Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Measure for Measure

Sorry about the delay everyone. We both have part time jobs that make it difficult to find a time to work together, and we had to scrap an episode that didn't work, and we got discouraged about the whole process, but here's a new episode!

Measure for Measure is about justice, and how law and justice can be opposed. Particularly, it's about how laws about sexual conduct aren't followed, so this one isn't for kids. 


  1. Great to have you guys back! I could barely believe it when iTunes started downloading the episode.

    Measure For Measure certainly sounds pretty crazy. Will definitely need to read or watch it.

  2. waiting for months for an episode is still infinitely easier for me than actually going out and studying each play myself. Good to have you back.
    P.S. love Geoff's wisecracks.

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  4. Yay, you guys are back :)
    Would you mind checking out my Shakespeare-themed blog?
    Thank you, and keep them coming!

  5. Glad you're back... I fully understand on the time issue, but.. your podcasts are GREAT! Keep up the good work.

  6. YES!! I had almost given up on you! Made my day :)

  7. Also you guys are great

  8. Big fan! Glad you're back

  9. Awesome! Glad you guys are back.

  10. Oh, I'd just about given up on ever hearing your wonderful podcasts again! Thank you for taking the time and effort to put together "Measure for Measure". I don't think any apology for content was necessary - one of the reasons I love your podcasts is that you keep it light and accessible. M4M I've only ever seen on the BBC TV version, and it's a very difficult play to like; for all the reasons you mention: the totality of unsympathetic characters; the odd, somewhat unhinged motivations of the Duke; and the 'doesn't really work on any level' "happy" ending, which feels more like wholesale punishments than reprieves.

    I'm currently reading Tony Tanner's wonderful "Prefaces To Shakespeare" (which I recommend), and he calls it "a worryingly claustrophobic play" and I agree, but, that said, I would love to see someone like Trevor Nunn or Kenneth Branaugh try to make M4M a true "comedy" onstage, and see what happens - I suspect that there is some Elizabethan or Jacobean concepts that don't translate well to modern audiences which made this funnier than it now appears.

    As for your next project - here's one I can't believe you haven't tackled yet - The Taming of the Shrew - want to wrap your heads around this one? One of his funniest - and yet most difficult plays to stage for modern audiences.

    And on a personal note, I've made several Power Point presentations for the students at my school on Shakespeare - check 'em out if you like!

  11. So glad you're back, guys!! Thanks for the new episodes.