t enjoying it? And how can you enjoy a story if you aren’t understanding it? This isn’t a trick question. Fictions — well-written fictions, anyway — are created with the intention of pleasing the reader with an interesting tale. If you are struggling to grasp what is being conveyed on the page, then maybe you’re just not into the work. It’s OK, you can move on.