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Macbeth

All Hail Michael Fassbender In The First 'Macbeth' Trailer

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment

Imagine "Game of Thrones" with Michael Fassbender speaking Shakespearean. Then you've got "Macbeth." The first teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's "...

The Tony Nominations: Reflections A Week Later

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As a fever ate away at my remaining brain cells last week, I was bombarded with questions about the Tony nominations. I answer two main questions below.

Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

What is ostensibly an excursion into the troubled history between Scotland and England bursts forth into a universal exploration of the tragedies of war and occupation and the poignant complexities of culture and politics.

'Inspector of the Dead': A Conversation With David Morrell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

David Morrell's latest novel, Inspector of the Dead, is a sequel, featuring De Quincy and his iconoclastic daughter, Emily. When a killer begins targeting London's elite, Scotland Yard again seeks De Quincy's help.

Can People Recover From Mental Illness?

Emily Grossman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

In my estimation, recovery from mental illness, as I personally define it, is definitely possible. However, it takes a lot of work and perseverance. With the proper treatment and support, people can and do get well, contribute to society, and live highly productive, fulfilling lives.

4 Things I Learned When I Wrote Macbeth

Ian Lendler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Ian Lendler

For me, Macbeth is the play that I co-wrote with Shakespeare. Okay, technically I just adapted it into a graphic novel for kids, but by sticking my head under the hood and seeing how the play's engine worked, I learned some interesting things along the way.

If 'Macbeth' Were A 1940s Gangster Opera...

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Raw lust for power dominates the Met Opera's stirring modernistic production of Verdi's Macbeth, which returned to the house last night with Anna Netr...

Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes? Shakespeare's Views on Aging Aren't That Simple

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

If Shakespeare were alive today, it's likely that he would be writing very differently about the experience of aging, time, and death. People live longer and, at least in developed countries, are in far better mental and physical health than they were in Elizabethan England.

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.

Treacherous Hospitality in the 'Game of Thrones' -- And Western Lit

James Heffernan | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

From Homer to George R.R. Martin, literature is fascinated with all the ways in which hosts and guests can betray each other.

Aisle View: Branagh's Monumentally Masterful Macbeth

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New York has seen recent Macbeths by the handful, including two star-topped Broadway productions in the last year, but they are best forgotten. Now we have Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth -- starring Branagh and Alex Kingston as his lady, directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford -- and it is monumental.

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

Ethan Hawke's Macbeth and the Small Engine Repair: Among Men

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Ethan Hawke is a manly Macbeth in a leather skirt. The men in "the Scottish play" look good in skirts, even John Glover's "weird sister," with pendulo...

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Peet Take on the Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

O'Brien is unquestionably one of our finest directors. Little enlightenment can be expected from Amanda Peet's The Commons of Pensacola.

Commentary: Are the '70s Movies Overrated?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lists of the greatest this or the best that are provocations and nothing more. Whether it's a critic offering his 10-best list of films (or books ...

You Never Understood 'Macbeth' Until Now

Posted 11.12.2013 | Comedy

This week, Sparky Sweets, PhD brings his unique insight to bear on the Scottish play. What are we to make of all that blood, murder and general to...

New 'Macbeth' Cast Shaping Up To Be Star-Packed

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Reinforcements have arrived for the upcoming cast of "Macbeth" and some big names are joining Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff. Linco...

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.

Natalie Portman Drops Big Role

Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment

"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" That's what we'd like to think Natalie Portman said of her role as Lady Macbeth before she dropped the project. No...

In the Writing #2: Why Walter White Is the Most Important Character in the History of Television

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.06.2013 | TV
Jesse Damiani

In Walter White, though, Vince Gilligan hasn't created a character indebted to the strengths of a different form; he's created a character that could only exist on television.

Noise

Francis Levy | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Francis Levy

There are two basic ways to go mad. One is historical and the other, existential. Your personality may be festering one or more maladies of a psycholo...

Brutal 'Macbeth' Scenes Cleared With CU-Boulder Police

The Boulder Daily Camera | BRITTANY ANAS | Posted 08.28.2013 | Denver

Leading up to an intense gunfight scene in a rehearsal of "Macbeth" on Thursday, weapons director Geoffrey Kent gave a rallying call to actors: "Are y...

The New Macbeth

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The Scottish play isn't taking much of a break before coming back. Ethan Hawke plans to return to Broadway this winter to play the ti...

A Tourist's Guide to New York Theater Awards Season (and the Occasional Museum)

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Travel
Kelly Kleiman

A five-day visit to New York. Six shows, half good and half not-so. Three museums. Some of this is utterly evanescent; a few items might travel if you're patient; but some of it requires you to jump on a plane and go. Herewith a guide to your trip.