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Hamlet

Outrageous Fortune

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In his famously febrile ruminations, Hamlet contemplated suicide as perhaps the one and only way to avoid the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...

10 Things I Loved About the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Here's a question for you Angelenos: What has a 2000 person workforce, puts on more shows than any other theatre festival in the country, runs for over three weeks in June in dozens of theaters, and is probably Hollywood's longest party of the year?

The Stranger

Francis Levy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Perhaps the novel has maintained its hold on our imaginations because it's fundamentally about empathy or the loss thereof--a phenomenon that allows for what Clausewitz termed "the continuation of politics by other means," a state we know only too well, as war.

On the Culture Front: Airline Highway, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.05.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway to many means big dance numbers and actors hurtling outsized emotions into the rafters. While there are certainly plenty of tiresome revivals and knockoffs alike that make an all too vivid case for this, there are also bold producers remaking the landscape of commercial theater with subversive, challenging and deeply moving musicals and plays.

I'm With Stupid: To Bestialize or Not to Bestialize, That Is the Question

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I will offer one backhanded defense of the Danes. Denmark is the original home of the Little Mermaid, and she was pretty hot. So if you believe in mermaids and consider them animals, I can kind of see why you might want bestiality to remain legal in case you ever happen upon a flippered femme fatale.

Aisle View: All the World's a (Musical Comedy!) Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Something's rotten on the stage of the St. James, and it smells like a hit.

Diasporic Dining: Hamlet in Chinatown

Francis Levy | Posted 06.21.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Know any Hamlet clones wandering around Chinatown (Feng Xiaogang's The Legend of the Black Scorpion, originally released in China as The Banquet, finds its roots in the Shakespeare play)? Wanton egg drop is the soup that's tailored made for them.

First Nighter: Peter Sarsgaard in Shakespeare's and Austin Pendleton's "Hamlet"

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

It's surprising how many actors appearing as William Shakespeare's Hamlet don't take heed of the young Dane's advice to the players about speaking trippingly on the tongue and not sawing the air. They utter the sage admonition but then go about ignoring it.

Peter Sarsgaard Is a Unique Modern 'Hamlet' at CSC

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

There is a new Hamlet in town, and Peter Sarsgaard has his back, giving this poetic youth of the ages a crisp, nuanced, and strikingly modern voice. This Hamlet is fresh faced and wears a hipster's suit at a wedding that could be set at trendy downtown digs.

The Death of Anthony Hill: Something Is Rotten in the State of America

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

There have been too many funerals of late, too many funerals for people of color and people with mental illness.

Shakespearean Master Kenneth Branagh Picks The Bard's Most Mysterious Play

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.06.2015 | Books

While discussing his new film with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Kenneth Branagh paused to marvel at the layered nature of Shakespeare'...

Anne-Sophie Mutter - A Profile of the Artist

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

"First of all, at every concert, I always think -- this could be my last. Therefore, I will give it everything I have."

Entertaining Judgment: Why We Need Stories About the Afterlife

Greg Garrett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Reactions varied widely to the recent news that Alex Malarkey, the young co-author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, had in fact been trying to tell people for a long time that the best selling book about him was a fraud.

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

David Finkle | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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.