July 12th, 2013

tell me a story [lizzieb]

[Shakespeare] 31/37

At Shakespeare on the Common earlier this week year, Cate and I were talking about getting to see multiple versions of the same play in fairly quick succession (this was our 3rd Two Gentlemen of Verona this season) -- "playstorming," she called it.

I remembered doing that "Shakespeare plays you have read or seen" meme a while back and was curious to pull it up and update it.

Apparently I'd only seen a few ASP shows at the time, so my list has significantly increased, even without this year's ALL The Shakespeare.

Because some of this stuff I don't even remember (apparently I saw Two Gentlemen of Verona for the first time when I was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007? oh, wait, my records say "Two Noble Kinsmen," I must have goofed when I did the meme last time), I decided to to back through my Shakepeare tag and link to my writeups of all the plays (though I have been behind on writeups for, oh, years).

In August 2012, I said, "3rd performance of Coriolanus I've seen and I still get excited watching it (which I wasn't sure would be the case). And now I want to read lots of commentary on the play because I have lots of thinky thoughts."

I have known for some time that Twelfth Night and Macbeth, which used to be my favorite Shakespeare plays, I've become less enamoured of on repeated viewings -- but I hadn't really thought much about what I would currently posit for my favorite Shakespeare play(s). I think it is arguably true that Coriolanus is my current favorite.

In going back through these entries, I think Titus Andronicus (baby's first ASP show!) is possibly my second-favorite.

Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, and underline the ones you've read or listened to.

lignota's addition: *asterisk the ones you've performed in or directed. (angevin2's academically-inclined addition: I'm also marking the ones I've taught or done reasonably serious scholarly work on with a +plus sign. Also I am counting readthroughs as performances, because I am totally into readthroughs.)
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