Season One of Slings & Arrows dealt with a production of Hamlet. The second season of Slings & Arrows takes on the dreaded Macbeth. Along the way the characters face issues as diverse as love, death, middle age and tax audits.
What can I tell you? It’s smart. It’s funny. I enjoyed it immensely.
“There would have been a time for such a word. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Check out this fascinating YouTube video showing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle talking about how he came up with the idea for Sherlock Holmes.
Learn more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – This is our partner site on the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While I enjoy Sherlock Holmes, there’s a lot more to Conan Doyle than his most famous creation.
I had heard of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before. To be honest, I didn’t really pay that much attention. A rewrite of the Pride and Prejudice with Zombies? I filed in my brain the same place as the ghost of Elvis and Big Foot. Then I read the reviews.
Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-. It made it to the top ten of the New York Times bestseller list. The A.V. club states, “Grahame-Smith’s amendments add some interest, pathos, and essential motivation to Austen’s subplots.”
This one could be worth a read. In the meantime, if you want Zombie-free Jane Austen:
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
One evening I was looking through the TV comedies section of Netflix and I found this gem. The first season of Slings & Arrows focuses on a production of Hamlet by a Shakespearean theater troupe. There are artistic differences, personal issues, romantic problems, corporate drama and, last but not least, a ghost.
“To be, or not to be,–that is the question:–whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?” ~ Hamlet by William Shakespeare