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13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Strength Training Our Memories

Tom Morris | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

What's the single most common complaint in old age? If you can't remember having read this before, then likely you've already got it -- a problem with memory. It's nearly universal at a certain point in life. So, I decided to start working on this whole issue by memorizing lots of stuff. Maybe it's like a muscle, I surmised. Use it or lose it.

10 Questions With Orlando Theatre Director and Actor Scott Browning

Jason Derr | Posted 04.04.2014 | Arts
Jason Derr

In the nineties I was a college student at an uptight Evangelical college in a small town in Virginia. Whatever its drawbacks the experience put me in...

Mike Huckabee Turned My Girlfriend into a Sex Maniac

John Blumenthal | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

When my girlfriend, Myra, took birth control pills she was rarely in the mood for sex. At first, whenever the prospect of intercourse... ahem... arose...

Dichotomy

David Sable | Posted 03.29.2014 | Media
David Sable

Next time you read a nasty post anywhere, think on that point because that in fact is the point: The whole damn thing was created to facilitate worthwhile dialogue -- to get another point of view, to expand our perspective. That was and is the point.

Christopher Plummer at the Ahmanson Theatre

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

photo by Craig Schwartz Who knew that Christopher Plummer could do brilliant standup comedy? One could be confident that the 84-year old lion of ...

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'... Again

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Tom Stoppard's first big hit starred two unlikely heroes — a pair of insignificant characters lifted from "Hamlet." "R...

What It Was Like To Watch Shakespeare 400 Years Ago

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — Shakespeare's Globe in London is adding two innovations in its quest to give audiences a sense of theater as it was 400 years ago: a r...

There's No Downton It -- Americans Love Brit Culture

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Downton is the most watched show in PBS' history, but it's by no means Britain's only success story on U.S. television. Few cultural partnerships can match ours for closeness or longevity.

The Conscience of the King

Bruce Helander | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Bruce Helander

Tony Scherman is a painter's painter, because other painters who paint with a seriousness of purpose immediately recognize in his distinctive work a high command of skill, idiosyncratic maturity, captivating inventiveness, and an obvious love of picture-making.

Kim the Third

John Feffer | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Kim the Third might seem, with his Falstaffian girth, more a figure of humor than a figure to be feared. Appearances have proven deceiving. He has quickly demonstrated that, like his grandfather, he will act decisively and ruthlessly to maintain his perch.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

A Grave Man: A Short Interview with Romeo and Juliet's Christian Camargo

Danny Groner | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

The Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet offers a new view on a storied tale. Among the standout performers is Christian Camargo, in the role of Me...

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.