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  • The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. reviews

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Book Reviews

    Euripides

    His appearance as a dramatist was at an earlier age than that of his predecessors, as he was only five and twenty years old when he produced the “Peliades,” his first tragedy. On t...

  • Nickelodeon and Disney reviews

    Nickelodeon and Disney Book Reviews

    Lakhan Sunder

    A variety of all the favourite shows and characters on Nickelodeon and Disney channel.

  • Fires of St. John reviews

    Fires of St. John Book Reviews

    Hermann Sudermann & Charles Swickard

    This fouract drama is by German naturalist playwright Hermann Sudermann. American Charles Swickard translated and adapted the play for the Boston stage in 1904.

  • Socrates reviews

    Socrates Book Reviews

    1694-1778 Voltaire

    ANITUS: My dear confidants, my dear agents, you know how much money I made you during the last festival of Ceres. I’m getting married and I hope you will do your duty on this grand...

  • Julius Caesar reviews

    Julius Caesar Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    After defeating enemies in battle, Roman citizens celebrate in the streets as Julius Caesar and his entourage make their way through the city. As Caesar passes a soothsayer, he rec...

  • Hedda Gabler reviews

    Hedda Gabler Book Reviews

    Henrik Ibsen

    From Munich, on June 29, 1890, Ibsen wrote to the Swedish poet, Count Carl Soilsky: “Our intention has all along been to spend the summer in the Tyrol again. But circumstances are ...

  • The Duchess of Malfi reviews

    The Duchess of Malfi Book Reviews

    John Webster

    John Webster was a later contemporary of Shakespeare, and The Duchess of Malfi , Webster’s best known play, is considered among the best of the period. It appears to have been firs...

  • Philoktetes reviews

    Philoktetes Book Reviews

    Sophocles

    When Sophokles produced the Philoktetes in 408 B.C., three years before his death at the age of ninety, the ancient story of the tragic archer, abundantly represented in Greek lite...

  • Twelfth Night reviews

    Twelfth Night Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    A storm has caused a terrible shipwreck off the Illyrian coast. Two siblings, Viola and her brother Sebastian, become separated, each believing the other has drowned. Viola washes ...

  • Timon of Athens reviews

    Timon of Athens Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    With its puzzling plot and unexplained characters, Timon is probably unfinished and rarely performed. Timon is a wealthy citizen of ancient Athens, who spends munificently on paras...

  • The Prophet reviews

    The Prophet Book Reviews

    Kahlil Gibran

    The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the LebaneseAmerican artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who ha...

  • Romeo y Julieta reviews

    Romeo y Julieta Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Romeo y Julieta (título original en francés,  Roméo et Juliette) es una ópera en un prólogo y cinco actos con música de Charle...

  • Romeo and Juliet reviews

    Romeo and Juliet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often...

  • The Mule-Bone reviews

    The Mule-Bone Book Reviews

    Zora Neale Hurston & Langston Hughes

    The plot of this stage comedy by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, in which two men compete for a woman’s affection, is based on a folktale collected by Hurston in Florida. T...

  • Plays by Anton Chekhov, Second Series reviews

    Plays by Anton Chekhov, Second Series Book Reviews

    Anton Chekhov

    The last few years have seen a large and generally unsystematic mass of translations from the Russian flung at the heads and hearts of English readers. The ready acceptance of Chek...

  • The Captiva and the Mostellaria reviews

    The Captiva and the Mostellaria Book Reviews

    Titus Maccius Plautus

    These two captives (pointing to PHILOCRATES and TYNDARUS), whom you see standing here, are standing here becausethey are both [1] standing, and are not sitting. That I am saying th...

  • Coriolanus reviews

    Coriolanus Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The brilliant Roman general Coriolanus may be a military genius but he doesn't really have the common touch. Banished because of his patrician opinions, he leads an assault on...

  • The Bacchae of Euripides reviews

    The Bacchae of Euripides Book Reviews

    Gilbert Murray & Euripides

    Considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written, this drama by ancient Greek playwright Euripides tells the story of King Pentheus and his punishment by the god Dionysus.

  • Shakespeare in an Hour reviews

    Shakespeare in an Hour Book Reviews

    Christopher Baker

    Playwrights in an Hour Designed to provide a platform of knowledge and understanding, this innovative series will connect cast, crew, audience members, and students to the playwrig...

  • Othello reviews

    Othello Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Othello, a successful Moorish general in the service of Venice, elopes with Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian noble. His evil lieutenant Iago works on his jealousy and persuade...

  • The Agamemnon of Aeschylus reviews

    The Agamemnon of Aeschylus Book Reviews

    525 BC-456 BC Aeschylus

    The Trilogy of the Oresteia, which deals with the eternal problem of the evil act causing vengeance which wreaks more evil which must be avenged. Aeschylus declares that the new ru...

  • Richard III reviews

    Richard III Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Tale of the psychopathic Richard of York's bloody and manipulative rise to the throne and his defeat and death on Bosworth Field by the future Henry VII (grandfather of Elizab...

  • Orgullo y prejuicio reviews

    Orgullo y prejuicio Book Reviews

    Jane Austen

    Con la llegada del rico y apuesto Mr. Darcy a su región, las vidas de los Bennet y sus cinco hijas se vuelven del revés. El orgullo y la distancia social, la astucia y la hipocresí...

  • Hamlet reviews

    Hamlet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The prince of Denmark tries to summon the will to kill his father's murderer, his uncle and now king.

  • The Merchant of Venice reviews

    The Merchant of Venice Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The young venetian noble Bassanio seeks to woo the beautiful heiress Portia of Belmont. He turns to his friend, a merchant named Antonio, who agrees to help him financially. They g...

  • Death of a Salesman Willy Lines reviews

    Death of a Salesman Willy Lines Book Reviews

    Arthur Miller

    Death of a Salesman, Dramatists Play Service, without stage directions, Willy's lines highlighted.

  • Lysistrata reviews

    Lysistrata Book Reviews

    Aristophanes & Norman Lindsay

    Lysistrata (/laɪˈsɪstrətə/ or /ˌlɪsəˈstrɑːtə/; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, "Armydisbander") is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BCE,...

  • Plays by August Strindberg, Second series reviews

    Plays by August Strindberg, Second series Book Reviews

    August Strindberg

    Strindberg was fifty years old when he wrote “There Are Crimes and Crimes.” In the same year, 1899, he produced three of his finest historical dramas: “The Saga of the Folkungs,” “...

  • Romeo and Juliet reviews

    Romeo and Juliet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young starcrossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was...

  • The Taming of the Shrew reviews

    The Taming of the Shrew Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Baptista Minola has two daughters, the beautiful Bianca and the shrewish Katherina. A visiting stranger, Petruchio, learns of Katherina's large dowry, marries her and through ...

  • Macbeth reviews

    Macbeth Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    An Apple Books Classic edition. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most tragic works, a drama so steeped in legend that actors won’t even say its name for fear of bringing...

  • Six Characters in Search of an Author reviews

    Six Characters in Search of an Author Book Reviews

    Luigi Pirandello & Edward Storer

    Six Characters in Search of an Author ( Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore ) is an Italian threeact play written by Luigi Pirandello in 1921, considered as one of the earliest exampl...

  • Antony and Cleopatra reviews

    Antony and Cleopatra Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Antony and Cleopatra begins two years after Julius Caesar . Mark Antony was supposed to be in Egypt to conduct government affairs on behalf of the Roman Empire. Instead, he fell in...

  • Cyrano De Bergerac reviews

    Cyrano De Bergerac Book Reviews

    Edmond Rostand

    A Representation at the Hotel de Bourgogne. The hall of the Hotel de Bourgogne, in 1640. A sort of tenniscourt arranged and decorated for a theatrical performance. The hall is oblo...

  • Measure for Measure reviews

    Measure for Measure Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Duke Vincentio has given his deputy Angelo temporary power over Vienna before his leave for a diplomatic mission. But instead of leaving the city, the Duke disguises himself as a f...

  • Othello reviews

    Othello Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often...

  • The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays reviews

    The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays Book Reviews

    Lady Gregory & W. B. Yeats

    This volume published in 1908 contains three plays by the great Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats: The Unicorn from the Stars (coauthored with Lady Gregory), Cathleen ...

  • Macbeth reviews

    Macbeth Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often...

  • As You Like It reviews

    As You Like It Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The elaborate gender reversals in this pastoral comedy set in the Forest of Arden are of considerable interest to modern critics. At one point in the play, the heroine Rosalind bec...

  • King Richard II reviews

    King Richard II Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    At the play's opening, Richard is seated in full state on the throne. But the flaws of his weak and selfdeluding character, not to mention the high taxes he imposes, bring dis...

  • King Lear reviews

    King Lear Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Lear decides to abdicate and split his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Cordelia refuses to flatter her father like her sisters and is banished. Go...

  • The Mule-Bone reviews

    The Mule-Bone Book Reviews

    Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston

    The only collaboration between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, The MuleBone is a threeact comedy depicting the romantic rivalry between two lifelong friends, Jim Weston and...

  • Troilus and Cressida reviews

    Troilus and Cressida Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” characterized by its duality of tone as it jumps from bawdy comedic to dark tragedy. The plot was sourced from two epi...

  • Life Is a Dream reviews

    Life Is a Dream Book Reviews

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    Two of the dramas contained in this volume are the most celebrated of all Calderon’s writings. The first, “La Vida es Sueno”, has been translated into many languages and performed ...

  • Ghosts reviews

    Ghosts Book Reviews

    Henrik Ibsen

    The winter of 187980 Ibsen spent in Munich, and the greater part of the summer of 1880 at Berchtesgaden. November 1880 saw him back in Rome, and he passed the summer of 1881 at Sor...

  • Henry V reviews

    Henry V Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The former wastrel Prince Hal has now become a shrewd and courageous monarch. His invasion of France leads to overwhelming triumph at the battle of Agincourt, not least because of ...

  • The Merchant of Venice reviews

    The Merchant of Venice Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The merchant Antonio promises Shylock that if he defaults on his borrowing, he will pay the Jewish moneylender a pound of his flesh. When he can't pay, Shylock insists on his ...

  • Agamemnon reviews

    Agamemnon Book Reviews

    Aeschylus & Ian Johnston

    The “Agamemnon” is one of the great tragedies of ancient Athens. This work contains an updated translation by Ian Johnston, an introduction on the finer points of Greek drama, film...

  • The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1 reviews

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1 Book Reviews

    Aristophanes

    Perhaps the first thing to strike usparadoxical as it may sound to say soabout the Athenian ‘Old Comedy’ is its modernness. Of its very nature, satiric drama comes later than Epic ...

  • Faust reviews

    Faust Book Reviews

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Goethe's FAUST is a classic tragic play, telling the story of a wager between God and Mephistopholes (Satan), who wishes to tempt the central character, Faust, away from right...

  • Twelfth Night reviews

    Twelfth Night Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin, Sebastian, has been killed. Masquerading as a boy, she enters the service of Duke Orsino, who is in love with Olivia. Olivia, believing ...

  • Fuenteovejuna reviews

    Fuenteovejuna Book Reviews

    Lope De Vega

    Fuenteovejuna es una obra teatral del Siglo de Oro español del dramaturgo Lope de Vega. Tomada de un hecho histórico, la trama se desarrolla en el pueblo cordobés de Fuente Ovejuna...

  • The Sea-Gull reviews

    The Sea-Gull Book Reviews

    Anton Chekhov

    The scene is laid in the park on SORIN'S estate. A broad avenue of trees leads away from the audience toward a lake which lies lost in the depths of the park. The avenue is ob...

  • Hamlet reviews

    Hamlet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of D...

  • Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays reviews

    Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays Book Reviews

    Pierre Loving & Frank Shay

    Work by such luminaries as Eugene O’Neill and Anton Chekhov are collected in this 1920 anthology of oneact plays.

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor reviews

    The Merry Wives of Windsor Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    This comedy vehicle for Sir John Falstaff relates how the fat knight gets his comeuppance from the two wealthy married women he is simultaneously courting.

  • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus reviews

    The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Book Reviews

    Christopher Marlowe

    The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus , Christopher Marlowe’s classic interpretation of the Faustus legend, was first performed in London by the Admiral’s Men around 1592. It is b...

  • Cymbeline reviews

    Cymbeline Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    King Cymbeline had plans to arrange the marriage between his daughter Imogen and his soninlaw Cloten. Instead, she secretly marries Posthumus Leonatus, a poor gentleman. Before Cym...

  • Dido, Queen of Carthage reviews

    Dido, Queen of Carthage Book Reviews

    Christopher Marlowe

    Christopher Marlowe, also known as Kit Marlowe was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Modern scholars count Marlowe among the most famous of the Eli...

  • Uncle Vanya reviews

    Uncle Vanya Book Reviews

    Anton Chekhov

    ALEXANDER SEREBRAKOFF, a retired professor HELENA, his wife, twentyseven years old SONIA, his daughter by a former marriage MME. VOITSKAYA, widow of a privy councilor, and mother o...

Best Paid Theater Books of 2024

  • The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. reviews

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Book Reviews

    Euripides

    His appearance as a dramatist was at an earlier age than that of his predecessors, as he was only five and twenty years old when he produced the “Peliades,” his first tragedy. On t...

  • Nickelodeon and Disney reviews

    Nickelodeon and Disney Book Reviews

    Lakhan Sunder

    A variety of all the favourite shows and characters on Nickelodeon and Disney channel.

  • Fires of St. John reviews

    Fires of St. John Book Reviews

    Hermann Sudermann & Charles Swickard

    This fouract drama is by German naturalist playwright Hermann Sudermann. American Charles Swickard translated and adapted the play for the Boston stage in 1904.

  • Socrates reviews

    Socrates Book Reviews

    1694-1778 Voltaire

    ANITUS: My dear confidants, my dear agents, you know how much money I made you during the last festival of Ceres. I’m getting married and I hope you will do your duty on this grand...

  • Julius Caesar reviews

    Julius Caesar Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    After defeating enemies in battle, Roman citizens celebrate in the streets as Julius Caesar and his entourage make their way through the city. As Caesar passes a soothsayer, he rec...

  • Hedda Gabler reviews

    Hedda Gabler Book Reviews

    Henrik Ibsen

    From Munich, on June 29, 1890, Ibsen wrote to the Swedish poet, Count Carl Soilsky: “Our intention has all along been to spend the summer in the Tyrol again. But circumstances are ...

  • The Duchess of Malfi reviews

    The Duchess of Malfi Book Reviews

    John Webster

    John Webster was a later contemporary of Shakespeare, and The Duchess of Malfi , Webster’s best known play, is considered among the best of the period. It appears to have been firs...

  • Philoktetes reviews

    Philoktetes Book Reviews

    Sophocles

    When Sophokles produced the Philoktetes in 408 B.C., three years before his death at the age of ninety, the ancient story of the tragic archer, abundantly represented in Greek lite...

  • Twelfth Night reviews

    Twelfth Night Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    A storm has caused a terrible shipwreck off the Illyrian coast. Two siblings, Viola and her brother Sebastian, become separated, each believing the other has drowned. Viola washes ...

  • Timon of Athens reviews

    Timon of Athens Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    With its puzzling plot and unexplained characters, Timon is probably unfinished and rarely performed. Timon is a wealthy citizen of ancient Athens, who spends munificently on paras...

  • The Prophet reviews

    The Prophet Book Reviews

    Kahlil Gibran

    The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the LebaneseAmerican artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who ha...

  • Romeo y Julieta reviews

    Romeo y Julieta Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Romeo y Julieta (título original en francés,  Roméo et Juliette) es una ópera en un prólogo y cinco actos con música de Charle...

  • Romeo and Juliet reviews

    Romeo and Juliet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often...

  • The Mule-Bone reviews

    The Mule-Bone Book Reviews

    Zora Neale Hurston & Langston Hughes

    The plot of this stage comedy by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, in which two men compete for a woman’s affection, is based on a folktale collected by Hurston in Florida. T...

  • Plays by Anton Chekhov, Second Series reviews

    Plays by Anton Chekhov, Second Series Book Reviews

    Anton Chekhov

    The last few years have seen a large and generally unsystematic mass of translations from the Russian flung at the heads and hearts of English readers. The ready acceptance of Chek...

  • The Captiva and the Mostellaria reviews

    The Captiva and the Mostellaria Book Reviews

    Titus Maccius Plautus

    These two captives (pointing to PHILOCRATES and TYNDARUS), whom you see standing here, are standing here becausethey are both [1] standing, and are not sitting. That I am saying th...

  • Coriolanus reviews

    Coriolanus Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The brilliant Roman general Coriolanus may be a military genius but he doesn't really have the common touch. Banished because of his patrician opinions, he leads an assault on...

  • The Bacchae of Euripides reviews

    The Bacchae of Euripides Book Reviews

    Gilbert Murray & Euripides

    Considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written, this drama by ancient Greek playwright Euripides tells the story of King Pentheus and his punishment by the god Dionysus.

  • Shakespeare in an Hour reviews

    Shakespeare in an Hour Book Reviews

    Christopher Baker

    Playwrights in an Hour Designed to provide a platform of knowledge and understanding, this innovative series will connect cast, crew, audience members, and students to the playwrig...

  • Othello reviews

    Othello Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Othello, a successful Moorish general in the service of Venice, elopes with Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian noble. His evil lieutenant Iago works on his jealousy and persuade...

  • The Agamemnon of Aeschylus reviews

    The Agamemnon of Aeschylus Book Reviews

    525 BC-456 BC Aeschylus

    The Trilogy of the Oresteia, which deals with the eternal problem of the evil act causing vengeance which wreaks more evil which must be avenged. Aeschylus declares that the new ru...

  • Richard III reviews

    Richard III Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Tale of the psychopathic Richard of York's bloody and manipulative rise to the throne and his defeat and death on Bosworth Field by the future Henry VII (grandfather of Elizab...

  • Orgullo y prejuicio reviews

    Orgullo y prejuicio Book Reviews

    Jane Austen

    Con la llegada del rico y apuesto Mr. Darcy a su región, las vidas de los Bennet y sus cinco hijas se vuelven del revés. El orgullo y la distancia social, la astucia y la hipocresí...

  • Hamlet reviews

    Hamlet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The prince of Denmark tries to summon the will to kill his father's murderer, his uncle and now king.

  • The Merchant of Venice reviews

    The Merchant of Venice Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The young venetian noble Bassanio seeks to woo the beautiful heiress Portia of Belmont. He turns to his friend, a merchant named Antonio, who agrees to help him financially. They g...

  • Death of a Salesman Willy Lines reviews

    Death of a Salesman Willy Lines Book Reviews

    Arthur Miller

    Death of a Salesman, Dramatists Play Service, without stage directions, Willy's lines highlighted.

  • Lysistrata reviews

    Lysistrata Book Reviews

    Aristophanes & Norman Lindsay

    Lysistrata (/laɪˈsɪstrətə/ or /ˌlɪsəˈstrɑːtə/; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, "Armydisbander") is a comedy by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BCE,...

  • Plays by August Strindberg, Second series reviews

    Plays by August Strindberg, Second series Book Reviews

    August Strindberg

    Strindberg was fifty years old when he wrote “There Are Crimes and Crimes.” In the same year, 1899, he produced three of his finest historical dramas: “The Saga of the Folkungs,” “...

  • Romeo and Juliet reviews

    Romeo and Juliet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young starcrossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was...

  • The Taming of the Shrew reviews

    The Taming of the Shrew Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Baptista Minola has two daughters, the beautiful Bianca and the shrewish Katherina. A visiting stranger, Petruchio, learns of Katherina's large dowry, marries her and through ...

  • Macbeth reviews

    Macbeth Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    An Apple Books Classic edition. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most tragic works, a drama so steeped in legend that actors won’t even say its name for fear of bringing...

  • Six Characters in Search of an Author reviews

    Six Characters in Search of an Author Book Reviews

    Luigi Pirandello & Edward Storer

    Six Characters in Search of an Author ( Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore ) is an Italian threeact play written by Luigi Pirandello in 1921, considered as one of the earliest exampl...

  • Antony and Cleopatra reviews

    Antony and Cleopatra Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Antony and Cleopatra begins two years after Julius Caesar . Mark Antony was supposed to be in Egypt to conduct government affairs on behalf of the Roman Empire. Instead, he fell in...

  • Cyrano De Bergerac reviews

    Cyrano De Bergerac Book Reviews

    Edmond Rostand

    A Representation at the Hotel de Bourgogne. The hall of the Hotel de Bourgogne, in 1640. A sort of tenniscourt arranged and decorated for a theatrical performance. The hall is oblo...

  • Measure for Measure reviews

    Measure for Measure Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Duke Vincentio has given his deputy Angelo temporary power over Vienna before his leave for a diplomatic mission. But instead of leaving the city, the Duke disguises himself as a f...

  • Othello reviews

    Othello Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often...

  • The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays reviews

    The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays Book Reviews

    Lady Gregory & W. B. Yeats

    This volume published in 1908 contains three plays by the great Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats: The Unicorn from the Stars (coauthored with Lady Gregory), Cathleen ...

  • Macbeth reviews

    Macbeth Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often...

  • As You Like It reviews

    As You Like It Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The elaborate gender reversals in this pastoral comedy set in the Forest of Arden are of considerable interest to modern critics. At one point in the play, the heroine Rosalind bec...

  • King Richard II reviews

    King Richard II Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    At the play's opening, Richard is seated in full state on the throne. But the flaws of his weak and selfdeluding character, not to mention the high taxes he imposes, bring dis...

  • King Lear reviews

    King Lear Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Lear decides to abdicate and split his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Cordelia refuses to flatter her father like her sisters and is banished. Go...

  • The Mule-Bone reviews

    The Mule-Bone Book Reviews

    Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston

    The only collaboration between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, The MuleBone is a threeact comedy depicting the romantic rivalry between two lifelong friends, Jim Weston and...

  • Troilus and Cressida reviews

    Troilus and Cressida Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” characterized by its duality of tone as it jumps from bawdy comedic to dark tragedy. The plot was sourced from two epi...

  • Life Is a Dream reviews

    Life Is a Dream Book Reviews

    Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    Two of the dramas contained in this volume are the most celebrated of all Calderon’s writings. The first, “La Vida es Sueno”, has been translated into many languages and performed ...

  • Ghosts reviews

    Ghosts Book Reviews

    Henrik Ibsen

    The winter of 187980 Ibsen spent in Munich, and the greater part of the summer of 1880 at Berchtesgaden. November 1880 saw him back in Rome, and he passed the summer of 1881 at Sor...

  • Henry V reviews

    Henry V Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The former wastrel Prince Hal has now become a shrewd and courageous monarch. His invasion of France leads to overwhelming triumph at the battle of Agincourt, not least because of ...

  • The Merchant of Venice reviews

    The Merchant of Venice Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The merchant Antonio promises Shylock that if he defaults on his borrowing, he will pay the Jewish moneylender a pound of his flesh. When he can't pay, Shylock insists on his ...

  • Agamemnon reviews

    Agamemnon Book Reviews

    Aeschylus & Ian Johnston

    The “Agamemnon” is one of the great tragedies of ancient Athens. This work contains an updated translation by Ian Johnston, an introduction on the finer points of Greek drama, film...

  • The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1 reviews

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1 Book Reviews

    Aristophanes

    Perhaps the first thing to strike usparadoxical as it may sound to say soabout the Athenian ‘Old Comedy’ is its modernness. Of its very nature, satiric drama comes later than Epic ...

  • Faust reviews

    Faust Book Reviews

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Goethe's FAUST is a classic tragic play, telling the story of a wager between God and Mephistopholes (Satan), who wishes to tempt the central character, Faust, away from right...

  • Twelfth Night reviews

    Twelfth Night Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin, Sebastian, has been killed. Masquerading as a boy, she enters the service of Duke Orsino, who is in love with Olivia. Olivia, believing ...

  • Fuenteovejuna reviews

    Fuenteovejuna Book Reviews

    Lope De Vega

    Fuenteovejuna es una obra teatral del Siglo de Oro español del dramaturgo Lope de Vega. Tomada de un hecho histórico, la trama se desarrolla en el pueblo cordobés de Fuente Ovejuna...

  • The Sea-Gull reviews

    The Sea-Gull Book Reviews

    Anton Chekhov

    The scene is laid in the park on SORIN'S estate. A broad avenue of trees leads away from the audience toward a lake which lies lost in the depths of the park. The avenue is ob...

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    Hamlet Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of D...

  • Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays reviews

    Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays Book Reviews

    Pierre Loving & Frank Shay

    Work by such luminaries as Eugene O’Neill and Anton Chekhov are collected in this 1920 anthology of oneact plays.

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor reviews

    The Merry Wives of Windsor Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    This comedy vehicle for Sir John Falstaff relates how the fat knight gets his comeuppance from the two wealthy married women he is simultaneously courting.

  • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus reviews

    The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Book Reviews

    Christopher Marlowe

    The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus , Christopher Marlowe’s classic interpretation of the Faustus legend, was first performed in London by the Admiral’s Men around 1592. It is b...

  • Cymbeline reviews

    Cymbeline Book Reviews

    William Shakespeare

    King Cymbeline had plans to arrange the marriage between his daughter Imogen and his soninlaw Cloten. Instead, she secretly marries Posthumus Leonatus, a poor gentleman. Before Cym...

  • Dido, Queen of Carthage reviews

    Dido, Queen of Carthage Book Reviews

    Christopher Marlowe

    Christopher Marlowe, also known as Kit Marlowe was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Modern scholars count Marlowe among the most famous of the Eli...

  • Uncle Vanya reviews

    Uncle Vanya Book Reviews

    Anton Chekhov

    ALEXANDER SEREBRAKOFF, a retired professor HELENA, his wife, twentyseven years old SONIA, his daughter by a former marriage MME. VOITSKAYA, widow of a privy councilor, and mother o...