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"Othello

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.

Is Othello Really Black?

Ben Arogundade | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

William Shakespeare's character Othello is generally regarded as a black African. But is this true? Could he have been an Arab or a Spanish Moor?

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

Top 10 Most Disturbing Shakespeare Deaths

Posted 06.22.2012 | Books

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, we're featuring some of our favorite archival pieces about his life and work. This one was first published in Aug...

The Best Villain Ever?

David Snodin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books
David Snodin

To begin with, he talks to you - yes, you. Not at you, like most soliloquisers, or to everyone in general, or to himself (Hamlet being the best exemplar of that). It's as if he's putting a hand to the side of his mouth, drawing you close.

World of Othello Tournament, Now in 35th Year, Taking Place in NY Area this Weekend

Kate Kelly | Posted 01.04.2012 | New York
Kate Kelly

Evidence of basic board games has been found in royal tombs that date as far back as 2500 BCE, so it is clear that as soon as there was some level of leisure time, people were looking for ways to amuse themselves.

Actor Josh Hartnett Toys With Swordplay in Bunraku and Lives to Discuss It

Brad Balfour | Posted 11.29.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.

Digitally Deconstructing Shakespeare

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.23.2011 | Books
Ben Arogundade

Four hundred years after he wrote them, Shakespeare's words can be imbued with a brand new set of values, simply by re-arranging them on the page.

The Wire Tangles With Shakespeare

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Arogundade

The link between The Wire and the works of Shakespeare has been a popular strand amongst both fans of the show and critics alike, ever since it was first aired on U.S. screens back in June of 2002.

PHOTOS: Most Memorable Othello Adaptations

Ben Arogundade | Posted 10.20.2011 | Books
Ben Arogundade

Originally entitled "The Moor of Venice," "Othello" was first performed by Shakespeare's theatre group, the King's Men on November 1, 1604, in the Banqueting House of London's Whitehall Palace. Today, over four hundred years later, it remains as popular as ever.

Top 10 Most Disturbing Shakespeare Deaths

Posted 04.22.2012 | Books

He is known for penning some of the most beautiful romances in literary history but, when writing tragedies, Shakespeare's murderous imagination ran w...

Most Evil Book Villains: Readers Reveal Their Favorites

Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

Yesterday, Random House (@randomhouse) tweeted, "The #NY rain is making us feel slightly evil, which brings us to ask. Who is your favorite villain in...

Othello, Long Beach Shakespeare Company

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Scarborough

Staging full or nearly-full versions of Shakespeare in a black box theatre, director Helen Borgers proves that it's the words, not the spectacle, that matter.

Brush up Your Shakespeare! (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Shakespeare's plays have been the stuff of inspiration for playwrights, composers, and film directors. Here are a few of the best and worst attempts to re-imagine the Bard.

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

Two Operas You'll Never See Performed at the Met!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether deploying a chorus line of Ku Klux Klansmen, mocking every symbol of Christianity, or filling the theatre with nonstop profanity, Jerry Springer:The Opera has something to offend everyone.

THE SKINNY: Independent Shakespeare Company at Griffith Park

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: The Independent Shakespeare Company WHAT: 'Othello' WHERE: Independent Shakespeare Co. Festival Stage Griffith Park Old Zoo near 4730 Crystal S...

'Othello': The Sassy Gay Friend Version (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Even in his comedies, Shakespeare had to make everything dramatic. And who loves drama more than sassy, gay men? In Shakespeare's "Othello," Desdemon...

Feel the Heat This Winter With Operanation, Presented by the Canadian Opera Company

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Bronfman

Feel the heat this winter and attend Habernation, where you'll be serenaded by a variety of sultry guests, including the vixen herself, Carmen!

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Othello Ravaged: Audiences Leaving At Intermission

nypost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

It's not just critics who hate Peter Sellars' production of "Othello" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman at NYU's Skirball Center. Audiences hate it too,...

Philip Seymour Hoffman To Play Iago

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — The Public Theater says Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to play Iago in an off-Broadway revival of "Othello" next season. An Oscar win...