Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Brief Reviews: Romeo and Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew

So help me, I tried to understand this old English (for lack of a better word) but like poetry I get lost!  If I wasn't familiar with the stories and the added bonus of the cheat sheets (summary in modern English for each scene) included with the CDs I'd be hopeless.  The audio dramatization also helped with understanding what's going on.  Anyway, as part of  broadening my horizon I'm giving Shakespeare another go.  Thanks Book Quoter for the inspiration.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, AF play, audio CD, 183min, rating=3.5

The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud.  When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twist of fortune.  Despite the passion and innocence of their love, they fall victim to the enmity between their families, and their story ends in tragedy. (cover)

Romantic, feudal, and tragic.  Exemplifies an effect of hostility.  ~By the way, I didn't realize that Romeo and Juliet actually got married ... now I know!

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, AF play, audio CD, 137min, rating=4

Padua has many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister Kate is wed. Is any man up to the challenge? The witty adventurer Petruchio undertakes the task. His tough-love transformation of the shrewish Kate from fishwife into loving wife is the heart of this classic comedic romp, which contains some of Shakespeare's wittiest verbal battles.  (Goodreads)

I actually didn't know anything about this play, but one can guess what it's about from the title. 

This was a treat.  A play within a play and a hoot at that!!  Goes to show that people can change.


  1. I have not read Taming but saw the play. I knew you had it in you. Poetry will work it's way up to your heart. Wait till you get as old as I am:)

  2. Hi, Jinky! Getting back into the routine (after some curve balls) and am droppi9ng by to say Hi!

    Shakespeare is a favorite. Having said that, I've never thought of the Bard as light reading - like you said, the Old English and all the double meanings. A college professor, in a class I took, said Romeo and Juliet is the dirtiest play Shakespeare wrote - and proceeded to 'translate' some of the double meanings...OMG! Will didn't write for English classes, that's for sure, LOL!

  3. @BookQuoter --Aww, thanks. ~I hope so. :)

    @Kittie --Glad you stopped by and hope no more curve balls for a long while. --Wow, that's interesting about R&J got me curious as to some of those double meanings. :)


Thank you for taking the time to write a comment. You are fabulous! :)

Template by:
Free Blog Templates