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A serviceable villain

I’m blogging in defense of Oswald, whom I consider to be the most undervalued, underrated, ignored, misrepresented character in the entire play. Goneril, Regan, Edmund — they’re rightfully condemned by readers and audiences. Sure, in some adaptations they’re more human or … Continue reading

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Conferring them on younger strengths

I would be a terrible dramaturg if I didn’t post about Pope Benedict XVI’s groundbreaking decision to retire (we even talked about it briefly in class today). Its impact on the public’s perception of leadership, politics, and in this case, religion, … Continue reading

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O, sir, you are old

I first read about Olivia Neaubauer two weeks ago, but other, more urgent dramaturgical tidbits kept getting me distracted from actually blogging about it. Strangely enough though, the delay worked out somewhat beautifully, because another Lear-related news story cropped up … Continue reading

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Had he a hand to write this?

My two weeks in England was something of a theater marathon. My mornings and afternoons were spent in a library or on some kind of tour. My evenings (beginning around 4 p.m. because I was so nervous about being late) … Continue reading

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To plainness honour’s bound

Time Magazine’s venerated Man of the Year award was renamed Person of the Year in 1999. Since then, only two women have been honored with the title (“The Whistleblowers” — Cynthia Cooper, Coleen Rowley, and Sherron Watkins in 2002 –and Melinda … Continue reading

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Lear’s Shadow: George H.W. Bush

Nosocomephobia:  The fear of hospitals. It’s one of hundreds on phobialist.com, but I imagine it’s probably one of the more common ones, at least above fear of German things (Teutophobia) or fear of chins (Geniophobia). And it’s no wonder: Hospitals are, … Continue reading

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