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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.

Globe to Globe: Shakespeare and Going Beyond Understanding

Beth Burns | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Beth Burns

My concerns about missing the most perfect turns of the English language were largely unfounded. The plays are so good, that in the hands of passionate performers they go beyond the need to comprehend the words to get their meaning.

Your Guide to Surviving Shakespeare in College

Uloop | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Uloop

This is the one time in class where viewing the movie is beneficial. Shakespeare was written as a play, not a book, so seeing the scenes played out is helpful when trying to decipher the plot-line and character motivation.

Folger Library Looks To Bring Shakespeare To Virtual Audience

| Posted 05.15.2012 | DC

By Emily Cahn Roll Call Staff For 80 years, the staff at the Folger Shakespeare Library has worked to make the works of playwright William Shakesp...

How Did William Shakespeare Die?

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

The exact nature of Shakespeare's illness, and subsequent death, remains unknown, and is still the subject of much speculation. Here are the hypotheses currently debated by scholars.

Alien Invasion 2012: Four Humans Who Could Be Aliens

Briony Westinghouse | Posted 06.16.2012 | Weird News
Briony Westinghouse

Briony Westinghouse reporting from the field with Part Two of my investigative series, "Earth Things Which Could Be Aliens." In this segment, I uncover the true identities of high-profile extraterrestrials living among us.

The Week In Art: Cardboard Boxes, Thai Temples And The Bard's Birthday

Posted 04.28.2012 | Arts

This week we saw some crazy art endeavors, whether they involved 24 hours converted into a single photo or drawings that look exactly like photographs...

Is Othello Really Black?

Ben Arogundade | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

William Shakespeare's character Othello is generally regarded as a black African. But is this true? Could he have been an Arab or a Spanish Moor?

Shakespeare's Sonnets Turned Into Pop Songs

The Huffington Post | Amber Genuske | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

Shakespeare may be the most quotable man in history, but is he the most musical? A group of England-based, Renaissance-style musicians seem to think s...