It’s time for another Shakespeare review post! I’ve was a bit overambitious this year, and have actually read six plays since my last review. But since I only have two left total, I’ll save two of them for my final review (so four now, and four later). Today’s batch is all three- and four-star reads, nothing bad, but nothing really amazing, either.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
This was a pretty good play. Not a favorite, but still entertaining. It reminded me quite a bit of As You Like It, which I haven’t read yet, but am still pretty familiar with. To be honest, the comedies are starting to blend together in my head at this point, so I don’t have too much to say about this one. If I had to pick a few comedies out of the list to recommend, this probably wouldn’t be one of them, but it was still fun to read.
The Two Noble Kinsmen
This one seemed like it was written for some sort of celebration – artists like Shakespeare and da Vinci were often hired to provide productions for entertainment. It was a mash-up of at least six other plays, so it didn’t feel like anything new to me. I keep wondering if I’d feel differently about the plays if I’d read them all in a different order. I think this one might be fun to see performed live, but it wasn’t particularly memorable.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
I had absolutely no idea what this play was about going in. And, not gonna lie, I still kind of don’t. It’s the third comedy on this list, and it just didn’t stand out. The writing was good, but the story wasn’t anything special, especially since I’ve now read all of the comedies except one.
Troilus and Cressida
Another play I knew very little about before reading it, but this one I actually enjoyed! In an unexpected trend, I think it’s safe to say I ended up liking the tragedies best overall. This one had the added bonus of being set in Troy during the Trojan War. I didn’t love it, but it’s definitely my favorite play of 2019 so far (I’m holding out hope for As You Like It).
Check out my list to see which plays I’ve read so far, and which ones are left on my list (A Comedy of Errors and Cymbeline will make it into my next review post).
What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? And which one do you think is going to come out on top as my favorite? Let me know in the comments!