After a Winter of Discontent, a Glorious Summer in Salzburg

The theater offering at the Alpine festival features reworked classics by Shakespeare and one of the event’s founders.

#eidinger-lars, #henkel-karin, #salzburg-austria, #salzburg-festival, #shakespeare-william, #sturminger-michael, #theater

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Onstage. A Nightmare Off It.

Shakespeare’s Globe survived Elizabethan plagues. Today’s version got through the coronavirus pandemic, but tough times lie ahead.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer

A lusty new production is both an enticement and a warning as we tentatively explore intimacy after a year of forced solitude.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #godwin-simon-theater-director, #online-dating, #public-broadcasting-service, #romeo-and-juliet-play, #sex, #shakespeare-william, #theater

‘Fat Ham’ Review: A Queer, Black ‘Hamlet’? Ay, There’s the Spice Rub.

Set at a Southern barbecue, James Ijames’s hilarious update on Shakespeare sees a recipe for liberation in the story of family disaster.

#fat-ham-play, #green-morgan-theater-director, #hamlet-play, #ijames-james, #shakespeare-william, #theater, #wilma-theater

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Cut in Half and Twice as Good

Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as the star-crossed lovers in a compelling stage-film hybrid adaptation.

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‘Romeo y Julieta’ Review: Young Love in Two Languages

Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano star in a podcast adaptation that delivers the poetry — in Spanish and English — but not the fire.

#ali-saheem, #castano-juan-1989, #monge-julio, #nyongo-lupita, #podcasts, #public-theater, #romeo-y-julieta-play, #shakespeare-william, #spanish-language, #theater, #wnyc

Review: Living the ‘Dream,’ on Your Laptop or Phone

Gorgeous but thin, this half-hour experiment from the Royal Shakespeare Company turns Puck into an avatar and “theatergoers” into fireflies.

#a-midsummer-nights-dream-play, #computer-and-video-games, #dream-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #royal-shakespeare-co, #shakespeare-william, #theater, #williams-em-actor

Donald Trump, the Untamable Shrew

Republicans are still trying to muzzle a smack-talking Trump.

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A ‘Roman Tragedies’ for the History Books

The International Theater Amsterdam presented Ivo van Hove’s exhilarating Shakespeare marathon in a one-off, livestreamed production.

#antony-and-cleopatra-play, #coriolanus-play, #international-theater-amsterdam-theater-co, #julius-caesar-play, #roman-tragedies-web-original-program, #shakespeare-william, #theater, #van-hove-ivo, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare

Tom Brady rose from obscurity to become a standard-bearing quarterback hero, jousting with many characters along the way. We asked experts in various fields if they could cite similar sagas through history.

#belichick-bill, #brady-tom, #bundchen-gisele, #chopra-gotham, #clinton-bill, #doctor-faustus-play, #football, #harry-potter-book, #national-football-league, #new-england-patriots, #shakespeare-william, #super-bowl, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Trump-Shakespeare Comparisons

Pundits have likened the president to Lear, to Hamlet, to Macbeth, to Coriolanus. That may have been four years of wishful thinking.

#shakespeare-william, #theater, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Capitol Takeover That Wasn’t

In 1861, a pro-Southern mob wanted to block the tallying of electoral votes for Lincoln. So did some congressmen.

#booth-john-wilkes, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #house-of-representatives, #lincoln-abraham, #richard-iii-play, #scott-winfield, #senate, #shakespeare-william, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #strong-george-templeton, #treason-and-sedition, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Lost in 2020: Epic Shakespeare, and the Theater That Planned It

Brave Spirits Theater expected to mount an ambitious cycle of eight history plays. Instead it became yet another victim of the pandemic.

#alexandria-va, #brave-spirits-theater-theater-co, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #henry-iv-part-1-play, #henry-v-play, #kennedy-brendan-edward, #richard-ii-play, #richard-iii-play, #shakespeare-william, #shutdowns-institutional, #smith-charlene-v, #theater

Trump, Act V: Shakespeare, but With a Twist

A reader says the Bard’s heroes, unlike the president, were remorseful in the end. Also: Children at play among the leaves.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #shakespeare-william, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Not-So-Merry Mix: Shakespeare, Bluegrass and Randy Quaid

The Broadway marquee was up, but this crowd-pleasing musical never made it out of Seattle. Among the creative differences: How fat should Falstaff be?

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Roaming Through Lanzarote’s Otherworldly Vineyards

The desolate beauty of the winemaking tradition on Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, is evidence of human resilience in the face of adversity.

#canary-islands, #drought, #europe, #grapes, #islands, #shakespeare-william, #travel-and-vacations, #volcanoes, #wines

8 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.

#art, #asia-week, #bhatia-rafiq, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #classical-music, #dancing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #folk-music, #iverson-ethan, #jazz, #jazz-gallery-manhattan-ny, #latsky-heidi, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #museums, #music, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #ofarrell-maggie, #opera, #palmer-jason-1979, #peoples-improv-theater, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rodriguez-singer, #royal-ballet-of-flanders, #september-11-2001, #shakespeare-william, #sheppard-alice, #theater

‘Richard II’ Review: A Radio King With a Tottering Crown

Electric performances, led by André Holland, transcend didacticism in an audio rendition that replaced a Shakespeare in the Park production.

#ali-saheem, #holland-andre-1979, #hyman-miriam-a, #public-theater, #richard-ii-play, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #shakespeare-william, #theater

Ian Holm, Malleable Actor Who Played Lear and Bilbo, Dies at 88

A character actor who eventually also took leading roles, Mr. Holm had a range that went from the sweet-tempered to the psychotic.

#deaths-obituaries, #holm-ian, #movies, #pinter-harold, #shakespeare-william, #the-lord-of-the-rings-movie, #theater

How Shakespeare Paperbacks Made Me Want to Be a Writer

The more you read, the more you realize Shakespeare is woven into the fiber of the English language.

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Is This a Livestream I See Before Me?

All the world with an internet connection has suddenly become a stage. A lot of those stages have programmed Shakespeare.

#hamlet-play, #harris-jeremy-o, #macbeth-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shakespeare-william, #social-media, #stewart-patrick, #theater

Coronavirus Notebook: Finding Solace, and Connection, in Classic Books

In this time of crisis, Michiko Kakutani writes, we are reminded that literature provides historical perspective, connecting us with others who lived through similar events.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defoe-daniel, #frankenstein-book, #king-stephen, #mandel-emily-st-john, #mccarthy-cormac, #quarantines, #shakespeare-william, #shelley-mary, #station-eleven-book, #the-andromeda-strain-book, #the-end-of-october-book, #the-great-influenza-the-epic-story-of-the-deadliest-plague-in-history-book, #the-stand-book