Over the last few weeks I was reminded of those halcyon times as I saw two vastly different productions by two vastly different companies, but this time they weren't across the Thames but across the East River, in Brooklyn.
New breakthroughs in technology have a long history of disrupting the status quo. When I first learned how to type, it was on a manual typewriter that, if you hit the carriage return handle hard enough, might fall off the desk.
All great artists which I call artistocrats have a constant lifelong desire to communicate vitally important messages. But sometimes a fervent desire to be understood and to convey an important message looks like a declamation of a Shakespeare's Sonnet to a hungry dog.
For the sake of the English language, please stop using the word 'unpack' (unless you are removing your travel essentials from a valise). How about: discover, uncover, reveal, unearth, expose, ascertain, discern, lay bare or just find out.
Double Falsehood is considered to be a "controversial" work -- not so much because of its content, but rather for the debate over just how much of the play was actually written by Mr. Shakespeare. It's an emotionally charged debate that has been studied, argued, and revisited through the years.
I've been hearing the word "hate" a lot lately. It's not a new concept. Though one may try and protect the unconditional loving innocence of a child, hatred is a notion that one grows into this world understanding at an early age.
The phenomenon that Trump represents, alas, is ancient, and the only question is whether Americans in the year 2016 will be the latest "suckers" and "losers," as Trump would say, to fall for the illusion that money alters the real nature of the man
Since the function of the Shakespearean fool was to wake people up, I keep hoping that Trump is among us simply for that. The way that he presents himself and the things he says are so utterly grotesque that one advantage is he makes it clear what we don't want.
Because the experience of sexual assault involved losing both my agency and control of the situation, for a longtime the awareness of losing control triggered the feeling that my agency was in jeopardy.
For anyone involved with theater, Shakespeare seems universal. However, he also can feel over done, wordy, or boring. Regardless, theater goers and actors alike will never stop obsessing over him and thus, Shakespeare will always have a presence on Broadway.