Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




“Shakespeare More Exciting than a TV Series” – Henry VI at the Avignon Festival


Henry VI – Shakespeare’s three-part history play – is one of the Bard’s earliest works, and my only experience seeing it performed was not very positive. I spotted an article about a production at the Avignon Festival in France, that claims that the play is “more exciting than a TV series.” Performing all three plays […]

Should Theaters Remove the “Boring Bits” from Shakespeare?


In an article in the Daily Mail, hobbit Martin Freeman discusses cutting the “boring bits” out of Shakespeare plays so younger people enjoy them. He’s currently starring in a production of Richard III in London – which I won’t see, because it’s too far to go to see someone like him play Shakespeare – and […]

Should an Authentic Theater Be Uncomfortable?


I had a very uncomfortable experience the other night at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse & Sauna, attached to Shakespeare’s Globe in London. As I describe in my review of the concert I attended: The theatre holds about 340 people, and one sits on hard wooden benches without backs (though the last row in each section […]

Filming Shakespeare: Interview with John Wyver, Part 2


This is the second part of a two-part series, the first of which was Shakespeare, from Theater to Cinema: Interview with John Wyver, Producer of the RSC’s Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon Productions On Wednesday, I attended a production of Henry IV Part 2 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. This was the second time I […]

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