Reviews by Tag: play

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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.

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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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The Crucible

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Dec 10, 2023

The Crucible describes the town of Salem at a time when witchcraft was considered dangerous and was heavily feared by nearly all. Anyone suspected of witchcraft would face execution without much resistance. The story follows a multitude of characters, with a certain focus being on Abigail Williams. Abigail is a girl who was caught dancing in the night in a forest with other girls by a different member of Salem.

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Dec 10, 2023

The play by Hansberry considers the life of a household as they attempt to live an ideal life. The family faces discrimination and unfair treatment due to them being African Americans. Nonetheless, they aspire towards moving out of their current apartment and living in their own home. The family runs into trouble when Walter Lee Younger and his mother have a conflict of interest on whether they should buy a house with the money they have or attempt to begin a business opportunity. 

Teen Review
Othello

Othello

By William Shakespeare

Rated by
Anonymous
Sep 29, 2023

Othello is a Shakespearean play that is set in Cyprus. The play is about a tragedy where Othello, the protagonist through manipulation by the story’s antagonist, Iago, kills his wife. For some context, Iago is Othello’s assistant and vows to seek revenge against Othello after being passed up for a promotion. He does this by spreading rumors and lies that Othello’s wife, Desdemona is being unfaithful. This jealousy breaks Othello where he finally kills Desdemona, then himself.

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12 Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men

By Reginald Rose
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Mar 19, 2023

An encapsulating journey that presents the dynamics of 12 men as they attempt to prove a boy “guilty” or “not guilty” for the charge of murder. All jurors must unanimously agree on whether or not the boy is responsible for the crime. Some vote based on “undeniable proof,” some on preconceived notions, and others for no certain reason. Reasonable doubt can change it all. It is captivating and intriguing to watch 12 jurors as they attempt to convince one another of the suspect’s guilt or innocence using systematic logic, or less substantial matters.

Teen Review
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Feb 22, 2023

In the play-write A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry describes the resulting conflicts
in a poor African American family, the Youngers, who suddenly acquire a large sum of money:
10,000 dollars in life insurance from their father's death. Within the Younger family household,
we have Lena younger, her two adult children Beneatha and Walter, Walter's wife Ruth, and her
and Walter's child, Travis. Together they are staying in a small two-bedroom apartment that

Teen Review
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Isabel P.
Jul 2, 2022

One of the classic romantic plays that everyone knows about, even if they haven’t read it yet, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a lyrically written tragedy that revolves around two forbidden lovers whose families despise each other. You read about how Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet find desperate ways to allow them to be together, even though they aren’t supposed to. I wasn’t disappointed by this classic tragedy written by William Shakespeare.

Teen Review
Henry V by William Shakespeare

Henry V

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Nihanth D.
Jun 17, 2022

When life gives you tennis balls, turn them into cannonballs! “Henry V” is written by William Shakespeare and is one of the greatest works of patriotism ever. The star of the story is a young and rowdy man who was most known at the time as Harry. Harry finds himself as the king of England after his father, Henry IV, dies. After a few bitter civil wars, the people of England are restless and dissatisfied, and Harry needs to prove to his people that he is worthy.

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