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All the World's a Stage

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

"Whether it's in Asia, Europe, South America, or Africa, Shakespeare's plays are happening in geographically diverse territories within their respecti...

First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Outstanding 'Merchant of Venice' Is Screened

David Finkle | Posted 08.23.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Shylock's inflexible insistence on the bond he made with Antonio for a pound of flesh were the 3,000 ducats not repaid -- that's to say, Shylock's unrelenting stance as a broader revenge on the Christians who've tormented him throughout life as a usurer -- is decidedly matched by his tormenters' virulent prejudice.

Wowed by Wolf Hall

Rob Taub | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Rob Taub

I found every aspect of the play compelling. The costumes are beautiful and the simple stark set helps all the more to feature the story and characters, portrayed by a remarkable ensemble of nearly two dozen actors.

Aisle View: Inside the Corridors of King Henry's Court

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There's a rip-roaring, malevolently Machiavellian, viciously nasty, blood-letting saga of intrigue and incest on view just now. No, not in the cloistered cloakrooms of the U.S. House of Representatives; no incest there, presumably.

First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Regal 'Love's Labour's Lost' and 'Love's Labour's Won'

David Finkle | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Both are surpassingly good treatments. I heartily recommend them, although I definitely question whether it's commercially wise to attach the Love's Labour's Won name to a script that would have more sway with potential patrons under its actual title.

Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

What is ostensibly an excursion into the troubled history between Scotland and England bursts forth into a universal exploration of the tragedies of war and occupation and the poignant complexities of culture and politics.

Why Does London Need a New Concert Hall?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The press and media are all over this one and obviously excited at the prospect of luring back Rattle to his homeland. They also argue for something that London really needs. And this feeding frenzy, I fear, could obscure some rational and strategic thinking that needs to be put in place before anyone signs up for a project.

A Look Back at Broadway 2014

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's a little hard for me because I tend to think more in terms of Tony Awards seasons and less in terms of calendar years. That said, "favorite show" is not "favorite new show;" it is really "favorite show open in 2014," which is easier.

First Nighter: 'Tamburlaine Parts I and II,' 'Tristan & Yseult' Blood Spillage

David Finkle | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The blood in Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult is less than what's in Tamburlaine Parts I and II and is stylized. Emma Rice, the company founder and adapter here of the Cornish myth has something other than seeing red about which she wants to discourse.

War Zone Fresco

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New Yorkers have a rare chance, through August 10, to see a full-cast production of David Edgar's intriguing Pentecost.

First Nighter: 'Henry IV Part I' and 'Henry IV Part II' on Screen With Antony Sher

David Finkle | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

William Shakespeare historians have tried and failed to find a figure during the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V who might have been the inspiration for Sir John Falstaff, whom many of the playwright's advocates consider the preeminent Shakespeare character.

The Global Search for Education: To Be or Not to Be?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

If imagination be the food of disruption, is the Bard also to be considered worthy of a TriBeCa Disruptive innovation Award?

William Shakespeare at 450

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.

Be The Person You Want Your Students to Be

American Teacher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
American Teacher

I do everything the school requires of me but I supplement that with my passions. Listen, I don't expect anyone to duplicate what I do because I am a lunatic, but I think teachers get so busy with the system -- teaching that chapter or this book -- that they lose themselves.

Problems in England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?

'Julius Caesar' Like You've Never Seen It Before

Leigh Silver | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Leigh Silver

When you step into the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater for the Royal Shakespeare Company's unique production of "Julius Caesar," you encoun...

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Gregory Doran and Antony Sher: A Remembrance

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

It was exciting to read that Gregory Doran will become the new Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Greg is a wonderful director whose insightful productions have graced the stages of the Kennedy Center during my tenure.

Amy Lee

Does Shakespeare's Bleakest Play Work For Children?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

"So great is the suffering depicted in Shakespeare's 'King Lear' that one has trouble finding the words to write about it," begins the Folger Shakespe...

For Shakespeare Company, All New York's a Stage

Vera Haller | Posted 10.04.2011 | New York
Vera Haller

This summer is truly the season of the Brits in New York City. The fine actors of Britannia are ruling the city's summer theatrical scene.

Lucas Kavner

Is This The Most Ambitious Theater Project Ever?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- Shipping 400 tons of steel, more than 60 performers and close to 50 separate 40-foot shipping containers across the Atlantic to build a br...

My Trip to England: The Ministry of Culture

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.20.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The importance of cultural tourism in England is astonishing, the level of theater, opera, symphony and dance performance is extraordinary, the museums are crowded and the export of arts of all kinds is thriving.

Roald Dahl Musical On London's West End

Posted 07.25.2011 | Arts

London's West End will soon be home to Roald Dahl's Matilda, the beloved children's tale. The story has been adapted into a musical written by Dennis ...

What Drew A Shakespearean Master To A Flashy Blockbuster About Viking Mythology?

Newsweek | Chris LeeMay 01, 2011 | Posted 07.05.2011 | Books

You’d be forgiven for wondering what precisely is up with Kenneth Branagh directing Marvel Studios’ new superhero flick Thor, a flashy $150 millio...