Shakespearian Plays

@dodo19 (27793)
Beaconsfield, Quebec
March 20, 2009 9:01pm CST
William Shakespeare wrote several amazing plays. We could say that his plays really left their marks on the Theatre world, with good reason I might add. Among his plays, which is your favorite? Or which is your lest favorite? Why is or isn't your favorite?
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@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 15
His talent for generating colourful phrases is what really made his plays famous. The actual quality of many of them is quite poor, but his terminology was quite impressive.
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@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
16 Oct 15
That is certainly true. The language he used and the phrases he used are quite impressive and powerful.
@Asylum (46839)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 15
@dodo19 Another person who had a wonderful ability at generating unusual terminology was William Gilbert, the librettist who worked with Arthur Seymour.
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@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
16 Oct 15
@Asylum I've never heard of him. I'll check him out.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I was really into Shakespearre when I was young, though it was a long time before I realized some of his comedies were in fact comedy because of the way they were presented. I think the first time was a PBS version of Midsummer Night's Dream. Before that there were nothing but dreary black and white movies. I don't recall ever seeing any performed live.
• United States
1 Feb 11
Bottom and Titania - Bottom and Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Canellita- The interesting part of A Midsummer Night's Dream is that it is one play that is set in two lands; one ethereal and one real. The land of Oberon is mysterious, hidden in myst, and beyond the reach of humans. And yet the land of Oberon has a direct effect on the land of the humans. One of the best versions I've seen is the one done with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline. Namaste-Anora
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
5 May 11
Michelle Pfirffer and Kevin Kline? How did I miss that?
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
14 May 09
To be honest I think the only plays from him I have read is Romeo and Juliet and some of hamlet. It may have been all of Hamlet but I don't rightly remember. I think that his plays has left a mark on the theater world but as I'm not into theater of any kind I can't say how big of a mark I felt he's left. I do think though that his Romeo and Juliet play is both romantic and tragic and really is a love story for history. It's so great and has been talked about, done and done again so many times.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 May 09
Thanks for your response. I enjoyed reading it.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
18 May 09
Actually can I say it was a bit of hamlet I believe and all of macbeth. My fiance and I fixing spaghetti last night made us think of "double double" and then I asked him where it came from, lol, so it was Macbeth! Sorry about that but hope you enjoy this response as well! Have a wonderful day, but might I add that just thanking me for the response with such a short line is against guidelines?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
21 Mar 09
i have never seen a play in my life. sorry.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
2 Apr 09
No need to apologize. I'm sure that you're not the only person, who hasn't seen a Shakespearean play.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
3 Apr 09
thanks, i'm sure i'm not. to tell u the truth i have no desire to see one. hated to read about him when i was in school.
@hexeduser22 (5856)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
The Merchant of Venice and Midsummer Nights Dream is the best for me. I find Romeo and Juliet not that special but it is also one of the good ones
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
26 Oct 09
Fair enough. Thanks for responding.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
4 Apr 09
thanks so much for best response, I really do appreciate it.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Apr 09
You are most welcome. It's my pleasure.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
3 Apr 09
He touched our hearts with many. I have a great respect for all his work but at the same time..I think he was a troubled man. It gave him his edge though. I like them all.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Apr 09
There are a lot of good plays to chose from, isn't there?
• India
21 Mar 09
I like 2 plays very much. They are Othello and Hamlet.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
25 Mar 09
Why are they your favorites, may I ask?
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
21 Mar 09
there is no question about it. He is the greatest playwright in the world of all time. I guess Romeo and Juliette is my favorite, it is the story of forbidden love, first love, true love and its dangerous consequences. It also the greatest love story of all time.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Apr 09
I agree that he is the greatest playwirght, if not one of the greatest. You make a good argument for the play Romeo and Juliet.
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
I like the "Midsummer Nights Dream" I don't like "Romeo and Juliet" as it was a wtragic love story
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Apr 09
Those really are two good plays. I enjoyed them as well.
@1989622 (68)
• China
21 Mar 09
Hi even I am an chinese ,I have seen several plays of him .And I think he is really a great master . I can still remember some lines like 'to be or not to be that's a problem','Romeo Rome deny your father and refuse your name' I have aslo saw some firlms like 'Romeo and Juliet''Harmlet''A Midsummer Night's Dream'.I think he let us know what's in people' deep heart and the complex affection.I like them all and 'Harmlet'the most.I can'nt understand them all even now , I think it need to be thinked for lifelong.
@dodo19 (27793)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
25 Mar 09
You have a good memory for quotes, especially putting them into the english language.
@KrauseHome (33267)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Personally for me, my most Favorite one will always be Romeo and Juliette. I also enjoy Hamlet and some of his other works as well. When it comes to someone of this style with his Plays, his books, etc. I think you cannot go wrong for sure.
• United States
18 Jan 11
Titus Andronicus is by far my favorite. It is full of very dynamic and three dimensional characters. I also truly admire that Titus is able to put an end to everyone who betrayed him at the end of the play, and seek justice for his family. I cannot say that I have a least favorite play but perhaps have years of teaching there are those that simply become so second nature that one needs a change. I think what I admire about Shakespeare is that though he wrote politically for his time period his plays speak for any time period and generation. He was able to write in such a fashion that any era could perform his plays and speak to the same matters of country and heart. I'm not sure I can truly find another play write who has been able to do this. Namaste-Anora
31 Dec 10
HAMLET is a favourite, as it's his most philosophical play....which answers the question:"What would happen if a Philosopher-King (as advocated by Plato )was actually on the English throne in the early 17th century?" Answer: He would be so taken up with thinking about how to act, that he would totally lose that capability. I also love OTHELLO ...the plot has the most marvellous construction...and most of his tragedies are similarly moving. Least favourite? Some of those early 1590's comedies are rather boring, but never poor: THE 2 Gentlemen of Verona etc...all the plots are similar and 'Englished up' directly from the Italian originals.AS YOU LIKE IT is the best of the comedies...and I love his sonnets.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
30 Dec 10
Julius Caesar was my favorite one of the entire thing. We actually got to act out parts of it for a literature class in high school, so it was rather cool all things considered. I am a fan of history so it was the greatest. I'm not much of a Shakespeare person, therefore I haven't read too much but it is not the worst literature in the world. It just seems a bit dated, but really not too bad.
• United States
19 Oct 09
My all time favorite is Hamlet. Believe or not I have five different versions on tape and/or DvD!I love a good revenge story. My least favorite is Macbeth. It Really irks me.I hate the plot. If a witch tells you your future , then why not ask her How everythig is to come out!
@Darkwing (21590)
25 Mar 09
That's true... William Shakespeare was a revered playwright. In fact, in England, we have to study his works in English at school. I've also been to Stratford-on-Avon, to see his cottage and the place he lived. I suppose my real favourite is The Merry Wives of Windsor, because it included Herne the Hunter, and relates to his Windsor legend, but he never wrote a bad play, so it's difficult to choose just one. Brightest Blessings.