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Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare and Acting, According to 5th Graders

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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.

The Lithgow Lear

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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.

Hamlet's Hardy Fan Base: Shakespeare Returns to Royal Oak, July 31 to August 10

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.30.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Most of the cast, crew, ushers, and bartenders work for the love of the play. And, as sure as the Scottish King's name will not be used -- this entire troupe can be certain of one thing -- a tempest of rain.

'Romeo and Juliet' Review: Classical Theater of Harlem Earns Its Stripes

Mark Canavera | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Mark Canavera

The production never sacrifices the centrality of the spoken word in its endeavor to bring the story to life. The supporting cast members are largely effective, confident with language and deliberate in their performances.

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Stage Door: Much Ado About Nothing

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Many have attempted to bring Shakespeare forward to the present-day by banishing all sense of antiquity. Few are able to retain all sense of the original, while illustrating how timeless the story can be. The cast and crew of Much Ado have achieved it.

Aisle View: An Enchanted Much Ado

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Much Ado About Nothing with Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, under the direction of Jack O'Brien beneath the stars at the Delacorte in Central Park. What doesn't sound enchanting about that?

For the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A few weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so great. My allergies were bothering me and I was tired, as I often am this time of year. Then I went to the theater. Miraculously I felt better during Act One.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Stage Door: Love's Labour's Lost, Ute Lemper

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Hijinks, miscommunication, flirtation and youthful excess are the backdrop to one of Shakespeare's most accessible comedies, Love's Labour's Lost, at Central Park's Delacorte Theater.

First Nighter: "Love's Labour's Lost" Loses More Than Wins in the Park; Downtown's "Under the Greenwood Tree" As You'll Like It

David Finkle | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It would be a pleasant chore to report that Shakespeare in the Park's Love's Labour's Lost is an amusingly silly musical tribute to the Bard, as it's ...

Shakespeare in the Park -- Another Year of Spreading the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My love of Shakespeare in the Park is sort of limitless, which is odd because my love of Shakespeare is not. Every year, even years when I don't have a fond affection for the play being performed (like this year's Comedy of Errors), I look forward to going.

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.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks Shakespeare In The Park

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts

Amid the launch of Tie the Knot's spring collection, his continued work on "Modern Family" and his red-carpet photobombs, it's a wonder Jesse Tyler Fe...

Jesse Tyler Ferguson In 'Comedy Of Errors'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Jesse Tyler Ferguson is heading from modern to classic – the "Modern Family" star is going to star this summer in William Shake...

Lessons I Learned Waiting on Line

Leah Griesmann | Posted 12.25.2012 | Arts
Leah Griesmann

For those who can't afford to purchase tickets to Shakespeare in the Park there are two options that don't involve money -- a lottery and a line.

The Search for the Real: Part 2

James Franco | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
James Franco

Spalding Gray's Morning, Noon and Night is charming and disarming. I kept wondering how this book could be so engrossing while being so deceptively simple. I think there are two things that are going on.

A 'G-Rated' Version Of 'Into The Woods'

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.22.2012 | Arts

This afternoon, The Public Theater will present a family friendly matinee of Into The Woods, performing only the first act of the musical. The Sondhei...

Stage Door: Into The Woods

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.10.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Based on the Regent's Park production in London, this Into the Woods is extraordinary theater. A treasure trove of psychological insights is neatly gleaned from the interlocking stories of fairy tale characters.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine Go 'Into the Woods' and Get Lost

David Finkle | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine want to make damn sure you know that life is made of the occasional modest high and the frequent devastating low. Sondheim has always hewed to his motivating themes of ambivalence and ambiguity.

Six Picks for This Week from The Family Savvy

Sarah Bowman | Posted 10.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Sarah Bowman

Almost every family has a couple of shows they watch or record religiously, and the "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" at the FIDM Museum now offers a way to get even closer to the magic of the small screen.

Broadway Actress Ignites Firestorm After Bashing Amy Adams Musical

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 07.27.2012 | Home

"Godspell" actress Morgan James ignited a firestorm on twitter this week after she tweeted a scathing review of Into the Woods at the Delacorte Theate...

Is Shakespeare Crowding Out Everyone Else?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home

Over at The Guardian, Lyn Gardner questions the wisdom of funding Shakespeare. By her research, Shakespeare continues to dominate the British theater ...

And Maybe It's Really Magic

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.22.2012 | New York
Cara Joy David

This week Into the Woods starts, making it Sondheim in the Park as opposed to Shakespeare in the Park, and it will be the toughest ticket the Delacorte has had in a while.