This is my final Shakespeare Mini Reviews post, which means I HAVE READ ALL OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS! That’s right, I am done and it feels oh so good. Don’t worry, I am working on an upcoming post ranking all of the plays, because I am fully aware most of you are not crazy enough to attempt to read them all (don’t worry, you’re not missing much), and it’s been requested several times. But, for today, I’m just discussing the final four plays I read.
The Comedy of Errors
I’m not quite sure why, but I was so sure I was going to love this one. Probably because I’d heard of it before I started this whole thing. But, to be quite honest, it didn’t stand out among the other comedies. I think I would have liked it more had I read it earlier, but it just felt like a different version of the same thing. Which, at this point, is basically all the comedies.
Again, this was just okay. It doesn’t stand out much in my mind, which is disappointing because the tragedies have overall been my favorites. It’s adapted from one of the stories in The Decameron, and I’m curious to see if I’d enjoy that more (I’ll try to tackle some Medieval Lit now that I’m done with Shakespeare). If you’ve read Othello, you’re not missing much here. And if you haven’t just read that instead. Not bad, but also not great.
Timon of Athens
This is basically a parable on why money is the root of all evil. Which I can’t argue with. It’s also a lesson on knowing who your true friends are (hint: you don’t gain them by buying them things). I actually liked this one more than I was expecting. It’s entirely possible it’s because I could identify with the main character hating all of mankind. Which is fair.
As You Like It
I was pretty familiar with this one going in thanks to the Kenneth Branagh adaptation starring Bryce Dallas Howard – that’s right, she played the cross-dressing Rosalind before she was ever friends with dinosaurs (and Chris Pratt). The cross-dressing comedies are always fun, and this one is no exception. My takeaway: I just need to pose as a man to train a guy to be a good husband and convince him to love me. That’s how it works, right?
Since I’m done reading all of Shakespeare’s plays, I have none left for you to suggest I read, but you can keep an eye out for my Shakespeare play rank list, which will be up just in time for the Bard’s 455th birthday! (Yes, I am a huge nerd, but the timing just worked out so well!)
P.S. There ARE more than 28 plays, but I only reviewed the ones I read after the start of this project.