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Actor John Mahoney Hosts the Auditorium Theatre's 125th Gala Celebration

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.19.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

We are our history, are we not? On December 9, the Auditorium Theatre celebrates its 125th Anniversary with a gala dinner and star-studded performance, hosted by actor, John Mahoney. Looking back, what kind of city would Chicago be if it didn't have the Auditorium Theatre?

Jack Fry's Triumphant Einstein! Premieres in Hollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Shifting from autobiography to biography, Fry breathes fresh life into one of history's greatest minds (much like Val Kilmer's brilliant channeling of Mark Twain) with the funny, touching, and intimate, Einstein! at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre Fridays and Saturdays through November 22.

How A Near-Death Experience Inspired Bill Maher's Executive Producer To Write His Latest Play

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

One can only avoid life's big questions for so long. And when writer Scott Carter finally faced those questions, the result was the creation of his...

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What Jefferson, Dickens And Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Exploring The Big Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

In 1804, over three consecutive evenings, President Thomas Jefferson completed a private spiritual project. Using the King James Bible, he took a penk...

Free Shakespeare in the Park Coming Back to Coconut Grove

Tom Falco | Posted 10.14.2014 | Miami
Tom Falco

A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shell Lumber in 2012 Shakespeare Miami is back in Coconut Grove after a one year absence. Coming up in th...

Richard Tanner Conquers Hollywood With His Small Parts

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Tanner confesses he still doesn't know where he fits into Hollywood, and that he's never been the kind of actor who waits for the phone to ring -- so he's created his own production company, the first project being Small Parts.

'The Golem of Hollywood' A Talk With Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jonathan and Jesse have co-authored The Golem of Hollywood, a crime novel with elements of myth and the supernatural.

No Question, These Shakespearean Insults Are The Best Insults

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.25.2014 | Books

Okay, so, the next time somebody grinds your gears, you should definitely throw down with a clever retort like "swaggering rascal." Yes, that's rig...

Shakespeare and Acting, According to 5th Graders

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 11.03.2014 | Comedy
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

It is my hope that these combined essays of a class of NYC 5th graders may serve as a palette cleanser for those of us who may at times be guilty of taking the theatrical arts (or ourselves) a bit too seriously.

Interpreting Waiting for Godot

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | New York
Ioan Marc Jones

The interpretations of Waiting for Godot might be far distant from Beckett's intentions, yet such interpretations are nevertheless intriguing. Some of the most interesting works of interpretation arise by way of theories that seemingly deviate entirely from the artist's objective.

Utah Shakespeare Festival Offers Unique Experience

John M. Eger | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is truly unique. Founded in 1961 and presenting its first season in 1962, the organizers wanted to create something special. And they have.

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall

John Feffer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The German playwright Bertolt Brecht frequently used this "alienation effect" to jolt his audiences from their complacency. Edward Snowden is the Bertolt Brecht of the surveillance age.

A Stravinsky Vaudeville with Claws: The Feather Gatherers

Jody Christopherson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

If the Devil had a band that doubled as a theater production company, that company might the The Drunkards Wife, for nothing this delightfully experimental could be considered holy.

'YO' I'm Not Impressed

Jamie Silverman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Jamie Silverman

Next time you're contemplating sending a "Yo" to a person in the hopes of a positive response, take a step back and consider what yo doing.

Venus in Fur: The Master and the Muse

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Camila Gibran

The first time I ever saw Emmanuelle Seigner I was a 15 year old grunge kid, and she was the gorgeous vulnerable seductress Mimi, intertwined in her husband Roman Polanski's fatally passionate love story Bitter Moon.

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.

Theater: The Mad Ones Navigate The Straight & Narrow

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.26.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's telling that there's no writing credit. The show was "created by the Mad Ones in collaboration with the ensemble." That may be why The Essential Straight & Narrow has a clutch of great characters but a sagging and vague structure.

Fast and Furious: Novels, the Media and Our Changing World

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

While the blending of genres and multiple technologies is fine, some elements of experience seem to suffer. Things are being dumbed (and numbed) down.

Theater: Casa Valentina Half Delights; Act One Fully Exhausts; Mary Martin Mild

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Yes, I know, the next scene lets Moss make peace with his father and it's lovely in the book. But you've got to know how to cut away the underbrush. Kaufman knew. Hart learned. Lapine here, blinded by love, clearly forgot.

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.

In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friends are never very excited about new plays. What is The Realistic Joneses and why did celebrities want to be in it? Is Casa Valentina an atmospheric production where they treat us like we're in a resort?

On the Town: Hobnobbing With High Society at the Mothers and Sons Opening

Suzy Evans | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

The generally spacious, multi-level restaurant was jam-packed with everyone from Nathan Lane to Bernadette Peters, and everywhere you looked, you couldn't help but lock eyes with Victor Garber or rub shoulders (literally) with F. Murray Abraham.

Goodman's Venus in Fur: A Power Play With a Twist

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Where to start with David Ives' twisting, tantalizing and tawdry dark comedy? This is the kind of work that delights and surprises in the moment, yet following the event you begin to look past the intoxicating veneer to unravel the underlying puzzle.

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.

2013 Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions

Brad Schreiber | Posted 03.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Brad Schreiber

You'll see no numbers next to these exemplary, Los Angeles-area theatre productions, for they all deserve the greatest respect.