iOS app Android app

Shakespeare

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.

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?