It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but that doesn’t mean I stopped reading Shakespeare plays every month. I actually have five plays to review today, but I combined three of them because they’re different parts of the same tetralogy.
Here are the most recent Shakespeare plays I read:
Henry VI, Parts I, II, & III
These were all solid three-star reads for me. They were my final histories, but they weren’t my favorites. I’ve come to the conclusion that I enjoy the standalone histories a bit more. I thought these were just okay. This story wasn’t quite as engaging as some of the other histories (like Richard III). Not bad, but if you’re only going to read a few of Shakespeare’s plays, these would not be at the top of my list.
Measure for Measure
This one was interesting, but, again, not a favorite. I think I’ve gotten to the point where a lot of Shakespeare’s comedies feel pretty similar. This reminded me quite a bit of Twelfth Night (which I liked a lot more), with a good helping of The Canterbury Tales tossed in. It felt like the kind of raunchy comedy that would get a lot of laughs in the 1500s.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Unfortunately, I enjoyed this one even less. This felt even more like a mash-up of a few other comedies, all of which seemed more interesting. This was written on short notice for a court celebration, and I think it showed. Don’t get me wrong, I still like Shakespeare where I can get it, and I do think this would be entertaining to see performed, but it felt less developed than most of the other comedies I’ve read so far.
That’s it for this round! Unfortunately, I didn’t love any of these, but I’m glad I crossed them off my list. I only have eight plays left, so I think I’m going to divide them into two Shakespeare Mini Review posts.
I’m saving As You Like It for last, because I have a feeling it’s going to be my favorite of the ones I have left, but I am taking suggestions for what to read next! Check out my list to see which plays I still need to read, and let me know which one I should read next!