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Walkabout: David Garrick and Unexpected Harmony in the Library

Barry Singer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Barry Singer

Presented by an entity that calls itself "New York's Piney Fork Press Theatre," the reading took place at a New York Public Library branch I'd also never heard of: the George Bruce branch on West 125th Street.

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

A Drag Queen Queers Shakespeare

Michael Carosone | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Yes, even Shakespeare must be queered (well, it's already been done, but I'm going to do it again). And what better way to queer Shakespeare than by ...

9 Books That Steve Jobs Thought Everybody Should Read

Business Insider | Drake Baer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

Why did Apple think different? Because, Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company. "The reason t...

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...

4 Things I Learned When I Wrote Macbeth

Ian Lendler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Books
Ian Lendler

For me, Macbeth is the play that I co-wrote with Shakespeare. Okay, technically I just adapted it into a graphic novel for kids, but by sticking my head under the hood and seeing how the play's engine worked, I learned some interesting things along the way.

Abortion: Four Centuries & Counting

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Was the abortion debate really going on four hundred+ years ago? Indeed. And who knew?

REVIEW: Mats Ek's 'Juliet & Romeo' by Royal Swedish Ballet

Meghan Feeks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

What's in a name? In the case of Mats Ek's Juliet & Romeo, which Royal Swedish Ballet presented last week at Sadler's Wells, the switched-up name is just the first of many nuances that make a poignant case for this new version of an old classic.

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...

Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.20.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.

Joe Biden: Shakespearean Wordsmith

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

By invoking Shylock, the villain of The Merchant of Venice, Biden trafficked in one of the most insidious stereotypes about Jews, that the people of the book are unethical money lenders.

Joe Biden Apologizes For Using Term Some Deem Offensive Toward Jews

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Wednesday for using the term "Shylocks," which some Jews deem offensive, in a Tuesday speech for the Legal Serv...

ISIS vs ISIL -- What's in a Name?

Howard Barbanel | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

Within any given newscast, we can see Administration spokespeople wax on about ISIL while the anchors, analysts and correspondents keep saying ISIS, sometimes directly to one another within the same conversation. How are we to agree on a long term strategy to eradicate this evil if we can't agree on what to call them?

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

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.

"Visions" a Talk With Kelley Armstrong

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Kelley Armstrong has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen of which have been part of her Women of the Otherworld series. Her novels blend suspense and the supernatural.

Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes? Shakespeare's Views on Aging Aren't That Simple

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

If Shakespeare were alive today, it's likely that he would be writing very differently about the experience of aging, time, and death. People live longer and, at least in developed countries, are in far better mental and physical health than they were in Elizabethan England.

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The App for Our Time

Jill Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

I reviewed last year's production right around this time. I wanted to watch this show every night, laughing, engaged by the lyric, mythic and wacky action.

Robin Williams, Hamlet and the Undiscovered Country

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom wrote a book some years ago, titled Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. The book might also have been titled, Hamlet: Character Unlimited, for the Prince of Denmark, like Shakespeare's tragedy itself, cannot be reduced to anything.

'Romantic Romeo' From Captivate Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

Romantic Romeo is the first of the "They Do Not Deserve to Die" series from director Sally Lyall and musical director Tommie Travers. The duo have concocted a hilarious formula to introduce Shakespeare's plots to young 'uns.

Something Wonderful in Denmark: Hamlet at the UN

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Evelyn Leopold

As far as Security Council presidencies go, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant began his stint with a splash -- a live performance of the Globe Theatre's Hamlet to an enthusiastic crowd at the United Nations.

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest Vocabulary, Revamped

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment

A couple months ago, Matt Daniels wowed wordsmiths and hip-hop enthusiasts alike with his hip-hop flow chart. It ranked 85 rappers by the size of the ...

A Pox on Both Their Houses: The Impeach Obama Drama or Why Americans Are So Fed Up With Washington

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

It would almost be amusing if it wasn't for the fact that the world is in chaos. And things aren't much better at home where, among other things, we've got a humanitarian crisis at the border.

How We Treat Others

Tom Morris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

How we treat others is really in the end how we treat ourselves. Our outer conduct always has inner results. In a great little passage from Shakesp...