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La Sapienza

Francis Levy | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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.