out of 5
Review by Bernard
This is considered one of Shakespeare's great plays. As always, in reading, listening to, or watching Shakespeare, it is the glorious use of language that makes it all worthwhile. That said, I did not find either Antony nor Cleopatra particularly compelling. Antony's sideman, Enobarbus, is quite interesting, as is the play between Antony and Octavian in their scenes together. This is a play which really requires background knowledge, that Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" doesn't require. There are a lot of events going on, and, as this is a story of the public interfering with the personal, and vice versa, you probably need all those historical events to be mentioned. Still, it makes it tough to follow, even tougher if you don't have a background in Roman history.