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The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Pretty, But What's the Point?

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

"Truth hath better deeds than words to grace it." Such is the unlikely thesis of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, penned by one of posterity's greatest playwrights to reflect on the fickleness of lust and persistence of love.

Something Rotten: Theatre of the Absurd

Danny Groner | Posted 05.01.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

I've never seen a Broadway audience as raucous in a completely rational and organized way as during a couple spots during Something Rotten!.

The Hungry Ocean: Sustainability and the Curriculum

Peter W. Wood | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Peter W. Wood

On campus, our universities are increasingly dominated by the view that we live in environmentally desperate times, and desperate times require desperate measures. It is a dangerously intemperate view.

Publisher Rejection Letters From Sophocles to Hitler

Andy Ross | Posted 06.28.2015 | Comedy
Andy Ross

Here is a mental exercise of employing standard publisher rejection templates as they might have been used for some of the great (or notorious) classics of Western Civilization.

19 Dramatic Animals Who Think All The World's A Stage

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.29.2015 | Good News

CURTAINS UP! 1. I'M MORE OF A SOLO PERFORMER. gifbay.com via Giphy 2. I'M NOT AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW AT THE MOMENT vavyanl...

A Poetic Celebration of Shakespeare on His Birthday

The New York Public Library | Posted 06.23.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

Aristotle wrote that poetry and music are essential elements of theatre, and I agree.

Claire Fallon

7 Teen Movies Based On Shakespeare That Would Make Him Roll Over In His Grave

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts

Happy birthday, William Shakespeare! Well, happy death day, at least. We observe both the birth and the death of the Bard on the date he died, April 2...

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 5

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

As impressed as we may be when reading Shakespeare, we shouldn't think that we've plumbed the depths of his meaning. As we mature, our understanding of his plays will deepen, as time and heartache teach us more about life than we may care to discover.

Peter Sarsgaard Is a Unique Modern 'Hamlet' at CSC

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

There is a new Hamlet in town, and Peter Sarsgaard has his back, giving this poetic youth of the ages a crisp, nuanced, and strikingly modern voice. This Hamlet is fresh faced and wears a hipster's suit at a wedding that could be set at trendy downtown digs.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 4

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

There are several ways of reading. We can read to escape or to be entertained; to be confirmed in our own point of view or be challenged by another; to be inspired or attack; to evaluate critically or challenge; to judge, condemn, or simply to understand. It is this last way of reading - of wanting to understand the human heart in its many permutations in Shakespeare that interests us here.

Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Greg Archer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Greg Archer

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through.

Coming to Los Angeles: Labyrinth

Steven Denlinger | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

The novella 'Coming to Los Angeles' continues as a serial this week. Chapter 1: Labyrinth IN THE FALL OF 1998, I was teaching in the North Canton C...

Shakespeare's Parting Words

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

The speech 'Our revels now are ended' is famous as Shakespeare's farewell address to us, his audience. It is usually delivered indirectly to the theater audience by the retiring magician Prospero near the end of The Tempest , the last play written entirely by Shakespeare and written at the end of his career.

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.

First Nighter: Bedlam Company's Double Go at 'Twelfth Night, or What You Will' Perhaps Too Much Bedlam

David Finkle | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

In the program's statement of company purpose, there's a sentence about the fun for them and the audience of "inciting laughter and chaos." There's nothing wrong with inciting laughter, but they might be advised to keep on a closer eye on the chaos.

What Are The TL;DR Versions Of Shakespeare Plays?

Quora | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Quora

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

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The initial strangeness you may encounter in reading Shakespeare is simply the play's way of telling you that you've entered another world, which is, after all, why you're reading his play in the first place.

The Birthday Eulogy

James M. Lynch | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

Anne Hathaway Shakespeare planned a great party for her husband William's 52nd birthday on April 23, 1616. She invited a bunch of his friends: Ben J...

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.25.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Suggestions to High School Students for Reading Shakespeare –- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

All paths lead to the mountaintop, and every teacher of Shakespeare has his or her way of teaching his plays. This is the first in a series of articles that explore one teacher's suggestions to high-school students for reading his plays. These articles are addressed to students, but teachers also may find them of interest, as may the general reader.

The Real Thing

Francis Levy | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Besides defaming Jews, Antonio's plainly a colonialist. Imagine the degree to which indigenous populations must have been exploited for the sake of the wealth merchants like him sought to accrue?

Romeo Is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?

Lois Leveen | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Lois Leveen

A story in which a 13-year-old girl is seduced by a deceiving cad who turns out to be a killer, then is convinced by a prevaricating priest to fake her own death, and finally ends up committing suicide for real -- this should not be a global model of a love story.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

Janine Ferguson's Romantic Incident at the Café, Some Valentine's Day Ideas, and F.L. Jewels' Whispers of My Heart

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

The philosopher's quote from his novel, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, is cited by author F.L. Jewels in her new Whispers of My Heart book of poetry.

The Most Erotic Poem You'll Ever Read

Andrea Chapin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Andrea Chapin

When I began writing my novel The Tutor (Riverhead, Feb. 5), I searched for a piece of writing for my protagonist and Shakespeare to work on. I was f...