Reviews by Tag: play

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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
May 13, 2024

Summary: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that revolves around the conspiracy to assassinate the Roman dictator Julius Caesar. The play follows the manipulation and betrayal by key figures, including Brutus, Cassius, and Antony, as they grapple with loyalty, ambition, and power. Brutus, torn between his friendship with Caesar and his concern for Rome's welfare, ultimately joins the conspiracy led by Cassius.

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 14, 2024

This play by Shakespeare is a drama that views the destiny of Macbeth as he slowly marches into a pit of chaos. The play begins with three witches foretelling some of Macbeth’s fate. Realizing and worrying about his future, he becomes irritable, cautious, and destructive to those he perceives as threatening his bright future as a leader. He kills many to reach this goal, eventually being killed himself for such ambitions. 

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The Crucible

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
TeenReviewer11
Apr 13, 2024

The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. This play occurs in Salem, Massachusetts, as suspicions rise of witchcraft. John Proctor, one of the main characters, created false accusations of Abigail (a teen) partaking in witchcraft. This leads to a string of accusations that causes hysteria in the entire town. These accusations find their way to court, where false “evidence” and faulty claims overpower the truth that few dare to speak out loud. 

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King Lear book cover

King Lear

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Apr 12, 2024

King Lear is a tragic play by William Shakespeare that explores themes of power, family, and madness. The story revolves around King Lear's decision to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, based on their flattery of him. Cordelia's refusal to indulge in false praise leads to Lear disowning her and ultimately descending into madness as he faces betrayal from his other daughters and loses his grip on power.

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Neil
Mar 8, 2024

Romeo and Juliet is a popular play written by Shakespeare. In this story set in medieval Italy, there are two families in the city of Verona who have a long enmity between them, the Montagues and the Capulets. However, one day, Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, see each other and instantly fall in love. They marry in secret and plan to secretly meet each other without their parents ever knowing, as if they did they would punish them.

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Jan 26, 2024

Summary: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is a comedic play that revolves around themes of love, mistaken identity, and disguise. The story begins with a shipwreck that separates twins Viola and Sebastian. Viola, thinking her brother is dead, disguises herself as a man named Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino sends Cesario to woo the Lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with Cesario instead. Meanwhile, Viola, disguised as Cesario, falls in love with Orsino.

Teen Review
Romeo and Juliet, No Fear version book cover

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anna S.
Jan 19, 2024

Romeo and Juliet, a classic for the ages. The “pair of star-crossed lovers” fall in love, but unfortunately their families are enemies. The lovers immediately want to get married after meeting, and they plan to get married the morning after they meet. The marriage does happen, but not without challenges happening before and after the wedding. In this classic, there are many instances of bad judgment, leading to the Shakespearean tragedy ending that we know.

Teen Review
Othello

Othello

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Dec 12, 2023

Summary: Othello by William Shakespeare is a tragic book/play that revolves around the central character, Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army. Othello falls deeply in love with and marries Desdemona, a Venetian woman. However, Iago, Othello's ensign, harbors jealousy and resentment towards Othello, leading him to manipulate the general into believing that Desdemona has been unfaithful.

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