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Hamlet

First Nighter: John Tiffany's 'Let the Right One In', Parallel Exit's 'Everybody Gets Cake!', Poe in 'Nevermore'

David Finkle | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If you ask me, the prolific John Tiffany and the prolific Steven Hoggett are responsible for the best play ever presented about the Iraq War. So when I learned they were bringing Let the Right One In to the always adventurous St. Ann's, I figured it would be another must.

Charlie Hebdo, Kinky Friedman and the Art of the Provocateur

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

The controversy over Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of Muhammad, as well as President Obama's boneheaded decision not to go to Paris for the Unity March, got me thinking about another satirical cartoon that graced the cover of an august publication in this country.

Wafflers

Francis Levy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

A waffle is a delicious breakfast food that's usually served with maple syrup, but in its verb form it means to be indecisive or titter on the brink of one action or another.

Remembering Artist Julian St. John, 24, With New Details on His Life, Death and Poetry

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Robert David Jaffee

"Rest, rest, perturbed spirit," says Hamlet to the ghost of his father. I could not help but think of that line when I heard that Julian St. John, a gifted artist and poet, who suffered from schizophrenia, had passed away on Nov. 23, roughly two weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

First Nighter: The Bedlam Company Shoots and Wounds Chekhov's 'Seagull'

David Finkle | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Throughout The Seagull, the characters talk about happiness and of what it's constituted. They all want to be happy. Not one of them is. At this revival, I was in their unhappy number.

To Be or Not to Be -- Will SOA's Jax Suffer Hamlet's Fate or Ride Off on His Harley?

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 01.18.2015 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

As Hamlet is essentially a bloodbath, and as the Bard's tragedies always end with the protagonist dying, as a result of his own bad choices, one doesn't hold out much hope for anti-hero Jax, and others like his Machiavellian mother Gemma (Katey Sagal), surviving the bloodletting.

What's in a Name?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

However a writer selects a name, it must fit and exemplify that character. The mention of the name should bring to mind an entire set of personality traits; a certain look; and feeling tone. The name should evoke a strong image in the reader's mind, and have a ring of authenticity.

Questions on Dramatic Monologue

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let's hypothesize a theater of solitude: a single character grappling with his own interminable discourse -- at intervals whispered and shouted; prosaic one moment, poetic or even epic the next. What is the status, in that case, of this voice that speaks nonstop?

Robin Williams, Hamlet and the Undiscovered Country

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom wrote a book some years ago, titled Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. The book might also have been titled, Hamlet: Character Unlimited, for the Prince of Denmark, like Shakespeare's tragedy itself, cannot be reduced to anything.

'Romantic Romeo' From Captivate Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

Romantic Romeo is the first of the "They Do Not Deserve to Die" series from director Sally Lyall and musical director Tommie Travers. The duo have concocted a hilarious formula to introduce Shakespeare's plots to young 'uns.

Something Wonderful in Denmark: Hamlet at the UN

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Evelyn Leopold

As far as Security Council presidencies go, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant began his stint with a splash -- a live performance of the Globe Theatre's Hamlet to an enthusiastic crowd at the United Nations.

Watch: John Lithgow, King Lear and Our Uncertain World

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why are we so drawn these days to the tale of Lear and his dysfunctional family? John Lithgow, the award-winning actor and writer, is playing him right now in The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production. This week he talks to Bill.

Shakespeare's Hamlet Heads to Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Marco Cáceres

In celebration of this anniversary, London's famous Globe theater company has launched an ambitious plan to perform Shakespeare's perhaps most famous play, Hamlet, in 205 countries over the next two years.

Hamlet's Hardy Fan Base: Shakespeare Returns to Royal Oak, July 31 to August 10

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.30.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Most of the cast, crew, ushers, and bartenders work for the love of the play. And, as sure as the Scottish King's name will not be used -- this entire troupe can be certain of one thing -- a tempest of rain.

A Profile of Soprano Tony Arnold -- Guest Artist at Santa Fe Chamber Festival 2014

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of Chamber Music and Art Song. Today's classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit.

How We Treat Others

Tom Morris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

How we treat others is really in the end how we treat ourselves. Our outer conduct always has inner results. In a great little passage from Shakesp...

Misogyny, or Not Misogyny? That Is the Question

Shannon Deep | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Having a feminist boyfriend doesn't mean that he sees the same production of Hamlet you do; it means that when you call out misogyny, he knows enough to say, as mine now does, "I believe you."

For Savvy Real Estate Advice, Look to The Bard

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.14.2014 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

If, like me, you find that you must sell a beloved home, who better to turn to for advice than the Renaissance real estate mogul William Shakespeare, whose cornering of the 17th-century Stratford-upon-Avon housing market is as impressive to realty buffs as his genius as a wordsmith is to literary types.

Daily Meditation: To Be Or Not To Be

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Comedy, Tonight!

George Heymont | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A popular show business axiom insists that "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." While any performer who has bombed onstage will quickly acknowledge this bitter truth, the bottom line is that comedy depends on good ideas and solid execution.

Period of Adjustment

Francis Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

The refractory period is the time it takes before a male is able to have a subsequent orgasm. For a young man of 20 it's estimated to be about 15 mi...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

'To Be Or Not To Be': That Was Our Poll Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books

William Shakespeare would have turned 450 on Wednesday. In honor of his birthday, a HuffPost/YouGov poll posed some of his most memorable questions to...

What Dreams May Come, or Feelin' Drowsy

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

This winter, I developed an odd napping habit. As I described to my doctor, this new habit is different from my lifelong affection for the pleasures of plush pillows, soft blankets and high thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets (preferably Italian, if we're sharing pillow talk).

Hamlet, Faustus and Luther: Founts of Hilarity in Wittenberg

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.14.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Friendly antagonists: Dan Hiatt, right, as the pious Martin Luther, Michael Stevenson as the irreverent Doctor Faustus Alas, poor Hamlet! Metho...

Alas Poor Yorick

Mr. Fish | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Mr. Fish

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