Review: The Winter’s Tale

Although it is The Tempest that is generally regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest late Romance play, I have always preferred The Winter’s Tale. There is something much stranger about the latter play, with its opaque commentary on the human condition. There is something more mysterious and enigmatic about its characters and what, through them, Shakespeare is trying to say about the human condition.  Give me the erratic, brooding Leontes over the pompous and prosaic Prospero any day!

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Review: The Trial

“I thought this was a democracy!” bemoans Josef K to his captors early on in Philip Glass’ operatic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s famous novel about a man arrested and placed on trial for apparently no reason. Given current world events, there is a noticeable collective take-in of breath by the audience when these lines are sung by baritone Nicholas Lester.

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Review: The Burrow by Franz Kafka

For most of his adult life, Franz Kafka appeared to have a double existence. During the day he worked for an insurance company, sorting his way through claims, while his nights were also spent behind a desk, but this time writing stories, mainly short ones, sometimes very short ones – four or five sentences – until the early hours.

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