Director: Vince Brady
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Keywords: Shakespeare, comedy
Watched: 31 July, 2016
I'm familiar with most of Shakespeare's plays,
but not only had I never seen Cymbeline before today,
I knew nothing about it.
While the performance we saw was enjoyable,
I began to see why it's one of the lesser-known plays.
It's one of Shakespeare's later, minor comedies,
with such familiar elements as
a crossdressing heroine,
confused and separated lovers,
false accusations of infidelity,
a knavish villain who gets his comeuppance,
and a loyal servant.
It's easy to see a tired Shakespeare
trotting out yet another comedy to amuse the groundlings.
We saw the Greenstage production at the scenic Lake Wilderness …continue.
I mentioned three weeks ago that I was putting together a group of people
to see Greenstage's production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors
at the Seward Park Amphitheater.
Six of us braved the rain last night,
ate our picnic, and enjoyed an hour and a half of ribald slapstick.
Almost all of the cast cross-dressed.
The main male parts, the two sets of identical twin brothers, were played by women,
The wife, her sister, and the courtesan were played by ugly men
in the best panto dame tradition.
The play, like so many of Shakespeare's comedies,
requires an endless series of confused identities,
which could be cleared up in moments
if only …continue.
Title: The Seafarer
Author: Conor McPherson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
We saw The Seafarer at the Seattle Rep this afternoon.
Two brothers, Richard and Sharkey, share a house in north Dublin.
There's little love lost between them.
Richard, recently blinded, is controlling and wheedling.
Sharkey is trying to stay off the gargle
and it's not easy when Richard and his crony Ivan drink like fishes.
Sharkey's old rival, Nicky, arrives on Christmas Eve,
bringing a stranger with him, Mr. Lockhart.
They settle down to a game of poker
and Sharkey privately learns that he's met the stranger once before.
For Mr. Lockhart is the devil and he wants to collect the old …continue.
(Originally posted to Toastmasters at
Tue, 07 Oct 2003 06:53:32 GMT)
I gave the following speech to Toastmasters on October 1st, 2003, as Speech
#5, "Vocal Variety".
Spolin Games. That sounds like it could be a new set of titles for the
Far from it.
The Spolin Games are a set of improv theater games invented by Viola
Spolin in the nineteen-thirties, and refined by her for the next six
decades. These games are used in improvisational work, to help bring
out creativity and spontaneity. Viola's son, Paul Sills, founded the
Second City improv theater company in Chicago back in the
I was first introduced to the Spolin Games …continue.