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Theatre's Problem With "Smash"

Howard Sherman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

If you are looking to read yet another blog post filled with snark for, or describing the "hate watching" of, the television series Smash, this is not...

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.

Men With Brooms: Requiem for an Obscure Canadian Sitcom

Morgan Glennon | Posted 03.06.2012 | TV
Morgan Glennon

Men With Brooms was a sweet little sitcom about a group of friends who hang out in a bar and form a curling team. You know curling, that sport we try to care about during the Winter Olympics.

Broadway Review: Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross Dazzle in a Sparkling Revival of Private Lives

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Noel Coward's timeless comedy opened last week at the Music Box Theatre, and if you have the privilege of seeing Paul Gross's long-awaited Broadway debut, you'll enjoy a nuanced, charismatic star turn.

A Brilliant New Twist On Shakespeare

George Heymont | Posted 09.16.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

A sophisticated, intelligent new variation on Shakespeare's play received a rousing world premiere at the California Shakespeare Theater in a brilliant production conceived, written, directed, and composed by Amanda Dehnert.

DVDs: Johnny Carson Outshines His Boxed Set

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

TONIGHT -- 4 DECADES OF THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON ($119.99; Respond 2 Entertainment) -- Okay, first the content. Johnny Carson is a le...

Brush up Your Shakespeare! (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Shakespeare's plays have been the stuff of inspiration for playwrights, composers, and film directors. Here are a few of the best and worst attempts to re-imagine the Bard.