Shakespeare S Ear Presents Dark And Sometimes Funny Pieces Of Fact And Folklore That Bedevil The Mostly Unknown History Of Theater All Manner Of Skullduggery, From Revenge To Murder, From Affairs To Persecution, Proves That The Drama Off Stage Was Just As Intense As Any Portrayed On It The Stories Include Those Of An Ancient Greek Writer Of Tragedies Who Dies When An Eagle Drops A Tortoise On His Head A Sixteenth Century English Playwright Who Lives A Double Life As A Spy And Perishes Horribly, Stabbed Above The Eye A Small Parisian Theater Where Grisly Horrors Unfold On Stage The Gold Earring That Shakespeare Wears In The Chandos Portrait, And Its Connections To Bohemians And Pirates Of The TimeJourney Back To See Theatrical Shenanigans From The Ancient Near East, Explore The Violent Plays Of Ancient Greece And Rome, Revel In The Elizabethan And Jacobean Golden Age Of Blood Thirsty Drama, Delight In The Zany And Subversive Antics Of The Commedia Dell Arte, And Tremble At Ghostly Incursions Into Playhouses Here You Will Find Many Fine Examples Of Playwrights, Actors, And Audiences Alike Being Horrible To Each Other Over The Centuries The book tries to connect Shakespeare s works to masterpieces of Ancient Greek and Roman Theatre and to present the circumstances that became the influence and the context of his plays Arguably, the research is there on the part of the author, but there is nothing new in this attempt There is nothing we don t know, nothing we haven t read before in much better books through a vastly better writing The author s sarcastic humor regarding certain ancient Greek tragedies is hardly appropriate A The book tries to connect Shakespeare s works to masterpieces of Ancient Greek and Roman Theatre and to present the circumstances that became the influence and the context of his plays Arguably, the research is there on the part of the author, but there is nothing new in this attempt There is nothing we don t know, nothing we haven t read before in much better books through a vastly better writing The author s sarcastic humor regarding certain ancient Greek tragedies is hardly appropriate A lame attempt to sound smart , but all he succeeds in is to come across as disrespectful At first, I thought this was some kind of aversion towards Classical Antiquity in general, but no The same tone continues for the majority of the book and I felt as if I was reading an essay by a teenager under the influence of too much reprimanding talk who simply had had enough and decided to ditch everything, essays, projects and all There was nothing obscure, no dark secret, as the cover proclaims Everybody knows the origin of phrases like The Scottish Play or Break a leg Everybody but the writer who needs to get his facts straight in one or two occasionsEven the supposedly haunting theaters that he mentions are far from obscure It is one thing to feel the need to create a text that will be approachable to young people and another to resort to crude jokes and completely silly, amateurish assumptions A frightfully disappointing read that didn t even worth the timeI finished it out of a sheer sadistic desire to see how far he would go to appear clever ARC from Edelweiss A very fun read I knew a lot of the theatrical history portion one of my bachelor s degrees is in theatre but the second part with the hauntings and superstitions was very interesting Highly recommended for students, those interested but not knowledgeable about theatre, and really anyone with a sense of humor who enjoys the theatre While it s a cute book, I don t think I need to read it again. This book was really a slog to read. Quirky, odd snippets about the theatre. Book received from Edelweiss.This book is mostly soundbites of the history of theater It starts with Ancient Greek plays and goes on to explain how it evolved to the theater of today Parts of it weren t that interesting to me, but others ticked all the boxes, especially once it started on the British and their actors I enjoyed it enough to try outof this authors work.
- 280 pages
- Shakespeare's Ear: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Theater
- Tim Rayborn
- 14 August 2017 Tim Rayborn