Shakespeares Soliloquies

DVD Release: September 7, 2004
Shakespeares Soliloquies
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Synopsis

Imagine having written thirty-eight plays; being an actor who became the most popular playwright of his time, and who’s legacy was to become the most enduring playwright of all time. Imagine writing some four hundred years ago, and having us stand here in a theatre today still exploring, enjoying, and marveling at those golden words. Join our troupe of actors in various stages of rehearsal, presenting some of the bard’s most poignant speeches that have earned their illustrious place in the history of the theatre, and in all of literature.

Dove Review

“Shakespeare’s Soliloquies” is a wonderful presentation and is an award winner to boot! Awards include a Parents’ Guide and Silver Telly honors. Actors give us some of Shakespeare’s best lines including, “All the world’s a stage,” “All that glitters is not gold,” “To be or not to be, that is the question,” and “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” Many viewers will be amazed at how many of his quotations are used every day.

The presentation begins with a recitation from “Hamlet” and then the definition of what a soliloquy is: “talking to one’s self” and “a dramatic monologue.” The actors present monologues and quotes from “As You Like It,” “Hamlet,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Richard lll,” “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as a few others. Shakespeare touches on all human emotions including pain, confusion and bliss. Filmed at Santa Paula Theatre Center in California, the very competent actors are David Allen, Jeannine Marquie Reyes, Erin Warden, Mark Warden, Mark Andrew Reyes, David Ralphe and Brett Taylor.

Thanks to the numerous recognizable quotes used, this makes for a delightful viewing experience as well as a good educational tool to introduce both youth and adults to Shakespeare, or to remind Shakespeare lovers why they enjoy him so much. The topics include death, thoughts of suicide and love, so we are awarding our Dove 12+ Seal to this video. If all the world is truly a stage, enjoy this stage and these actors! This is a worthy viewing experience.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: G/OG-3; H (as a Biblical place)-2.
Violence: Mention of Hamlet's father being murdered; mention of a man with a dagger.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Sophisticated topics such as death, contemplation of suicide; tension between characters as told in stories.

Info

Company: Monterey Media
Director: Scott Mansfield
Genre: Classic
Runtime: 40 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter