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Kate has a wicked tongue, and doesn't shy from attacks. Maybe the way to woo her is to beat her at her own game. Her little sister, Bianca, seems much more demure. And their father has an eye for the richest suitors. Courtship and conflict go hand-in-hand. Key characters: Kate, Petruchio, Bianca ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
Sadistic and self-aware, blood-thirsty and witty, Richard is no stranger to lies, slander, and murder. How many survivors will trust a tyrant? And what will a tyrant do to stay on the throne? Key characters: Richard, Queen Margaret, Clarence. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
A "problem" play packed with power and passion. The lenient Duke of Vienna surrenders control to the harsh Angelo, who orders the death of Claudio, an alleged adulterer. When Claudio's sister Isabella intercedes, Angelo's lust for her percolates, and it's up to the Duke, never far from the scene, to measure mercy and justice. Key characters: the Duke, Isabella, Angelo. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
Fairies are afoot in a midnight wood where the nobility scampers and sleeps. Wedded bliss is in the air, but so is Puck, whose spells sting and subdue, to his delight. The rustics are there, too, especially Bottom, who cavorts with the Fairy Queen. There's a play in the dream, and a dream at play. Key characters: Puck, Bottom, Helena ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
Authentic, graphic descriptions of female adolescence. Gatwood's rich evocations of trips, trysts, and traps reveal uncertainty and bewilderment shading into purpose and clarity, the poems themselves becoming odes. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare