“Sweat” at the Lyceum Theatre

Sweat by Lynn Nottage is something of a very-recent-history play about what the author calls “the de-industrial revolution,” a time at the turn of the 21st century when American factories closed down and blue-collar workers…

“Heathers” as a History Play

I took my teenage son to see Heathers at San Diego City College’s Saville Theatre. He knows the story – we’ve seen it before – and loves the music. It was a great show, exploring…

Academia here I come?

In an abundance of enthusiasm, I have set myself up for what could be a busy few months of classes! Thankfully, two of them are online: a FutureLearn course on the Tudors and a San…

Book-Off, Turn On, Tune In

I’m enrolled in an online Study of Filmed Plays class coming up this Spring at City College. It’s a for-credit course, and it’s the first real college class I’ve taken since, well, college, so I’m…

Amazon’s $5 off $20 book deal

Amazon extended its Cyber Monday book promotion for nearly a week, and I have many books on my Amazon wishlist. So it should have been easy. But, I spent most of the week dithering, overwhelmed…

Bargain Shakespeare From eBay

A couple weeks ago, eBay offered a rare site-wide 20% off coupon. So, I shopped for Shakespeare. I was hoping for a Norton Third Edition in four volumes, but instead filled my cart with used…

History vs. History Plays

How many people, I wonder, become interested in history through history plays, films, novels, or TV shows? My older son, who was an avid Hamilton fan years before the show came to town, credits his…

The Importance of Being Exton

I’ve seen a half-dozen productions of Richard II both live and (mostly) on DVD, and in most the knight Piers Exton, Richard’s killer, is swapped out for or combined with another character, most often Aumerle….