Who Cares Who Wrote Shakespeare?

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At Guernica, Tana Wojczuk shares her personal story of seeing Shakespeare performed as a child and her eventual realization and understanding of Shakespeare’s humor, and defends the importance of seeing Shakespeare’s works on stage:

This is one of the reasons it was important to see Shakespeare performed, and not just to read him. Many of Shakespeare’s jokes seem obscure today; they rely on topical information, or their sexual innuendo relies on bawdy puns that use words no longer circulating in our slang… Shakespeare’s plays are so full of wit that the laughter sometimes bubbles up around the theater like a hidden springs, first in one mouth, and then in another.


Olivia Wetzel is a student taking time off to live and work in San Francisco. If she could be any animal, she’d be a penguin. She’s never eaten pepperoni before, and one of her feet is a whole size bigger than the other. More from this author →