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Way back in 1613, the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare worked, burst into flames during a performance of his play Henry VIII. The king was making his grand entrance at Wolsey's house when a canon went off to signify his regal blood. We guess the actors fell asleep during fire safety day, because setting fire to a cannon at a wooden, thatched-roof construction doesn't sound like such a hot idea to us. Check out the one theatergoer describes it: "[C]ertain chambers being taken off in his entry,......Read More
Endgame was Samuel Beckett's very first full-length play following his renowned Waiting for Godot. When it first came out in 1958 it received somewhat mixed reviews (as had Godot a couple of years before), with a few critics charging that Beckett was just doing the exact same thing repeatedly. Renowned literary critic Harold Bloom composed that Endgame "stays a bigger play than any other dramatist has given us in this century." For one thing, Endgame is a good example of theatrical......Read More
Think that John Oliver devised the art of providing a healthy dose of cultural opinion when making folks laugh? Nope, sorry--folks have been doing this for centuries, also Aristophanes is one of the masters. His comment about the philosopher Socrates (who appears as a personality) was so pointed that a few (like any unknown dude named Plato) believed that the play was responsible for producing the bad rep which eventually got Socrates attempted and implemented. Consequently, in the event that......Read More
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