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Goodman's Robert Falls Talks Shakespeare, Brian Dennehy ... and Ron Jeremy on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Robert Falls, the Artistic Director for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, stopped by The Interview Show to talk with me about his new production of Measure for Measure, why Shakespeare is usually boring, how to direct Brian Dennehy, and lots more.

The Winter Of Our Discontents

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

It was the quintessential evening of contentment. That is, until this ostentatious and well-to-do couple sat down at the table beside us. From the moment they took possession of their seats, nothing was right. The room was too cold. Then, it was too hot. The music too loud; then not loud enough.

Christopher Rosen

Joss Whedon's One Regret About His New Movie

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment

For Joss Whedon, to write and read comes by nature. On a two-week break from completing "Marvel's The Avengers" in 2011, Whedon summoned a bunch of hi...

WATCH: Joss Whedon's Shakespeare Movie

Posted 03.07.2013 | Entertainment

How did Joss Whedon celebrate the end of shooting on "Marvel's The Avengers"? By getting a bunch of friends together at his house and adapting the Wil...

"Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman!" - Not So Much. An Interview With "Woman of Will" Creator and Star Tina Packer

Carey Purcell | Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

Women of Will is an examination of the women in Shakespeare's works, in which Packer performs every single female role with co-star Nigel Gore, as well as delivering short lectures on each of the segments in the show.

Historical Fictions: Stranger than Truth?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Evan Gottlieb

This awards season, several movies that contended for Best Picture prizes came in for an unusual degree of scrutiny regarding their historical accuracy -- or lack of it. But playing fast and loose with history is nothing new.

'Much Ado About Nothing' Is A Must-See

AP | By JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" benefits from a lighthearted approach and an evenly-matched pair of verbal jousters ...

Love Might Be Blind, but She Is Rarely Deaf

Jag Bhalla | Posted 04.16.2013 | Science
Jag Bhalla

Love might be blind, but she is rarely deaf: Language and love have always been intimately entangled. Indeed Darwin believed love was one of the main ...

If You Care About Shakespeare at All, Get Thee to Women of Will

Carey Purcell | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

"Why would a card-carrying feminist spend all her time with a dead white male?" Why, indeed? The answer can be found in Women of Will, Tina Packer's exploration of women in the Shakespearean canon.

Can Shakespeare Help You Score This Valentine's Day?

Amy Helmes | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

Want to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Forget flowers and chocolate -- a soliloquy just might do the trick. After all, William Shakespeare isn't known as the "Bawdy Bard" for nothing.

Royal Shakespeare Company Goes All Out This Year

AP | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts

LONDON — "Doctor Who" star David Tennant is returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company this year to play a troubled king in "Richard II." Tenna...

Shakespeare Is Hot Again

Lesleyann Coker | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Lesleyann Coker

A slew of current projects -- ranging from young adult novels to television to a rumored Anne Hathaway film -- aim to make Shakespeare accessible to a contemporary audience.

What She's Doing Next

Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

Fresh off her Golden Globes win for Best Supporting Actress, "Les Miserables" star Anne Hathaway has apparently found her next film. According to TheW...

CultureZohn: I Spent New Year's Eve With Richard Burton

Patricia Zohn | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Patricia Zohn

It had taken all fall to try to set this up -- and I even had to take a back seat to Lindsay Lohan. But it was worth the wait. Richard Burton was the kind of man I had always imagined for whom one could throw everything over. We all get crushes on movie stars and rock stars but Burton was something unique.

To Tweet Or Not to Tweet? Shakespeare Plays Retold, Twitter-Style

Amy Helmes | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

We're such Shakespeare nerds (#humblebrag), we've gone and summarized the legendary playwright's works into "twitter speak" of 140 characters or less. Brevity is, after all, the soul of wit!

Interview With Kim Askew and Amy Helmes About Their Twisted Lit Series

Nicki Richesin | Posted 02.15.2013 | Books
Nicki Richesin

Whether you're still searching for a holiday gift for your choosiest bookish friend or a gripping read for yourself, may I recommend the new Twisted Lit series?

An Unknown Hero Named Dietrich

William Dietrich | Posted 02.02.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

Names are powerful in helping define who we are. Now, just in time for the movie of The Hobbit, I've discovered -- much to my surprise -- a legendary and heroic Dietrich who lent fuel to Tolkien's tale and many others.

When Does Quoting Poetry in Movies Work?

John Lundberg | Posted 02.02.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

So when are poems used appropriately in movies? They tend to work in two cases: when the grandeur of a scene is already elevated, or when a scene brings the grandeur of a poem down to its level. I've collected a few of my favorite examples.

Why Watch Shakespeare: All the Stage's a World

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

This year I finished a project I began more than half a lifetime ago. I finally watched every one of William Shakespeare's 38 plays performed in a theatre.

Friends and Your Money: Hanging Onto Both of Them

Don McNay | Posted 01.15.2013 | Money
Don McNay

Since family and friends are the primary reasons that people blow a lump sum, if you can invest in good quality relationships, you can go a long way toward maintaining financial success as well.

Hamlet and our Problems: Reimagining and Recharging Teachers in the Era of Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Stephen Chiger

If learning is so great, after all, shouldn't our students see us doing it all the time? Shouldn't we be encouraged to be hungry for new ideas the way we tell our children to be?

Is 'Shakespeare' Bad Branding?

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Howard Sherman

If Shakespeare is less prominent on the stage, perhaps it is best to not fly him as the company banner, especially since conventional wisdom holds that many people find the works of the playwright to be difficult and off-putting, a perception aided by years of dull literature teachers in secondary schools.

The App's The Thing To Get Your Kids Into Shakespeare

Reuters | Natasha Baker | Posted 01.04.2013 | Technology

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - William Shakespeare's plays are getting a 21st century-style makeover in the form of new apps for ...

An Apology for a Youngin's Bookshelf

Sarah Alban | Posted 01.01.2013 | College
Sarah Alban

I got caught reading Craig Ferguson's memoir, American on Purpose, today. What I said to the educated professional thumbing through my diversion was, "You should've caught me Monday. I was reading about Shakespeare, which is much more impressive." The first part of that's true.

6 Political Tips From Shakespeare

Amy Helmes | Posted 01.01.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

From the adage-filled tragedy Hamlet to the pastoral comedy As You Like It, the Bard's plays are veritable gold mines of advice for politician.