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Why Are They Translating Shakespeare?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare's plays to make them more comprehensible. Why?

I'm With Stupid: Why I'm Hoping to Break a Leg Next Week

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Denver
Todd Hartley

In my life, I've written four plays. Of those, only one -- my fifth-grade class's Christmas pageant -- has ever been produced, and I have to admit it wasn't very good.

10 Things I Loved About the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.29.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Here's a question for you Angelenos: What has a 2000 person workforce, puts on more shows than any other theatre festival in the country, runs for over three weeks in June in dozens of theaters, and is probably Hollywood's longest party of the year?

Sean Pomposello On Photography And Writing

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs (c) Sean Pomposello Sean Pomposello attracted my attention because he is both a photographer and a writer - like me! The lines betwe...

...And Waiting And...

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Did They Ever Tour the Playhouse's Interior?

Tom Falco | Posted 05.12.2015 | Miami
Tom Falco

R.J. Heisenbottle Architects, has successfully restored Miami Freedom Tower, Miami City Hall, Miami Woman's Club, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and Vizcaya Village. They wish to be a big part of the Coconut Grove Playhouse renovation.

Big Voices in Small Theater -- Part 2

Susie K Taylor | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Susie K Taylor

Small theater is one of the most welcoming places for fresh new voices. In this series I will begin to prove why.

First Nighter: 'Living on Love' Proves Insufficient, Even With Renée Fleming

David Finkle | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

What do you get when you cross Noel Coward's Private Lives with the Cole Porter-Samuel Spewack-Bella Spewack Kiss Me, Kate? You get cross. That's what you get.

Theater: Kelli O'Hara Delights (Again) In "King And I"

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Western superiority has never seemed more charming than in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The King And I. This handsomely mounted revival helmed by Bartlett Sher boasts a clutch of great songs.

A Bunch of Guys, A Few Dolls Make Dated Yet Enjoyable Theatre

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

It's sexist, dated, it's simplistic, and stereotypical; and by many of today's standards, it's actually politically incorrect given the women-as-property tone. Yet, it's good fun, it's sing-along tunes, it's big numbers, flashy clothes and timeless love songs. It's Guys and Dolls.

What Are The TL;DR Versions Of Shakespeare Plays?

Quora | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts

Antony and Cleopatra: Pretending to be dead to make your lover sorry doesn't work.

Love and Murder: The Inevitable Animal of Grief

Tony Bartolone | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Sean E. Zilke's new play is at once an indictment of the animalistic horrors committed by the human race and, adversely, the unbreakable bonds of a loving family. Through this production we are given a rare peek into the endless potential of an important creative voice.

Stages Repertory Theatre: The Glitz and Glamour of Theatrical Fundraising

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.09.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Glasner

Perhaps theater has always been an idea whose best moment is yet to come. I mean, there must be something maddening about the year-in, year-out program model that regional theaters must bear in order to do their work.

Collected Stories

Peak Johnson | Posted 05.09.2015 | Arts
Peak Johnson

As time goes on (six years to be exact), two women go from teacher to student to friends to equals and finally rivals, as the unthinkable happens and a huge betrayal occurs.

Pizza and Threesomes

Sarah Flanagan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Flanagan

Sun and Room is an affectionate and painfully honest look into those college years you might want to forget. It explores transitional friendships and nights that come with freshman year and often go without reflection.

A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

Actor John Mahoney Hosts the Auditorium Theatre's 125th Gala Celebration

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.19.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

We are our history, are we not? On December 9, the Auditorium Theatre celebrates its 125th Anniversary with a gala dinner and star-studded performance, hosted by actor, John Mahoney. Looking back, what kind of city would Chicago be if it didn't have the Auditorium Theatre?

Jack Fry's Triumphant Einstein! Premieres in Hollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Shifting from autobiography to biography, Fry breathes fresh life into one of history's greatest minds (much like Val Kilmer's brilliant channeling of Mark Twain) with the funny, touching, and intimate, Einstein! at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre Fridays and Saturdays through November 22.

How A Near-Death Experience Inspired Bill Maher's Executive Producer To Write His Latest Play

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

One can only avoid life's big questions for so long. And when writer Scott Carter finally faced those questions, the result was the creation of his...

Jaweed Kaleem

What Jefferson, Dickens And Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Exploring The Big Questions | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

In 1804, over three consecutive evenings, President Thomas Jefferson completed a private spiritual project. Using the King James Bible, he took a penk...

Free Shakespeare in the Park Coming Back to Coconut Grove

Tom Falco | Posted 12.14.2014 | Miami
Tom Falco

A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shell Lumber in 2012 Shakespeare Miami is back in Coconut Grove after a one year absence. Coming up in th...

Richard Tanner Conquers Hollywood With His Small Parts

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Tanner confesses he still doesn't know where he fits into Hollywood, and that he's never been the kind of actor who waits for the phone to ring -- so he's created his own production company, the first project being Small Parts.

'The Golem of Hollywood' A Talk With Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jonathan and Jesse have co-authored The Golem of Hollywood, a crime novel with elements of myth and the supernatural.

No Question, These Shakespearean Insults Are The Best Insults

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.25.2014 | Books

Okay, so, the next time somebody grinds your gears, you should definitely throw down with a clever retort like "swaggering rascal." Yes, that's rig...