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What is Concert Theatre?

Antony & Cleopatra: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra with actors from Shakespeare’s Globe at the Barbican Concert theatre is a new incarnation of an old genre. It’s actors with orchestra, occasionally projections, puppets, you name it. Appearing in various different forms over the last 10-20 years, this is one of the most exciting […]

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HAMLET’s concluding NYT piece as our historic tour ends

INTERNATIONAL ARTS London’s Globe Theater Is Winding Up ‘Hamlet’ World Tour By CHRISTOPHER D. SHEAMARCH 22, 2016 The traveling Globe to Globe “Hamlet” in February in Malta. CreditGianni Cipriano for The New York Times SLIEMA, Malta — Minutes before the curtain was set to rise on a production of “Hamlet” at the Salesian Theater here, […]

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Shakespeare the stoner?

Pipes (plural) with traces of cannabis have been found in Shakespeare’s yard – dated conceivably to the period.  That’s about all there is ultimately to conclude in terms of hard facts to this article, but there is a collection of enticements to consider. This broke via Times magazine a month or so back but it seems […]

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Hamlet On Tour

  From 2014-2016, to mark the two anniversaries of Shakespeare’s birth and death, the Globe has launched a two year tour to every single country on earth.  Click the image above to be taken to the special website designed to track the progress of Hamlet as it undergoes this extraordinary journey. This is a once-in-a-lifetime […]

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Your Brain on Grants

Fox Actor Journal: Bill Barclay (Posted in TCG Circle, the blog of Theater Communications Group) In the world of arts grants, there seem to me to be three different kinds. There are the specific project-oriented ones, the ones that reward great ideas of a finite nature. Yes you can devise this play and bring it […]

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REVIEW: Armenian King John at the Globe

King John, or My Big Fat Armenian Wedding. So far in this feast of a festival, the most satisfying thing to witness is one of these foreign companies use their own culture, music, dress, and point of view to make a Shakespeare play completely their own, then illuminate this unique prism in performance to reveal […]

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Love’s Labours Lost – Act III, Scene 1 SKIING, on a BUTT LIFT and finally, AS MY OWN SKIING VIDEOGRAPHER

This is maybe the best video so far since the Occupy protest march. In this one scene, albeit it is a long scene, full of clowns and lovers and all ranges of noble to doggerel verse, I try skiing for the first time with Yorick. A dangerous proposition! Remember Yorick is ceramic… Once again my […]

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Richard III – Act II, Scene 1 in Battery Park

There’s really something about this fake reunion scene between the Woodvilles and the rest of the court that jives with this statue of the immigrants just landed from Ellis Island. I don’t know, does ‘fish out of water’ cover it? Maybe not – probably a contributing factor is the Hans-Solo-esque capturing of these desperate souls […]

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Reading Shakespeare Aloud

My google alert for Shakespeare Aloud turned up something interesting recently. I don’t know what book this is taken from – it’s pretty generic and dry. But there are some interesting pieces of advice for those people who seek any kind of benefits to speaking the Bard aloud. In particular, achieving any sense of the […]

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Othello is half comedic?

You may recall my friend Grey, featured prominently in our readings on my birthday, 11/11/11 at BOTH 11:11:11am and 11:11:11pm (we were reading the best scene of the play to boot – check it out.) He sends me now this article which I find utterly fascinating, particularly because it scratches an itch I have about […]

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Mounting Comedy with actual twins

  Meet Zach and Jared Greenberg, and Aidan and Dotan Horowitz as Dromios of Ephesus and Syracuse, and Antipholuses of Syracuse and Ephesus on our first day of rehearsal. This fall I have been blessed with a scenario that a Shakespeare lover could fantasize over, on and off, for one’s entire lifetime. The opportunity to […]

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Emerging from a snake in Symphony Magazine

Last winter’s production of The Magic Flute at Symphony Hall in Boston – a collaboration between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestras – was caught in Symphony Magazine this summer, the trade mag of note in the world of American classical music. March 30, 2014, for two performances, I played the Narrator in my […]

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The Merchant of Stratford?!

News this week from Aberystwyth University in Wales suggests that Shakespeare was a conniving grain hoarder whose cutthroat ways caused prices to soar in a time of famine. Just when you thought there was nothing else to say about the sketchy biography of the man from Stratford. In spite of the curiously interesting twist on […]

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