March 2013


Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost could be entitled Lust’s Labour’s Lost, because its central theme is that the expressions of love may be just as self-indulgent as lust and that is advisable before marriage distinguish between hormonal love and husband material. To emphasize the self-indulgent nature of men, the director of Seattle Shakespeare’s current production of LLL, Jon Kretzu, opens the play the morning after a party of the Bright Young Things of the 1920’s immortalized by Evelyn Waugh in numerous novels including Vile Bodies and Brideshead Revisited.


Paper Bullets-Inspired by Much Ado about Nothing

One of the truly distressing things about American Shakespeare productions is that they are usually staged as fossilized productions, set in the era in which they were written. Drawing loosely on the plot, power-dynamics and characters of Much Ado about Nothing, Paper Bullets, by John A. Ellis, is set in contemporary Hollywood.

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