Jude Law in Henry V

Well, write this one on the calendar. I saw a production of Henry V that I didn’t like. This makes me incredibly sad for a lot of reasons, but most of all because it’s my favorite play and I desperately want to love it every time I see it. And I tried, I really tried.  It’s even ...

Coriolanus: Adventures in Aggressive Furniture Arranging

Back from Coriolanus. All I can think right now: DRAMATIC MUSIC CUE! QUICK, REARRANGE THE FURNITURE. Okay I’m sorry. I know. I KNOW. It’s a very serious play. And it is. There is a definite non-zero quantity of fake blood that gets used, to great effect. But goddammit people, I’m only human. First off: these tickets ...

Oh and this other thing happened [MEGASQUEE]

I will be seeing Coriolanus. At the Donmar Warehouse. With some of my amazing friends. My squee runneth over. This is entirely due to the efforts of Sera The Great And Powerful, who organized a group of us to call and hit the Barclay’s front row website for the 10GBP tickets when they were released. I ...

Muse of Fire (Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bard) 4

Thanks to the wonders of magical, lying VPN services, I got to sneak in a watch of Muse of Fire [Warning, video begins to automatically play on the site, SHAME ON YOU DAN AND GILES.] on the BBC iPlayer. I really wanted to watch this slim little documentary because I was in on interviewing Dan Poole for The ...

The Hollow Crown 4: Henry V 1

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. This. The Saturday I’ve been waiting for! Favorite play ever, favorite actor ever, go! Rather than start this review with seven pages of frantic keysmashing, allow me to just say: Fuck yeah. With bells on. There was everything to love about the ...

The Hollow Crown 3: Henry IV Part 2

Finally got to watch this, and not a moment to soon! Darn field work for standing between me and Shakespeare anyway. It’s okay, baby, I’m here for you now. I’ll never let them tear us apart again. Henry IV Part 2 starts off with scene 1 and 2 being intercut again, as it was in Part ...

The Hollow Crown 2: Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV part 1 today. Hilariously enough it was delayed by an hour because of Wimbledon. A tennis delay seems like something that would be so much more appropriate to Henry V… …not that I’m in any way asking for a tennis delay by the time we get to that play. I might implode. I don’t ...

The Hollow Crown 1: Richard II

I have been in a state of nerd DEFCON 2 all year, I swear. 2012 is starting to feel like the apology for the (other than Thor) rather thin offerings of things that to watch in 2011. But I haven’t just been vibrating with barely controlled glee over the various extravaganzas of shit blowing up ...