Category Archives: Play

Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher

Imagine the entire Mean Girls movie written out like a Shakespeare play complete with the language and rhythms you would expect from William Shakespeare. That’s Much Ado About Mean Girls. It’s utterly fabulous. It’s so funny and reads very quickly. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Shakespeare and enjoyed Mean Girls.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 16
Pages Read in 2020: 4155
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Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac is a classic play about a man with an abnormally large nose who uses his skills with words to help another man woo the woman they both love. It is sad, but has a lot of humor sprinkled throughout. I highly recommend reading it to adults.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 70
Pages Read in 2018: 16,790
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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Set in Scotland, Macbeth tells the story of an ambitious man, a woman’s descent into madness, and the end of many people along with some witches and prophecies. Typical Shakespeare tragedy. I recommend reading the play to anyone interested in Shakespeare.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 67
Pages Read in 2018: 16,296
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Shakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers by E. Nesbit

This short book tells twelve of Shakespeare’s plays in an easy to understand way for children. The synopses are just a few pages each, but hit all the major plot points. It’s an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for kids far too young to understand the language in the actual plays. I highly recommend reading Shakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 66
Pages Read in 2018: 16,192
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies. It follows several stories that turn out to be all intertwined in the end. I highly recommend this play to anyone interested in Shakespeare.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 65
Pages Read in 2018: 16,104
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Richard III by William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare’s histories, Richard III tells of King Richard III’s rise to power and reign. The Dover Thrift Edition includes extremely useful explanatory footnotes. I highly recommend reading this version.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 173
Pages Read in 2017: 45,997
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Picking up in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play split into two parts. We all remember how Albus Severus Potter was worried about being sorted into Slytherin. Well, sure enough that’s precisely the house he is sorted into. He also manages to become the best of friends with Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius (who is rumored not to actually be Draco’s son). The two boys (with a little help from Amos Diggory’s niece) get the idea to use the only known remaining Time Turner and go back to 1994 and 5 and change the outcome of the Triwizard Tournament. Specifically to save Cedric’s life. Of course messing with the past has a pesky way of screwing up the present and so they find themselves in alternate realities they never expected and need a lot of help to fix.

When it was announced that the script would be released as a book, I was so excited and immediately pre-ordered it and counted down the last few days until it would magically appear on my Kindle. I had high hopes and I can honestly say it did not disappoint. My only complaint is, as with the original series, it left me wanting more (and wondering if it’s worth the cost of tickets and a flight to London to see it). The story held true to the spirit of the original books and though it was sometimes confusing, the time travel consequences did seem to make sense. I very highly recommend that everyone who loves Harry Potter read this play!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 72
Pages Read in 2016: 19,053
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