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Mark Rylance Finds the Humor in Shakespeare's Evil King

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Shakespeare's Globe staging of Richard III is an eye-opener to the possibility of a demented, power-hungry, serial killer being a stand-up comedian. Or such was the case at a recent performance.

'Star Trek' Is Just As 'Valid' As Shakespeare

Posted 11.17.2013 | TV

Patrick Stewart knows his work as Captain Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is just as important as his classic stage work. "If I've had a...

"Twelfth Night": Hilarity and Romance in Shakespeare's England

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Twelfth Night was probably written in 1600 or 1601, based on some topical references, but improbable as the plot may be, it has never lost relevancy for anyone in love or who thinks he or she is in love.

Ship of Fools

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

In a city where culture is rather nascent and there is no rich history of the arts, it's exciting to see parents educating their teens to appreciate the nuances of Verdi's masterpiece.

The Literary Origins of Halloween

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

The word 'horripilation' is a suitably horrific-sounding Halloween word; first recorded in a dictionary of 1656, it refers to the sensation when the hairs on the back of the neck stand up.

I Love This Bard: A Short Interview With Improvised Shakespeare's Blaine Swen

Danny Groner | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

On the spot, at each of the five performances, the troupe will perform a fully-improvised and original play in Elizabethan style to the audience's delight.

Ormsby Wilkins Prepares ABT Orchestra for Tempest

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Ormsby Wilkins, Music Director at American Ballet Theatre, is preparing the orchestra for the debut of Alexei Ratmansky's much anticipated new ballet of Shakespeare's The Tempest which is being set to music composed by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

Sex, Lust, Romance and Foreign Policy

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The impact of romance on international affairs could never have been more evident than during the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, an episode still hailed as one of the most important diplomatic events in modern history.

Fact or Fiction? 9 Unusual Author Deaths

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Sometimes authors don't shuffle off this mortal coil quietly or -- for want of a better word -- normally. Sometimes they meet a sticky and untimely end, and sometimes myths build up around an author's demise and we come to accept legend as fact.

New 'Romeo & Juliet' Doesn't Come With Much Passion

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 10.11.2013 | Entertainment

-- It is surely a bad sign for any "Romeo and Juliet" when its most pulse-quickening moments come from Paul Giamatti. This latest adaption of the Sh...

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.

"Perpetual Delight": 10 Questions for Poet Ron Padgett

Travis Nichols | Posted 12.07.2013 | Books
Travis Nichols

Ron Padgett is a national treasure. He's published, edited, and translated dozens of collections of poetry and prose, and over the past fifty years he has been an influential and necessary force in American letters.

E tu, Angelino?

Barry Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barry Strauss

Silvio Berlusconi, the longtime strongman of the Italian right, has been brought down -- at the age of 77, probably for good. Some observers express surprise at the man who held the dagger, but they really shouldn't. Any reader of Shakespeare could have predicted it.

'Peony Pavilion,' the Romeo and Juliet of the East

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

What you should know first and foremost about The Peony Pavilion, a 16th-century Chinese musical drama about love, death, and resurrection -- and arguably the most famous of all Kunqu Operas -- is that its poetry can kill. It has killed before.

Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

A glittering success as a writer when he was just 24, Fitzgerald died 20 years later still a young man, with most of his works unread by the public in 1940, and his status as one of the finest, and most popular, American writers yet to be established.

A Strindberg Rarity -- Mr. Bengt's Wife -- An Answer to Ibsen's A Doll's House?

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Mr. Bengt's Wife, in its American premiere treated me to an insightful view of the master in his early development. A no-holds-barred tale of hysteria, gender expectations and personal redemption, it is the mirror opposite of the mature and organized Ibsen's A Doll's House.

Talking about Art is like Dancing about Architecture

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Renowned performance artist, Laurie Anderson, famously said that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. Every time I go on the air ...

Shakespeare With A Modern Day Twist

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- When Condola Rashad snagged the coveted role of Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom's Romeo on Broadway, she was overjoyed. Now she could get fi...

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.

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...

Brave New Tempest, That Has Such People In It

Howard Sherman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

This Tempest was, like Prospero's isle, full of noises and a wide variety of styles, an at-times almost vaudeville approach to the reworked text, with a wide variety of acts, befitting a production which endeavored to engage the New York community.

New 'Macbeth' Cast Shaping Up To Be Star-Packed

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Reinforcements have arrived for the upcoming cast of "Macbeth" and some big names are joining Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff. Linco...

Tending the Spark

David Kudler | Posted 11.03.2013 | Books
David Kudler

There's the intoxicating flame of creating, of feeling inspiration hit you. And then there's the equally heady, very different feeling of watching someone you've inspired -- a child, a student -- catch fire himself. Sometimes the two come together.

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.

School's Back in Session With William Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Rachel Braun Scherl

And then I saw it -- Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. Now, I have read this book about 1,000 times -- as a kid, to my kids. But as our daughter starts her first day of college, I read its bright, cheerful pages with new eyes.