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The Man Who Knows All 49,000 Words Of 'The Great Gatsby' By Heart

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 03.16.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- Go up to Scott Shepherd and ask him to begin reciting from, say, the beginning of Chapter Seven of "The Great Gatsby" and he pauses for on...

The Winter Theater Festivals Of New York

AP | By MARK KENNEDY | Posted 12.28.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- Hanging around outside The Public Theater next week could turn you into an unanticipated actor. An hour or so before the group known as t...

Theater: Titus Andronicus as Bloody and Boring as Ever

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Whether it's the Julie Taymor film version or the numerous other productions from the past, I've never seen a satisfying Titus.

Theater: Sam Waterston's "King Lear" Disappoints At Public

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.09.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

KING LEAR ** out of **** PUBLIC THEATER King Lear is such a mountain of a play that just getting to the top must feel like an accomplishment. But Sam...

At The 'Sweet And Sad' Forum With Carl Bernstein, Alec Baldwin

Hallie Seegal | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home
Hallie Seegal

Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad elucidates why many of us feel a tug of shame when we stop to consider how the 9/11 attacks changed us, if at all.

Stage Door: Sweet and Sad

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.11.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Amid the various public remembrances of 9/11, Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad offers a personal meditation on loss.

Stage Door: Cirque du Soliel Zarkana, Measure For Measure

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.30.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

By moving from its usual big top on Randall's Island to the magnificence of Radio City Music Hall, Zarkana ups its theatrical impact. Set in an abando...

Dueling Shakespeare 'Problem Plays' Hit Central Park This Summer

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts

The cancellation of the New York Philharmonic's annual park appearances came as a disappointment to many Gothamites. But the city's legion of free cul...

With the Tony Awards At Hand, Best Actress Nominee Lily Rabe Has Been Having a Good Year

Brad Balfour | Posted 08.06.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

"In a year filled with so many productions... Almost as much as I love doing plays, [I love] going to see them, and there are so many incredible productions and performances right now."

First Nighter: Stephen Adly Guirgis's Play, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Earns Its Broadway Asterisks

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Language has failed -- that's Guirgis's story and he's gallantly sticking to it. This modern rom-com is to be greatly admired, enjoyed and seriously pondered after the final fade-out.

Stage Door: Catch Me If You Can, Peter and the Starcatcher, Urge For Going

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.10.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Catch Me If You Can boasts two incredibly entertaining leads. Unfortunately, the musical is all razzle -- no dazzle.

Stage Door: Compulsion

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

A provocative drama, it's based on Meyer Levin's efforts to adapt The Diary of Anne Frank into a Broadway play.

Broadway's Merchant of Venice Re-Ignites My Jewish Identity Crisis

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Had Shylock been a person's first exposure to a Jew, should they be crucified for thinking he was a devilish creature?

First Nighter: In the Wake, Lisa Kron's New Play, Has What It Takes

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

This comedy-laced drama sends audiences staggering into the streets from its power to shake up previous assumptions about the requirements needed for leading a fulfilling political and personal life.

Stage Door: The Grand Manner, A Winter's Tale

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Katherine Cornell, known as the greatest American stage actress of the 20th century, is little remembered today. Yet she reigned for decades, heralded for her powerful performances and glamorous personae.

Rock Music Belongs on Broadway, Says President Andrew Jackson

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Quit filling stages with the same old shows year after year, because it is the key 18-35 demographic that will need to fill seats, and an over-the-hill Gypsy will not pass muster.

Mighty Movie Podcast Exclusive: Spike Lee & Stew on Passing Strange: The Movie

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I got a chance to sit down with Spike Lee and singer/songwriter Stew to discuss the New York musical hit, Passing Strange.

The Public Theater's Presentation of "Twelfth Night"

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Menaker

The Public Theater's presentation of "Twelfth Night," starring Anne Hathaway and Raul Esparza, has closed. What a superbly home-grown triumph this has been!

Twelfth Night in Central Park

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alec Baldwin

To bring together a wonderful cast of some of the great performers in the American theatre and watch them create one of the best shows I have seen in the Park in quite some time was a rare treat.

Public Theater Gala

Jane Levere | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jane Levere

New York's Public Theater Gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park attracted a host of celebrities.

Culture Zohn: A Girl's Guide to Love and Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Patricia Zohn

2009-07-03-zpull.jpg Many actresses aspire to be like Audrey Hepburn, with her perfect combination of gamine and sexy; few achieve it. Hathaway really does.

Shakespeare In The Park: Anne Hathaway, Steve Martin, Liev Shreiber At Public Theater Opening (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Last night was the opening for the annual Shakespeare In The Park at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. This year's production of Twelfth Night i...

Kevin Kline: A Year Of Theatrical Triumph

New York Times | Charles Isherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The year just past was a notable one in the career -- and surely also the life -- of Kevin Kline. Notably busy, and at times disappointing. But ultima...