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The Title Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

A great title is an art form unto itself. Indeed, a great title does not necessarily signify a great book and vice versa.

The Elephant and the Mouse in Edinburgh

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Too often, Americans especially view theater as something that is only done in the English-speaking world. One of the coolest things about Edinburgh is finding a hidden gem from the great big wide world of theater, done by companies outside the U.S. and UK.

Poetry and the Bottom Line

John Lundberg | Posted 08.12.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

Does poetry have something to teach the business world? Simon Bainbridge, a literature professor at Lancaster University, believes it does.

Another Iago at Work in Oak Creek Massacre

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2012 | Crime
Robert David Jaffee

Most mass shooting gunmen live not necessarily in a world of psychosis but rather by an ethos of hatred and sadism. These killers adhere to the philosophy of Iago, who proclaims "I am not what I am," a nihilistic credo that attempts to refute Yahweh's life-affirming "I am what I am" code.

My Medicare Milestone

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Fifty
Joe Peyronnin

Today I crossed a major milestone: I now qualify for Medicare. Yes, I am a Baby Boomer, and I am proud of it!

Livestreamed OP Shakespeare Performance by International Cast

Beth Burns | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
Beth Burns

"Ambitious" is a word that gets used a lot in describing the Hidden Room's production of Rose Rage. We get it. It is ambitious, no doubt, and also it was kind of inevitable.

Hallie Sekoff

Why Staging Shakespeare In Jails Can Make A Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home

Two years ago the Public Theater revived founder Joseph Papp’s visionary Shakespeare initiative to bring free theater to communities with little or ...

Richard III

Vicky Shorr | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
Vicky Shorr

This play, he told us, can in fact be viewed as a propaganda piece, justifying that act of usurpation. Shakespeare? As an apparatchik? Who knew??

Is Shakespeare Crowding Out Everyone Else?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home

Over at The Guardian, Lyn Gardner questions the wisdom of funding Shakespeare. By her research, Shakespeare continues to dominate the British theater ...

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Suggestions for Shakespeare Lovers

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom, the greatest literary critic of our time, has accrued so much wisdom because he is our foremost reader with a deep, deep love for poetry. Sadly, many of the comments on my last piece showed me that a number of people lack the wisdom of Bloom.

Stratford, Canada: A Place Where Beauty Matters

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 09.06.2012 | Travel
Olga Bonfiglio

My annual pilgrimage to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival stimulated the thought once again about what it's like to be in a community that devotes itself to beauty. That beauty matters in a town of Stratford's size and geography is not only unusual these days, but it summons a reflection about what beauty entails and why it is important for our lives.

Brush Up on Your Shakespeare, David Brooks

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Robert David Jaffee

David Brooks refers to Henry V as "one of Shakespeare's most appealing characters," but any sophisticated reader knows that Prince Hal is not in the least appealing. Yes, a shallow reader might think that Prince Hal is the "rambunctious" youth hailed by Brooks, but that is a cliché.

PHOTOS: Shakespeare 'As You Like It': Free!

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 06.27.2012 | Los Angeles

Now this truly is "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The Independent Shakespeare Company is resuming its annual series of free Shakespeare performances i...

In Clybourne Park, President Obama Would Be an Impossibility

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Imagine it again: Not just a few but a majority of those voting in 2008 were enlightened hearts and they made electoral history. But not one of them is onstage in Clybourne Park. How then is this play, as The New York Times' theatre critic claims, "ferociously smart"?

Theater: Glorious "As You Like It;" "Harvey" Not Invisible Enough

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

AS YOU LIKE IT **** out of **** HARVEY * out of **** AS YOU LIKE IT **** out of **** SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK It rained on and off throughout the ent...

'Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Spin-Offs (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Katherine Patke | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment

There's been a lot of talk about the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" movie, not least of all because the premise sounds slightly absurd and...

The New Model, Part 1

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.18.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

We in the arts face major challenges, including, but certainly not limited to, the short-term economic situation in which we all work. But simply suggesting that 'things must change' without giving us concrete proposals is not helpful. What exactly do these people mean by 'old models' anyway?

Rain, Car Alarms, Raccoons: The Magic Of Shakespeare In The Park

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Liev Schreiber will never forget the beautiful white bird that showed up mysteriously during a performance of "Othello." It was the ...

Summer Theater Festivals Arrive In America's Ski Towns

Liftopia | Posted 08.13.2012 | Travel
Liftopia

Here are some of the gnarliest theater festivals and companies near the slopes.

Should Shakespeare Be Modernized?

A.J. Hartley | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
A.J. Hartley

I mean, Shakespeare's words were pretty good the first time around. Why bother trying to reinvent a fast and elegant wheel?

Remains Of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre Found

Posted 08.06.2012 | Home

Jill Lawless, The Associated Press LONDON — Archaeologists in London have discovered the remains of an Elizabethan theater where some of William ...

Curse of the Scottish Play -- the Opposite of Life

Gerit Quealy | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
Gerit Quealy

Ghosts and vampires and zombies, who cares? Movies can't hurt you, but the curse of Macbeth in the theater is real.

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

The Glories of Caesar -- Patriotism, Ambition, Corruption

David Behling | Posted 07.25.2012 | College
David Behling

Shakespeare's play, however, is more about politics than it is about ancient heroes, about the politics of Rome as the elected government gave way to dictatorship. It's a story about patriotism and corruption, about conspiracies and alliances.