10 Shakespeare Plays Every Thespian Should Read

10 Shakespeare Plays Every Thespian Should Read

To read or not to read? It's not even a question.


Shakespeare was the greatest writer in the English language who ever lived. Lucky for every theatre kid out there, he dealt mainly in our language: plays.

If you know you should be reading Shakespeare, but don't know where to start, you should pick up one of these ten plays.

1. Hamlet


Known by many as Shakespeare's greatest play, Hamlet is chock full of kings, ghosts, soliloquies, tragic love stories, madness, sword fighting, and everything else Shakespeare is known for.

2. As You Like It


As You Like It features one of Shakespeare's most empowered heroines in Rosalind, who pulls the various strings of the play until the correct characters are in love with each other.

3. King Lear


Although King Lear seems intimidating in scope, it is absolutely worth the read (better yet, the watch, if you can find a performance). It an epic and heartbreaking story of the disintegration of a king, family, and country.

4. Julius Caesar


I didn't like Julius Caesar upon the first read, but this is one that grows on you. The deeper you dive the more you understand the kind of moral complexities Julius Caesar raises.

5. Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet may be the most popular, the most scorned, the most cliche, and the most eyeroll-inducing play. At least, to those who haven't read it. Sure, Romeo is annoying, but there's a reason this play has endured so long in the capacity it has. It contains some of the finest writing and purest tragedy in all of Shakespeare's works.

6. Much Ado About Nothing


If you've never read Shakespeare before, Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect place to start. Its writing is more easily understandable than much of Shakespeare's verse, it's hilarious, and it has the perfect happy ending.

7. The Tempest


The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's rare romances--a play that can't fit into any of the tragical, comical, or historical categories most of his works do. The Tempest has a unique sparse and yet fantastical environment, and its strong characters give the audience a special way to imagine everything else.

8. Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night is an absolute joy. It has the best cross-dressing-induced chaos of any comedy--no character is spared from the madness.

9. Richard III


Although I don't care for Shakespeare's histories as much as I do his other works, every well-read thespian needs to read Richard III. As far as the histories go, it's one of the best out there.

10. Macbeth


Macbeth is deliciously wicked, a sit-forward-in-your-chair horror story of the downfall of one ruler. It's practically Biblical in its scope.

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7 Themed Bars Around To World That The International Boozehound Should Hound Down

From a creatively decorated bicycle bar to a Christmas wonderland in Florida.


We all love counting down the days to the weekend and knowing that we get to end up at our favorite bars soon enough. We love our go-to bars, it's our fun comfort zones, but have you ever wanted more?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy your whiskey and coke at a bar full of mustached men or a bar where you can drink just like Ernest Hemingway?

You probably haven't, but hey, now you can with these unique bars around the world.

1. Ninja Alaska (Tokyo, Japan)

Ninja Alaska is a ninja-themed bar that employs waiters that will make you jump out of your skin with their stealthy and smooth moves. Along with the ninja waiter performances while they serve your drinks; this bar also includes secret passageways and hidden doorways.

2. Storm Crow Tavern (Vancouver, Canada)

Nerds, this is finally your time to shine at Storm Crow Tavern. This bar is best-suited for any Games of Thrones, Star Trek, and Star Wars fans and even provides board games such as "Risk" and "Runebound" for you to enjoy.

3. BallieBallerson (London, England)

I'm sure as a kid you always got a kick out of jumping in the ball pits, but did you think that you would ever get the chance to be drunk and jump into one? At BallieBallerson, you can be a kid while also enjoy adult beverages with their massive ball pits along with shoving spaghetti and meatballs in your mouth as well.

4. Bicicleta (Bucharest, Romania)

Don't worry about driving your car to Bicicleta, because this bar is all about bikes from the walls to the tables. This interesting bar turns old bike parts into creative décor which includes seat stools, bike handle coat racks, and bike pedal foot-rests.

5. Hemingway's Lounge (Los Angeles, California)

Hemingway's Lounge, a bar is fit for any die-hard Ernest Hemingway fan. This lounge makes you drinks that would most likely be in Hemingway's hands today if he was still alive. They have a house rum called "Papa's Pilar Rum," and cocktails that are named after some of Hemingway's greatest work such as "The Old Man & the Sea," and the "Moveable Feast."

6. Handle Bar (Austin, Texas)

Handle Bar, the name of the bar says it all. Calling all mustache lovers and wearers, we have a place for you. Come hang out with mustaches of all-kind and flaunt your own. Enjoy drinks that, after great mustached men such as Alex Trebek, Daniel Day, and Lewis and Ned Flanders.

7. Frosty's (Orlando, Florida) 

At Frosty's, you can now sip on your eggnog in July if you wanted to, and not feel any shame about it because of the beloved Christmas-themed bar in Orlando, Florida. Have a happy "holiday" by admiring Christmas lights, nutcrackers, and a Yule Log whenever you want at this joyful bar.

After finding out about all of these bars, I now have to experience them all for myself and get away from my "normal" bar, and hopefully, you will too.

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Having A Unique Relationship With Your Roommate Isn't Bad, It Can Actually Be Quite Great

Some people are always talking to their roommate hanging out all the time, but mine might be different.


College is the land of the jungle and one of the best ways to get through is to have some friends. Usually, your first friend is probably your roommate and that is totally understandable but my first friend wasn't my roommate and honestly had a different way of getting to know him.

When I was going through out housing portal to find a roommate I really didn't know what i was doing. Should I message him? Should I try to meet him beforehand? I didn't do either. I saw the first name and went from there, for all i knew he could've been completely insane but, he wasn't thankfully.

Moved in and it was all good and we still didn't talk to each other on move in day, I know that sounds crazy but we didn't say a word to each other. It was weird that I would have to share this tiny cramped space with someone that I haven't even talked to yet. But, hey at some point i knew we would. to be honest, my mom was the first one to talk to him and they actually had a lot on common. they both grew up in the same neighborhood, crazy.

We finally talked to each other after about three weeks of going here and living with each other. We got to know each other a lot and we actually had a lot in common, we must've talked for 2 to 3 hours about random stuff, but it was so much fun. Then after that we didn't talk again for like another 3 or 4 days. Honestly, that is completely fine with me. We both understood how busy our lives would be since we are taking so many classes, studying, being with friends, and working.

I'm going to be honest, we don't talk to each other everyday, hang out and go to eat together, go to parties, or hell even play video games together. We share the space and we stay cool with each other. We make sure everything works in the room and we maintain the relationship of that we make it through the year without problems. I think both us don't expect much since we are guys and that can be an easy thing to handle.

But, through all of that I gladly call my roommate my friend. He's a guy that I can go to for advice on relationships, talk to about nerdy stuff that I know others couldn't relate to, and also be cool with that we won't talk every single day or hang out a bunch. It is different, but it's that good different that makes you step out of the comfort zone a bit. Someday he will read this and I hope he has embraced our time and sees me as a friend as well. Because I know he's a great guy and a great friend, maybe he doesn't right now but maybe over time we will be great friends.

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