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The Lithgow Lear

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Put Daniel Sullivan together with a great play and a highly-respected, award-winning actor like John Lithgow and you're likely to get an illuminating and theatrical rendition of the work, with flashes of lightning for sure.

Watch: John Lithgow, King Lear and Our Uncertain World

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why are we so drawn these days to the tale of Lear and his dysfunctional family? John Lithgow, the award-winning actor and writer, is playing him right now in The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production. This week he talks to Bill.

The Shocks Keep Reverberating This Glorious World Cup in Brazil

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.21.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

This great World Cup 2014 of shocks and beautiful, counterattacking football continued on, in its three Friday games, with even more treats being offered up this weekend -- Germany vs Ghana on June 21, Belgium vs Russia, and Dempsey's USA vs Ronaldo's Portugal on June 22.

First Nighter: Simon Russell Beale Monarchic in HD 'King Lear'

David Finkle | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

It would be folly to claim this is the greatest Lear yet seen, but it's surely no exaggeration to declare it's right up there with the best of them.

First Nighter: Arin Arbus's King Lear, David Herskovitz's Uriel Acosta

David Finkle | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plays are revelations. Good plays, that is, and the better a play, the more revelatory it can be. And let's just say King Lear -- now at Theatre For a New Audience with Arin Arbus directing Michael Pennington in the title role -- easily falls into the better-play category.

Tortured Souls Tell Great Stories

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Worthy fiction draws us into a world where the characters are emotionally driven and tortured. Their mistakes and triumphs must resonate as real. Human nature doesn't change.

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.

Dick Cheney Thrust Into 'King Lear'

Howard Fineman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Political dramas in the nation's capital usually partake more of Scandal or SNL than of Shakespeare, but we may need the Bard's unrivaled eye for profound family discord to tell the full story of the Cheneys right now. There are more than a few similarities between former Vice President Dick Cheney and King Lear: old men obsessed with the loss of power, attempting to pass their kingdoms on to ambitious daughters, each served by a loyal Fool for whom he cared to a pitiable degree. Cheney's even had the (White House) court jester's name of "Scooter." Like Lear, Dick Cheney seems destined to watch his family torn apart by his daughters' ambitions and beliefs -- and his own hubris.

First Nighter: Neat Tricks Pulled Off in Beckett's All That Fall, Nothing to Hide

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Samuel Beckett wanted his plays done exactly as he wrote them and as he particularized them in his stage directions. Don't think of adding even a second tree, for instance, to the Waiting for Godot set.

Shakespeare -- War With the 'Unknown' Is Futile -- An Argument Against Intervention in Syria

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

There is the old cliché, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. In King Lear, his treacherous daughter, Goneril, ironically speaks a great truth, even though she is using it to incite the death of her father.

Meet The Next King Lear

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Frank Langella will be taking on one of Shakespeare's greatest roles – King Lear – and letting audiences in two countries...

Jane Austen Weekly: The End

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Austen died before putting the final polish on Persuasion. She was only forty-one. But "in fiction, . . . blessedly, the dead return to life." Despite her fears about women writers, Jane Austen never was deserted. Her influence is endless. The pen remains in her hand.

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

Top 10 Most Disturbing Shakespeare Deaths

Posted 06.22.2012 | Books

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, we're featuring some of our favorite archival pieces about his life and work. This one was first published in Aug...

Amy Lee

Does Shakespeare's Bleakest Play Work For Children?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

"So great is the suffering depicted in Shakespeare's 'King Lear' that one has trouble finding the words to write about it," begins the Folger Shakespe...

The Torture Of Playing King Lear

AP | By JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 10.11.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- On a "King Lear" day, the torture starts early in the morning for Greg Hicks. Even before the actor opens his eyes in his hotel room, the...

Top 10 Most Disturbing Shakespeare Deaths

Posted 04.22.2012 | Books

He is known for penning some of the most beautiful romances in literary history but, when writing tragedies, Shakespeare's murderous imagination ran w...

Need A Good Insult? Ask The Bard

Posted 09.16.2011 | Books

William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest English writer to ever have lived. He was, of course, a true master of words. But just as...

Getting to Know Sir Derek Jacobi -- an Interview With BAM's King Lear

Lily Bevan | Posted 07.25.2011 | Arts
Lily Bevan

All the rhythm is artificially created in a film -- in the theatre when the curtain goes up you are your own man, and it's terrifying -- there's no safety net.

A Slice of Keach: Stage, Screen and Sparring

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Stacy Keach, who received acclaim with his breakthrough role as a boxer in John Huston's Fat City, returns to television on the new acclaimed F/X show Lights Out.

Brush up Your Shakespeare! (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Shakespeare's plays have been the stuff of inspiration for playwrights, composers, and film directors. Here are a few of the best and worst attempts to re-imagine the Bard.

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

First Nighter: Young Women Behave Badly in Bachelorette and So Does Bachelorette

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Now at Second Stage Uptown we're given 29-year-old Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, which takes place in a hotel room the night before a wedding.

Pranks Gone Too Far in Shakespeare and South Hadley

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

The bullying and abuse the Bard portrays in the torment of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was done by nine teenagers in South Hadley, Mass. against high school freshman Phoebe Prince.