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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.

On Miley, Shakespeare and the Cult of Sustainability

Emily Sloan-Pace | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Emily Sloan-Pace

The realities that prompted this post remain; a nation-wide conversation rages on about the state of contemporary culture via the body of a 20-year-old woman, all the while a national theater company shutters its doors with nary a whisper.

Natalie Portman Drops Big Role

Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment

"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" That's what we'd like to think Natalie Portman said of her role as Lady Macbeth before she dropped the project. No...

NYC-ARTS Top Five: Gladys Knight & The O'Jays, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

NYC-ARTS | Posted 10.13.2013 | New York
NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. The NYC-ARTS top five is your cheat sheet to what's hot before it hits the radar. Get the top five in your inbox e...

Shakespeare Heads To A New York City Parking Lot

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Acting in one of Shakespeare's plays is difficult enough without having to dodge a 3,600-pound SUV. That's just one of the challenge...

Brush Up Your (Adapted) Shakespeare

Jake Perlman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Entertainment
Jake Perlman

Shakespeare's work and legacy have lasted hundreds of years and across the entire world because of its universal themes that every generation and culture can connect to. The legacy is still evolving every year with the countless Shakespeare adaptations that are produced every year for film, stage and beyond.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.

The Many Faces of Harry Lennix

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Harry Lennix is an actor's actor, and 2013 is proving to be a banner year with a string of starring roles including NBC's highly anticipated new series The Blacklist alongside James Spader.

Sex and the Novelist

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

When I first began writing novels, I used to think a lot about sex. It was, of course, before everything changed.

On, Wisconsin! And the World Premiere at Victory Gardens

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

I'm not sure what All My Sons has in common with Antony and Cleopatra, or Molly Sweeney with Dickens in America; but the first four plays of the American Players Theatre season in Spring Green, Wisconsin, were clearly chosen with cross-referencing in mind.

15 Movies That Were Based On Poems

| Max Minckler for Riffle | Posted 07.24.2013 | Books

First published on Riffle. From Homer to Disney, and Dr. Seuss to Charles Bukowski, many famous poems and poets have made the leap from book to box...

Writing What's Maybe Almost Halfway Brave

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 09.20.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

It was with an expansive sense of our own good fortune that we sat to listen to Cheryl Strayed's keynote, maybe the most generous writer-to-writer talk I've ever heard.

Mexicans Ain't White: The Gus Garcia Story

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

What evidence did he present, which metaphors did he use, which rhetorical strategies did he utilize for his legal argument that swayed the United States Supreme Court to finally recognize us and ensure that we would be granted all the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution?

All The Word's A Stage... Literally

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts

LONDON — Shakespeare's Globe theater is about to take the Bard's words literally – "All the world's a stage." The London theater announce...

New Routes To Shakespeare

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

I'm unable to see a Shakespeare play without thinking of my late mother. "How sweet," you think, "He and his mother must have shared many great ev...

Autocorrect Fails And The History Of Literature

Alfie Bown | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Tech
Alfie Bown

A popular entertainment on the Internet is the 'autocorrect fail' compilation, capitalizing on the tendency of smart phones to automatically 'correct' otherwise innocuous text messages into absurd and often obscene nonsense.

Brutal 'Macbeth' Scenes Cleared With CU-Boulder Police

The Boulder Daily Camera | BRITTANY ANAS | Posted 08.28.2013 | Denver

Leading up to an intense gunfight scene in a rehearsal of "Macbeth" on Thursday, weapons director Geoffrey Kent gave a rallying call to actors: "Are y...

Boys and Girls Together

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

Once upon a time Joss Whedon wrote a TV show about a teenage girl who was basically Superman. Not a muscle-bound dull pretty-boy movie Superman but a ...

Recognizing That Poets Don't Peak Early: T.S. Eliot Reads Shakespeare

David Galenson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

T.S. Eliot was the quintessential conceptual young genius. The extended and gradual growth of the experimental Shakespeare was clearly puzzling, and perhaps uncomfortable, to the conceptual Eliot, whose own life cycle of creativity was so different.

Meet The Next King Lear

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Frank Langella will be taking on one of Shakespeare's greatest roles – King Lear – and letting audiences in two countries...

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.