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Winter’s Angels

I’ve written about ballet on the blog before, and about my reticence to speak about a subject that I feel unqualified to speak to in any great detail. But I’ve made a commitment to worry less and write more, especially on the blog. I also have a larger writing project planned which will require me […]

Accepting Submissions for Brief Candle 4!

We’re just getting started on the fourth issue of our Shakespeare zine, Brief Candle. If you are interested in writing something, please use our contact form to get in touch. We welcome submissions on all topics, from all perspectives, from people of all backgrounds. The only exception to this is any nonsense related to the […]

Book review: Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Tempest

Margaret Atwood needs no introduction. Nothing one reviewer can say — even if they were a highly influential reviewer — can tarnish her reputation as a great writer. But Hag-Seed, her version of The Tempest written at the behest of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of retellings, is not a great novel. Compared to Anne Tyler’s Vinegar […]

Queen Lear on the Canadian Stage

There are few things more unpleasant to watch than a director who thinks he or she is going to “fix” Shakespeare. Canadian Stage’s production of King Lear demonstrates all the pitfalls of thinking that you know better than the Bard. Director Alistair Newton displays a rare degree of arrogance, playing so fast and loose with […]