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Theater: Taymor Spins Web Of Magic; A Promising "Lady In Red"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's just a fancy, but one can't help imagining that after the hellish experience of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, director Julie Taymor has been waiting to exhale for quite some time. That release comes in a burst of creativity for this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Theater: Beware the Ides of March & Beware Missing "Julius Caesar!"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two of my favorite theatrical venues have combined to offer an exciting new production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's the best Julius Caesar I've ever seen and certainly one of the top shows of the year.

7 Actors Who've Played Romeo Montague

Amy Helmes | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Amy Helmes

In anticipation of this month's theatrical release of Romeo and Juliet, I have rounded up the Hollywood hotties who are always welcome at our metaphorical balcony (and those which, arguably, ought to be banished).

Stage Door: Romeo and Juliet

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"My only love springs from my only hate," bemoans Juliet. She's a Capulet and her beloved Romeo, a Montague, hail from rival families that despise each other. While the hatred is primal, this rendition of Romeo and Juliet adds another ripple: Juliet is black.

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...

At the Top of My Lungs: All the World's a Stage

Jennifer Glass | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Initially I was told that my cancer was Stage IV. This is the worst stage. There is no Stage V. If there were, it would be, "Exit stage left."

Brave New Voices, Detroit to Chicago and the World

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 10.08.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

August 7, 2013: The first thing that I heard on my car radio this morning was our public radio station WDET sounding the call to support Detroit's Br...

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...

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.

New Routes To Shakespeare

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

I'm unable to see a Shakespeare play without thinking of my late mother. "How sweet," you think, "He and his mother must have shared many great ev...

The Rhymers' Club, Part One: Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Would you like to understand Bob Dylan? Get in line. You can, however, understand, and appreciate more through his view of them, some of the writers who've had an influence on Dylan as an artist. Edgar Allan Poe, the fender-bender poet is a writer who matters to Dylan, and has for a long time.

Recognizing That Poets Don't Peak Early: T.S. Eliot Reads Shakespeare

David Galenson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

T.S. Eliot was the quintessential conceptual young genius. The extended and gradual growth of the experimental Shakespeare was clearly puzzling, and perhaps uncomfortable, to the conceptual Eliot, whose own life cycle of creativity was so different.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Othello," "Strange Interlude," August Strindberg, Peter Nichols

David Finkle | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If you don't mind an Othello (Adrian Lester) and an Iago (Rory Kinnear) policing Cyprus in desert fatigues and a Desdemona (Olivia Vinall) who arrives...

Gregory Beyer: 'Thou Common Whore of Mankind,' and Other Shakespeare Lines About our Messed-Up Relationship with Money

Gregory Beyer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books
Gregory Beyer

In addition to his timeless observations on love and death and empire and pretty much every other aspect of the human experience, Shakespeare devoted quite a bit of ink to money and how it affects us.

Aisle View: Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Errors -- of identification, understanding and more -- abound in the Public Theater's current Shakespeare in the Park offering, The Comedy of Errors.

Movie Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I want to applaud Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing for all the things it does right, and I will. But Whedon's side project -- between his various TV and Marvel-related entertainments -- gets one thing unfortunately wrong: It's never very funny.

Veterans Day 2013

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Let us remember not only America's war dead. Let us redouble our efforts to care for those veterans who have returned home in the hopes of having productive and meaningful lives.

Learning From Shakespeare

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Muslim antagonism towards the United States would not have awakened if we had refrained from material military, economic, or diplomatic assistance in favor of oppressive Muslim regimes.

America Feels Big This Morning, Hitchhiking Across

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.23.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

I've just turned 54, and I'm hitchhiking from metro San Francisco to the East Coast. I don't know exactly where I'm going, but I'll be looking for carnival work along the way.

Theater: Nathan Lane Kills, Alan Cumming Bores, Deborah Cox Delights And More....

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

An excitingly ambitious new play by Douglas Carter Beane, The Nance is held back only by some poor casting and a modest lack of context. But it's essential theater for anyone who wants to see Nathan Lane -- one of the greats -- at the top of his game.

The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.

ALICE - The Legacy

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
C. M. Rubin

Alice Liddell Hargreaves died on November 16, 1934, but her legacy -- and its inextricable link to Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland tales -- refuses to die.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare in One Weekend - An Interview With Company's Marathon 2013 Producer Winnie Lok

Carey Purcell | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in 90 minutes is one thing, while the Complete Works of William Shakespeare in one weekend is entirely another. But that is exactly what Company's Marathon 2013 is bringing.

Study Reveals Shocking Truth About Shakespeare

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

LONDON — Hoarder, moneylender, tax dodger – it's not how we usually think of William Shakespeare. But we should, according to a group of ...

First Nighter: Paul Giamatti's Superlative Prince in James Bundy's New Haven Hamlet

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Since it's the extremely rare Yale Repertory Theatre production that travels to Manhattan, Shakespeare lovers hungry for a transcendent Hamlet and Hamlet had better get themselves to New Haven by April 13 or prepare to heap on themselves many a stinging "Fie!"