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On the Culture Front: Othello, The Tempest, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.10.2017 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Even in the dark of winter, New York shines with creativity of all stripes that make me happy to be here over any warmer climate. The past month or so...

A United Kingdom: It's Good to be King

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.07.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

David Oyelowo, so brilliant in a recent theater production of Othello, playing the king against Daniel Craig's Iago, is now a king again in Amma Asant...

Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in Othello: The Moor Goes Down

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At the much celebrated New York Theatre Workshop production of Othello, Andrew Lieberman's austere set looks like the inside of a packing crate as the...

Aisle View: Iago On Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.13.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig in Othello Photo: Chad Batka That green-eyed monster is back in town, down at NYTW. With a steely-determined Dan...

Shakespeare: Bard - Or Clandestine Spiritual Master?

Paul Hunting | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Paul Hunting

As the 4th Centenary of Shakespeare's death draws to a close I'm wondering whether humanity has really changed over the past 400 years? Is there now more happiness, fulfilment and peace on our planet? If there is, it's hard to see.

When Not to Use the "N" Word On or Off Campus

Francis Levy | Posted 09.19.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

A Times article entitled "Campuses Cautiously Train Freshman Against Subtle Insults" (NYT, 9/6/16), quotes a newly minted freshman at Clark asking the...

In marquis 'Othello' performance, Faran Tahir humanizes Islam, helps bridge West and Muslim World

Patrick Burnett | Posted 03.31.2016 | Arts
Patrick Burnett

Just this past week, our world was once again rocked by major terrorist attacks aiming to further divide the Abrahamic faiths. ISIS supporters in Brus...

George Lucas, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Lansbury and Others Honor James Earl Jones

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 10.24.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

James Earl Jones is 84, and considered one of the world's finest actors, the voice of Darth Vader has been on Broadway since the 1950s, starring in plays from the Great White Hope and Othello to Fences and You Can't Take It With You. And he continues to dazzle audiences.

The José Limón International Dance Festival Takes on the Joyce

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It is one of the most pressing questions of American dance: how should we preserve the work of great 20th-century choreographers who glued their style to a generation distinct and removed from our own?

David Oyelowo Returns To Theater With 'Othello' Role

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.19.2015 | Black Voices

“Selma” star David Oyelowo is set to join Daniel Craig for the off-Broadway production of Shakespeare’s “Othello.” The production, which wil...

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

David Finkle | Posted 09.23.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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 06.14.2016 | 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 Othello...

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.