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An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

First Nighter: Simon Russell Beale and Other London Come-Ons

David Finkle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Though Samuel Foote is not remembered today and therefore another instance in the annals of the millions once famous and now forgotten, he was celebrated in 18th-century London as a wit as well as an actor.

First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Outstanding "Othello" is Screened

David Finkle | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

About that embroidered handkerchief so crucial to Othello's undoing in the William Shakespeare tragedy that takes his name: When it's too late, Desdemona's loyal attendant Emilia (Ayesha Dharker) says of her mistress and the item: "She let it drop."

5 Famous Wedding Readings About Love

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 09.16.2015 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Wedding readings and poems are a great way to express certain feelings and share romantic and heartfelt language that is meaningful to you both.

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.

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.

First Nighter: William Shakespeare's and Daniel Sullivan's 'Cymbeline' Lights up Central Park

David Finkle | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

There's a reliable rule of the stage according to which, if the actors are having fun, the audience absolutely will. That's what's rambunctiously going on throughout Daniel Sullivan's fooling around with William Shakespeare's late romance, Cymbeline.

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.

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

5 Keys to Real Happiness From 5 Must-Read Books

Suna Senman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

Fairytales feed our minds with the enchanted thoughts about finding a situation where our wishes are fulfilled and we live "happily ever after." Contrary to this belief, happiness is not something to go out and find.

Happiness and the Inner Voice of Destiny

Maura Sweeney | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maura Sweeney

Obey your inner voice and follow your destiny "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." -- William Shakespeare You have a de...

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...

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!.

Claire Fallon

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

Aisle View: All the World's a (Musical Comedy!) Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Something's rotten on the stage of the St. James, and it smells like a hit.

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.

A Volunteer Is Changed for Life By Volunteering at a Local School

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

I can't even write about Mel Ryane's memoir without falling apart laughing. This hilarious account of a former actress naively volunteering to teach Shakespeare to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders at a Los Angeles public school is a delicious read for readers of all stripes.

Daily Meditation: The Spirit Of Youth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

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

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

Shakespearean Master Kenneth Branagh Picks The Bard's Most Mysterious Play

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.06.2015 | Books

While discussing his new film with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Kenneth Branagh paused to marvel at the layered nature of Shakespeare'...

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.

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

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.