Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 2 (part 2)

More tent scene! When we last left our anti-heroes, they were busy squabbling.


If you're wondering who that guy is who interrupts Brutus and Cassius's hug-it-out session, it's "Poet", not to be confused with "Cinna the Poet", and also not to be confused with "Character Who Is Remotely Relevant".

"Poet" is apparently based on Marcus Favonius, a philosopher and senator whom Plutarch credits for helping heal the rift between Brutus and Cassius... which would be fine, except that in Shakespeare's play, he enters after Brutus and Cassius have reconciled, making him totally irrelevant and, unsurprisingly, often cut from productions. I don't think I've ever seen "Poet" on stage. 

Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 1

OK, Caesar has been assassinated, speeches have been made, the citizens of Rome have been riled, the conspirators have run away, and poets have been dismembered. Let's see how Antony and his new buddies Octavius and the other guy are doing...


This is Lepidus's only appearance in Julius Caesar. He gets a little more stage time in Antony & Cleopatra, but the glaring fact of the matter is that nobody really cares about Lepidus, despite him ostensibly being one third of the Second Triumvirate.

Poor old Lepidus.

Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 3

When we last left Julius Caesar, Mark Antony had just used the power of judiciously-applied over-the-top rhetoric to mobilize a mob of murderous citizens bent on revenge. Let's see how that goes!


Poor old Cinna.

The RSC commissioned Tim Crouch to write a series of short solo plays highlighting some of Shakespeare's minor characters, including I, Cinna (the Poet)a video of which is available to watch online. I haven't actually watched it yet because I don't need that kind of angst in my life right now, but you should give it a look!

Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2 (part 4)

OK! Enough holiday shenanigans. Let's get back to Julius Caesar. If you remember, when we last left Antony, he was in the midst of making the speech of his life, having just exposed the bleeding body of Caesar to the extremely easily persuaded mob. 


Apparently Caesar's gift to Rome's citizens was indeed part of his will. However, in this scene it almost seems as if Antony has made it up himself in order to further whip the citizens into a frenzy. I wouldn't put it past him, the smooth talker....

Shakespearean New Year's Resolutions, part 5

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's time for another round of Shakespearean New Year's Resolutions! 


Here are some resolutions from past years:


And I just realized that this is going to be my FIFTH YEAR drawing Good Tickle Brain! I started back in September of 2013. That's crazy. Thanks for sticking with me through another year of Shakespearean silliness. Here's to many more! 

Shakespearean Christmas Carols, part 4

The holidays are upon us! Celebrate by substituting the words to your favorite carols with these decidedly more Shakespearean verses:


Be sure to check out my other Shakespearean Christmas Carols: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

I'm taking the next week off, but look forward to being back here with you as we stagger into 2018 together! Happy holiday(s) of your choosing!