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Cumberbacchanalia: A Preview Night With Benedict Cumberbatch and Hamlet

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.24.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Cumberbatch is radiant on stage. In a play increasingly a star vehicle -- and I have seen Hamlets from Daniel Day-Lewis (the best, at the National Theatre in 1989) to Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Dillane and Jude Law -- Cumberbatch joins the ranks competently.

Liver Pudding

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.

In "Loo" of Good Taste

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 08.16.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I shudder to think how my parents would have survived in today's anything-goes, nothing-is-sacred, sexually charged society. Their values were black and white, wrong and right, good and bad, with little wiggle room for compromise.

Shakespeare in the Park For Dummies

Penny Love | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Penny Love

If I'm completely honest, nor do I even want to get Shakespeare. At the intermission, I had to go. My daughter and I ditched my friends when they were at the ports-potties "Alas! This blessed plot. Methinks I dare not stay for mine death draws ever closer!"

Notes From a Dive Bar XXII

Alan Black | Posted 08.10.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

These days, the sun shows no mercy. And Shakespeare in the Park is on.

Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed? The Evidence Is Doobie-ous

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Arts

A slew of recent headlines suggest that William Shakespeare smoked marijuana, but an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar finds some of t...

Shakespeare's Opening Act

Tamar Honig | Posted 08.04.2015 | Arts
Tamar Honig

The Tempest is a striking piece, brimming with drama and humor and intrigue. As satisfying as seeing it is the discovery of all these elements in the arguably equally poetic context of five hours on a bench in the park.

Why Success Is Always 'Iffy'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Either way, I'm going to do my best to smell the roses along the way, too -- and call it success every time. Those fragrant breezes will come and go and never be safely thus. They are diffident, and iffy, and fleeting- just like success itself. But that's as good as it gets. Maybe knowing that, and really accepting it, is the safest success of all

Shakespeare Wild and Free

Philip David Morton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Philip David Morton

Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story every told. How do you make that new? To take material so well known and keep it fresh is a tribute not only to how well the festival directors know the plays, but also to how fearless their staging and inventions are.

Drink It Up: A Short Interview with Drunk Shakespeare's Josh Hyman

Danny Groner | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Danny Groner

Drunk Shakespeare is something you really have to experience for yourself. Describing it in a few words -- one member of a troupe of five actors is required to drink before and during a performance of a Shakespearean play -- doesn't do the production justice.

Fools for Love

George Heymont | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether these pairings were deliberate or circumstantial, what made Schnitzler's play so interesting was that they included characters from a wide variety of social classes who were well aware of their station as well as their limitations.

Shakespeare's Hotspur Would Be Proud to See His Namesake Tottenham Hotspur Leading Another British Invasion of America

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 07.21.2015 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The profile of England's elite football league has never been higher. So it makes sense that "Spurs" are making huge moves in growing that base.

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

Joanne Rendell | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts
Joanne Rendell

In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there.

The Daemon Knows that Harold Bloom Is a Genius

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.11.2015 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

Learning how to read and appreciate imaginative literature takes years, exemplifies the importance of delayed gratification. It may help us succeed on this planet. It may lead to or underlie the wisdom of the ages. But can it give us what Harold Bloom, the nonpareil reader and literary critic, terms the "blessing of more life"?

From Hypnos to Hamlet to Zombies, a Look at Our Obsession With Sleep and Death

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

Where does our cultural conjoining of sleep and death come from, and how has the entanglement of the two concepts persisted throughout time in our major artistic and historic works?

Our Changing Language

Renee Fisher | Posted 07.02.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Literally is supposed to mean "literally." It now mean "figuratively." Although this phenomenon started many decades ago, LBL believes that only recently has the word "figuratively" finally given up the fight and slunk back to wherever it originally came from.

Outrageous Fortune

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In his famously febrile ruminations, Hamlet contemplated suicide as perhaps the one and only way to avoid the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...

Sam Waterston: A Temperate Prospero in The Tempest in the Park

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On the evening I ventured into Central Park, to the Delacorte Theater for the always delightful experience of seeing Shakespeare under the night sky, rain was in the forecast.

My One Exception To The 'I Don't Like Shakespeare' Rule

Reilly Wieland | Posted 06.16.2015 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

I have to admit the cardinal sin of all book lovers: I don't really love Shakespeare.

The Extinction of Language?

David Sable | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
David Sable

Language is how we communicate. Language can be spoken, signed and sung. Language can be pictures -- fashion or food. DNA is a language of sorts.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

Ira World Premiere Benefits Shrunken Shakespeare and the Actors' Fund

Tim Ranney | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

The plucky Shrunken Shakespeare Company has had some pretty big scores for their productions and parties considering they've only been around since 2012.

Why the 'New Shakespeare Portrait' Is NOT Shakespeare

Ros Barber | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Ros Barber

A great deal of fuss has been made this week about a supposed "newly discovered portrait of Shakespeare" found on the title page engraving of sixteent...

Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali

Francis Levy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

What makes the masters of twentieth century cinema great was the ambitiousness of their project. Kurosawa's Ikiru ("To Live"), Bergman's Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Mizoguchi's Ugetsu and Antonioni's L'avventura don't shy away from grappling with life and death.

Cheryl Williams, The Mentor Who Goes Above And Beyond

Anna Snapp | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Anna Snapp

She teaches her students to listen closely to the rhythm of Shakespeare's words and find meaning in them. She teaches her students to not just find meaning in these ancient texts, but also to find meaning in every day human relationships.