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William Shakespeare

Kenneth Branagh and Macbeth in Manhattan

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Now, for a measured review of the new production of William Shakespeare's brief, brutal, beautiful tragedy of Macbeth, on through June 22 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

Happy 450th Birthday to William Shakespeare: Great Ways to Celebrate

Katie Lara | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
Katie Lara

It seems fitting for Shakespeare enthusiasts to make a pilgrimage to his hometown to celebrate this literary giant's birthday. Here are three fabulous ways to celebrate in Stratford-Upon Avon.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

'To Be Or Not To Be': That Was Our Poll Question | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books

William Shakespeare would have turned 450 on Wednesday. In honor of his birthday, a HuffPost/YouGov poll posed some of his most memorable questions to...

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.

Knighthood for Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language.

First Nighter: Check Out 'Hellman v. McCarthy,' 'Red Velvet,' 'Heathers'

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

On January 20, 1980 Mary McCarthy, never known to mince words in print or in person, was asked on Dick Cavett's PBS talk show whom she considered overrated writers. After a moment's thought, Lillian Hellman came to her mind.

First Nighter: The Fiascos Do Measure for Measure, The Pearl Does No Exit

David Finkle | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Companies here and abroad, far and wide, high and low devote themselves to William Shakespeare. There's nothing new about the dedication. The Shakespeare devotees just keep coming.

Did Christopher Marlowe Fake His Death?

Ros Barber | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Ros Barber

William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were born 450 years ago, just two months apart. Marlowe's plays and poems, all written in his twenties, have been overshadowed by Shakespeare's.

First Nighter: Frank Langella Fights the King Lear Storm and Conquers

David Finkle | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Frank Langella is doing a completely respectable King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey in William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. But wait. Better be more specific, since in discussing the daunting role, the actor is on record as saying he makes a very deliberate point of never giving the same performance twice.

On Names, Faces, and Mottos of My University

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I declare unequivocal admiration for our institution, I am troubled, nonetheless, by some longstanding issues that I cannot seem to reconcile revolving on a name, symbols, and a motto.

Theater: Taymor Spins Web Of Magic; A Promising "Lady In Red"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's just a fancy, but one can't help imagining that after the hellish experience of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, director Julie Taymor has been waiting to exhale for quite some time. That release comes in a burst of creativity for this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Theater: Beware the Ides of March & Beware Missing "Julius Caesar!"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two of my favorite theatrical venues have combined to offer an exciting new production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's the best Julius Caesar I've ever seen and certainly one of the top shows of the year.

7 Actors Who've Played Romeo Montague

Amy Helmes | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Amy Helmes

In anticipation of this month's theatrical release of Romeo and Juliet, I have rounded up the Hollywood hotties who are always welcome at our metaphorical balcony (and those which, arguably, ought to be banished).

Stage Door: Romeo and Juliet

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"My only love springs from my only hate," bemoans Juliet. She's a Capulet and her beloved Romeo, a Montague, hail from rival families that despise each other. While the hatred is primal, this rendition of Romeo and Juliet adds another ripple: Juliet is black.

8 Pieces Of Wisdom From The Plays Of Shakespeare

Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

At the Top of My Lungs: All the World's a Stage

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Initially I was told that my cancer was Stage IV. This is the worst stage. There is no Stage V. If there were, it would be, "Exit stage left."

Brave New Voices, Detroit to Chicago and the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

August 7, 2013: The first thing that I heard on my car radio this morning was our public radio station WDET sounding the call to support Detroit's Br...

The Many Faces of Harry Lennix

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Harry Lennix is an actor's actor, and 2013 is proving to be a banner year with a string of starring roles including NBC's highly anticipated new series The Blacklist alongside James Spader.

New Routes To Shakespeare

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

I'm unable to see a Shakespeare play without thinking of my late mother. "How sweet," you think, "He and his mother must have shared many great eveni...

The Rhymers' Club, Part One: Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Would you like to understand Bob Dylan? Get in line. You can, however, understand, and appreciate more through his view of them, some of the writers who've had an influence on Dylan as an artist. Edgar Allan Poe, the fender-bender poet is a writer who matters to Dylan, and has for a long time.

Recognizing That Poets Don't Peak Early: T.S. Eliot Reads Shakespeare

David Galenson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

T.S. Eliot was the quintessential conceptual young genius. The extended and gradual growth of the experimental Shakespeare was clearly puzzling, and perhaps uncomfortable, to the conceptual Eliot, whose own life cycle of creativity was so different.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Othello," "Strange Interlude," August Strindberg, Peter Nichols

David Finkle | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If you don't mind an Othello (Adrian Lester) and an Iago (Rory Kinnear) policing Cyprus in desert fatigues and a Desdemona (Olivia Vinall) who arrives...

Gregory Beyer: 'Thou Common Whore of Mankind,' and Other Shakespeare Lines About our Messed-Up Relationship with Money

Gregory Beyer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books
Gregory Beyer

In addition to his timeless observations on love and death and empire and pretty much every other aspect of the human experience, Shakespeare devoted quite a bit of ink to money and how it affects us.

Aisle View: Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Errors -- of identification, understanding and more -- abound in the Public Theater's current Shakespeare in the Park offering, The Comedy of Errors.