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Podcast 40: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Plot and DVDs (part one)

This week’s podcast continues our month-long discussion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including a conclusion to our plot synopsis (with the last half of the play).  We then review our first of many productions available on DVD: the 1981 BBC Collected Works version.  And we finish off with our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.

Errata:
7:54 — Text should be “as you’ll find in the entire play” instead of “in the entire play”
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Podcast 36: The Two Gentlemen of Verona — Pop Culture Edition

This week’s podcast is a continuation of our month-long discussion of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, including DVD reviews of both the BBC Complete Works production and the 1998 romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, and a review of the soundtrack to the 1971 stage musical version; plus, we’ll do our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.

The Bill / Shakespeare Project YouTube page, with selections from the 2005 revival of the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Errata:
5:09 — Text should be “familiar to” instead of “familiar with”
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Podcast 32: Love’s Labor’s Lost–End of Plot and DVDs

This week’s podcast is a continuation of our month-long discussion of Love’s Labor’s Lost, including a finish to our plot synopsis with the last scene of the play, a discussion about comedy, and reviews of the DVD productions, the 1985 BBC Colleced Works production and the year 2000 Kenneth Branagh musical version.  Then we’ll finish up with our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.
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Podcast 29: Richard the Third DVD Reviews

This week’s podcast includes a continuation of our month-long discussion of Richard the Third, including DVD reviews of the BBC Collected Works and An Age of Kings productions, as well as both the Olivier and McKellen film versions.  Also discussed is the Pacino documentary, Looking for Richard, plus a recap of this week’s blog entries.
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Podcast 26: Richard the Third Preview

This week’s podcast includes a preview of our month-long discussion of Richard the Third, including a sampling of different versions of the opening soliloquy (including Olivier, “An Age of Kings,” BBC Collected Works, English Shakespeare Company, McKellen, Branagh, and Royal Shakespeare Company), a review of the film Me and Orson Welles, and a recap of this week’s blog entries.
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Podcast 20: The Second Part of Henry the Sixth DVD Reviews

This week’s podcast includes a continuation of our discussion of The Second Part of Henry the Sixth, including DVD reviews of two different productions, as well as a stage review of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater touring production of Love’s Labor’s Lost; plus, our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.
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Podcast 09: Titus in Pop Culture

This week’s podcast includes a review of the BBC Titus Andronicus and Julie Taymor Titus DVDs, plus a discussion of the rock band Titus Andronicus from Glen Rock, NJ.
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Podcast 05: The Comedy of Errors Wrap-Up

This week’s podcast includes the discussions of production concepts and possible casts for The Comedy of Errors.  Also, this week: DVD reviews of the BBC’s production of The Comedy of Errors and the PBS documentary The Hobart Shakespeareans.
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Check out: Shakespeare Behind Bars

If you do Netflix (or if your DVD rental vendor of choice has a good selection of independent docs), do yourself a GREAT favor and check out Shakespeare Behind Bars, a documentary made back in ’05 about a volunteer theatre project at a Kentucky prison.

Thanks go out to BSP commenter Mashaw for pointing me in the direction of this film (her friend Shana was the directory of photography for the piece).

Check out their website.

It’s great stuff…