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Showing posts from November, 2010

Merkel tutors Cook

In her new website/weblog The Edward Oxenford Review , Marie Merkel responds to Shaksper  electronic Shakespeare conference owner Hardy Cook's plea for strategies to counter interest in the Shakespeare authorship question generated by Roland Emmerich's Anonymous , a film on the topic that will debut September 23, 2011. In her post titled "Academic Response to Anonymous" Merkel presents Cook with a reading list of material and offers in closing: Finally, I suggest that you portray the movie as Opportunity rather than Disaster.  Ridicule – of the film, of the authorship question, of Oxford himself – may seem to your students like a nervous defense against a devil you don’t dare look in the face.  The way I see it, anything you can say that will send your seeker back to The Bard’s ever-living poetry, with confidence in his or her own ability to discern the truth, may turn out to be a kindness long remembered.  Sounds reasonable to me. I must say, when I saw the fury an

Shakespeare to music Dec. 1, 2010

I attended this University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance event last year and enjoyed it very, very much.  Wednesday, December 1 Opera Workshop E.V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre 7:00 PM First year graduate students under Joshua Major and Timothy Cheek will present an evening of arias and Shakespeare monologues. Free - no tickets required SMTD Events Hotline 734-764-0583

Plummer in The Tempest-Another Chance to See

Although it had been announced previously (in obscure places) I just found out that Bravo Canada filmed one of the performances of The Tempest this past season (which just ended last weekend) at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, starring Christopher Plummer. They have made a "movie version" of this and it will be showing this coming weekend in selected theatres in Canada, including one in Windsor. The film will only be shown in at one theatre and at one time (at least in Windsor). It will be at 1 PM on Saturday November 6 at the Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall (3100 Howard Avenue, (519) 967-0197) Information and online tickets are available at Actually, there will be an encore presentation at the same theatre on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 PM. I saw the live production this past season at Stratford and I thought it was very good (although not as exciting or provocative as the way it was done by Patrick Stewart