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First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Outstanding "Othello" is Screened

David Finkle | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

About that embroidered handkerchief so crucial to Othello's undoing in the William Shakespeare tragedy that takes his name: When it's too late, Desdemona's loyal attendant Emilia (Ayesha Dharker) says of her mistress and the item: "She let it drop."

The Venice Diaries 2015: Kicking It Off With Orson Welles, a Woman's Man

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.01.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

A good 30 years after his death, the genius that was, is and always will be Orson Welles is finally enjoying the recognition he deserves.

Othello at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group is possibly one of the most creative and innovative companies to burst onto the national theater scene in recent decades. The eponymous Zombie Joe and his collaborators have redefined post-modern theater forms with a mix of commedia del'arte, punk, gothic and Grand Guignol influences.

Actor Slams American Ballet Theater's 'Jim Crow' Production Of 'Othello'

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

A professional actor who attended the American Ballet Theater's production of "Othello" sent a fiery letter to the company decrying its use of dark ma...

Watch A Young Jennifer Lawrence In A High School Shakespeare Play

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 11.22.2014 | Entertainment

Before Jennifer Lawrence was shooting arrows, she was playing a broken-hearted heroine in a Shakespeare play. The 24-year-old Oscar winner played D...

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Orson Welles's Othello

Francis Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Is it possible the famed death procession at the finale of Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957) was influenced by the prologue to Orson Welles's Othell...

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 2: Jewish Wagnerites and Wagner Societies

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Part 1 of "On The Future of Wagnerism," "Do New Revelations of Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?" was published on Huffingt...

First Nighter: Check Out 'Hellman v. McCarthy,' 'Red Velvet,' 'Heathers'

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

On January 20, 1980 Mary McCarthy, never known to mince words in print or in person, was asked on Dick Cavett's PBS talk show whom she considered overrated writers. After a moment's thought, Lillian Hellman came to her mind.

Aisle View: The Moor of Covent Garden

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.30.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Lester is a creative associate of the Tricycle, and husband to playwright Chakrabarti. This is incidental information; Lester's performance in Red Velvet, under any circumstances, is a marvel of thunder and spellbinding power.

Strangers on a Train

Francis Levy | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Coleridge famously scribbled "the motive-hunting ofmotiveless Malignity" about Othello in his copy of Shakespeare's works. Bruno Anthony (Robert Walke...

American Ballet Theatre in Darkness and Light: Sylphides, Moor's Pavane and Gong

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

One of the great pleasures of going to see ballet in a dance capital like New York is that she is likely to be seated next to a true veteran who starts conversations with "I saw José Limón dance the Moor."

Why I Have 'Un Problema' With Your Dog's Name

Ashley Underwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Ashley Underwood

What did that decision-making process look like? "Hmmm, well my dog is a FEMALE and I think she is so PRETTY so I'm going to name her either 'she' or 'beautiful' in another language and I will love it until the Apocalypse.

Hamlet or A Stop at Willoughby

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Tolstoy famously told Chekhov "your plays are almost as bad as Shakespeare's, Anton Pavlovich." Which brings up the question of the A Stop at Willough...

First Nighter: All-Female "Julius Caesar" Works Except When It Doesn't

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The funniest aside takes place during one of Walters' most demanding sequences as disillusioned Brutus. What she breaks it off to say to her convict colleagues won't be revealed here, but it's a laugh-and-a-half.

The Many Faces of Harry Lennix

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Harry Lennix is an actor's actor, and 2013 is proving to be a banner year with a string of starring roles including NBC's highly anticipated new series The Blacklist alongside James Spader.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Othello," "Strange Interlude," August Strindberg, Peter Nichols

David Finkle | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If you don't mind an Othello (Adrian Lester) and an Iago (Rory Kinnear) policing Cyprus in desert fatigues and a Desdemona (Olivia Vinall) who arrives...

Aisle View: Venice Under Siege With Hip-Hop

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There's a cutting-edge, politically provocative, modernistic new-style musical at the Public Theater that will have you literally dancing in the aisles.

Hip-Hop Meets Shakespeare

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- The rafters are shaking downtown at the Public Theater, where the dynamic new hip-hop musical, "Venice," is rocking the Anspacher Theater....

WATCH: Taco Bell Made Teen SO Happy

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

Zeke Castro thought he was just getting free tacos from the Taco Bell truck visiting Othello, Wash., on Saturday. Instead he got the whole enchilada. ...

Psst...the Play Is Always the Thing at Philly Shakes Theatre

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Carmen Kahn, artistic director of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, keeps devising new ways to present Shakespeare as vital living theater for contemporary audiences.

If You Care About Shakespeare at All, Get Thee to Women of Will

Carey Purcell | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

"Why would a card-carrying feminist spend all her time with a dead white male?" Why, indeed? The answer can be found in Women of Will, Tina Packer's exploration of women in the Shakespearean canon.

Another Iago at Work in Oak Creek Massacre

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2012 | Crime
Robert David Jaffee

Most mass shooting gunmen live not necessarily in a world of psychosis but rather by an ethos of hatred and sadism. These killers adhere to the philosophy of Iago, who proclaims "I am not what I am," a nihilistic credo that attempts to refute Yahweh's life-affirming "I am what I am" code.

The First Ever Black Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 09.04.2012 | Arts
Ben Arogundade

When Othello was first performed by William Shakespeare's theatre group the King's Men, at London's Whitehall Palace on November 1, 1604, the role of the Moor was played by white actor Richard Burbage in blackface make-up.

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.