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Moliere

Old Goats and New Tricks

George Heymont | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the surest ways to break through writer's block is to start making lists. They can be lists of words that rhyme or words that contain a similar...

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

Brian Bedford: In Memoriam

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.14.2017 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Molière was as important to me as Shakespeare, maybe even more so, and Richard Wilbur's deft translations were a revelation.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.13.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

I wish to spirit you away today to the rarefied realm of celestial metaphysics by having you respond to yet another reason why people believe in old ideas.

Sweet Clarity

George Heymont | Posted 05.07.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the hardest tasks for theatre companies is to find a way to make classics of the dramatic literature accessible to modern audiences.

La Sapienza

Francis Levy | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

It's in fact part of the narrative that Rome's Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza is at first off limits, much like the recondite knowledge of heaven, earth and esthetics that's the film seeks to explore.

Seattle Shakespeare Company's "Tartuffe" -- Brilliantly Funny Rendition of a Classic

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

Not being a person who thrives on the classics, I went to see the Seattle Shakespeare Company's new production of Tartuffe with guarded acceptance. I knew almost nothing about Moliere and Tartuffe, but I was willing to check it out.

Tartuffe in Berkeley: Dark Undercurrents Dominate Moliere's Timeless Assault On Fraudulent Piety

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.22.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Every successful satire has teeth, though most often they're employed lightly, nipping at common foibles and quirks of character. Moliere's Tartuffe, in the hands of Berkeley Rep, has fangs, fiercely tearing into greed and cruelty.

Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and Man's Soul

Francis Levy | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media
Francis Levy

One of the lagniappes of psychoanalysis is the philosophical attitude it takes towards mental illness. There is no cure for life. In fact in Charlie K...

LaBute and Moliere Occupy Chicago Theater

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

The gap between privilege and its absence gets bigger by the day, and in contemporary discourse it's considered revolutionary (or at least rude) to point that out. But as long as we're talking about the 17th Century, or the go-go 90s, or even 2004, it's safe to speak the truth.

Tickling a Parson's Nose

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Many theater companies have the stated goal of making the classics accessible to modern audiences, but few accomplish that as successfully as Parson's Nose. The virtually non-stop laughter at Parson's Nose performances is a sure sign of their success.

Chicago Shakes Wig and Make-Up Designer, Melissa Veal, Turns Me Into a 17th Century Vixen

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The School for Lies opened at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on December 4th. In honor of this trip back in time to the Sixteen Hundreds and the land of Moliere, I visited Jeff Award winning wig and make-up designer, Melissa Veal.

Berkeley Rep's Doctor Dispenses Wild, Wacky Remedy for the Blahs

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.22.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

A Doctor in Spite of Himself at Berkeley Rep employs puppets, pop-culture references, and all manner of music and physical comedy to dispense pure hilarity. It's nonsense, to be sure, but this nonsense is spectacularly inspired.

On the Culture Front: The National at Celebrate Brooklyn, The Flaming Lips at Summerstage, and the Lincoln Center and Ice Factory Festivals.

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Lincoln Center Festival wrapped up this past week, and overall I was pretty disappointed with the shows I saw.