On this fine day after American Independence day, we declare our love for our favorite British Export, Shakespeare, by looking at Shakespeare in film, dirty jokes, bad boys in the plays, a crossword flap, some Branagh stuff, and a skyscraper where a Shakespeare theatre used to be.
Shakespeare in Film (on the radio)
I was interviewed on the radio this week about Shakespeare in film, including the latest Whedon version of Much Ado About Nothing. You can listen to the 14-minute interview to the left of the article here from Beth Accomando, KPBS film critic.
Horrible Dating Advice
This article claims to give dating advice about the bad boys of Shakespeare. It isn’t very funny, nor I think very accurate. Tell me, folks, who in the Shakespeare canon would you date?
On Friday, the Tribune Media Services published a crossword puzzle with the clue “Shylock, e.g.” in several of its newspapers. The corresponding three-letter answer: J-E-W. Jew. Within hours, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League had written a letter in protest calling the clue “insensitive,” demanding an apology, and frustrating crossword enthusiasts who hadn’t yet done their puzzles.
Fascinating. The article goes on to interview my local theatre company leader (the Old Globe in San Diego) which has an amazing Merchant of Venice production going on, which I am going to see later this month. Read more about the crossword problem here.
I used to really like Branagh’s Shakespeare films, although I am perhaps in the minority to say that I did not enjoy the Hamlet film. I found this article an interesting look at Branagh, who hasn’t been doing Shakespeare lately.
Curtain Theatre Skyscraper
The Curtain Theatre in London, which might have housed the first production of Romeo and Juliet, has been gone for a long time, but a new skyscraper is going in its place.
Here is an article (not safe for work, or children) about some of the bawdiest jokes in Shakespeare.
So, here in America, as I write this it is July 4th, our day of independence from England. However, that country has a playwright which is so popular in America that we watch his plays all the time. In fact, his plays are still popular all over the world–William Shakespeare. So today, let’s celebrate Shakespeare!