It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?

Judging by the songs available on YouTube, the Broadway musical Something Rotten strikes an interesting balance between propagating familiar pop-cultural myths about the early modern period and unpicking some of those assumptions through playful anachronism. The opening number, for example, welcomes us to ‘the Renaissance/Where everything is new’: far from a transitional period still processing and remaking its … More It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?

Nell Gwynn, John Dryden, and the Restoration of Theatrical History

Does anybody care what I want to write? — John Dryden No! — The rest of the King’s Company Hooray for Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn, now playing at the Globe. As well as being a sprightly, engaging feminist reclamation of Restoration theatre history, it’s also the only play I’ve ever encountered where all roads of narrative fulfilment … More Nell Gwynn, John Dryden, and the Restoration of Theatrical History

‘Did You Miss Me?’: The Secret of Mystery Show

This article originally appeared at The Timbre, a journal dedicated to podcasting. DID YOU MISS ME?: THE SECRET OF MYSTERY SHOW In Gimlet’s Mystery Show, Starlee Kine investigates the cold cases of everyday life. Each episode seesThis American Life alumna Kine take on an unsolved mystery which has been bugging her clients for months, even years. … More ‘Did You Miss Me?’: The Secret of Mystery Show

Richman, O’Hara, and the aesthetics of the upbeat

This post originally appeared on The Missing Slate.   ‘and in a sense we’re all winning we’re alive’ – Frank O’Hara, Steps   Does anyone find it easy to admit they’re happy? In real life, maybe – but in art, avowals of optimism are a rare step, and a bold one. There’s always the threat that a … More Richman, O’Hara, and the aesthetics of the upbeat