The new indoor theater at Shakespeare’s GlobeJun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By SARA LODGE
There is a new reason to visit London. It is wooden, but lively. Old, but new. Shadowy, but luminous. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a reconstruction of what an indoor theater might have looked and felt like around 1600, when Shakespeare was 36 and at the height of his career as an actor, theatrical entrepreneur, and dramatist.
A splendid life of rare Ben Jonson.Mar 12, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 25 • By EDWARD SHORT
On the cover of Ian Donaldson’s new biography of Ben Jonson (1572-1637) there is a portrait of the poet and dramatist by the Flemish painter Abraham van Blyenberch showing him regarding the viewer with amused intentness, as if poised to make some choice rejoinder. Here is the man of the theater, the bon vivant, the exuberant conversationalist whose table talk William Drummond recorded with such zest.
Learning the language of Richard and Reagan.Feb 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 20 • By EDWIN M. YODER JR.
The setting was the dining room of the Washington Star, the time August 1981, the occasion a recent announcement that the Star would soon close after more than a century. Our guest, at his own gracious invitation, was none other than the president: It was Ronald Reagan’s first official outing after his recovery from the Hinckley shooting. He looked a bit pale but was otherwise in lively form.
Sarah Palin was on to something.Aug 2, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 43 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Just before noon on Sunday, July 18, 2010, Sarah Palin enriched the English language. Referring to the planned Islamic center near the 9/11 site in New York, she tweeted: “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
Dept. of untruth in labeling.3:12 PM, Feb 5, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
The other day I came across Barbara Mackay's Washington Examiner review of a new production of Shakespeare's Anthony & Cleopatra at the Lansburgh Theatre here in D.C. Here's Mackay:
Synetic Theater has taken on major challenges in each of its wordless Shakespeare productions. Now in "Antony & Cleopatra" at the Lansburgh Theatre, Synetic presents a stunning version of one of Shakespeare's most complex plays, whose geographical setting is nothing less than the entire Roman Empire, and whose central conflicts are vast: West versus East, duty versus pleasure, reason versus emotion, public versus private life.
Say wha'? Wordless Shakespeare? Isn't the whole point of Shakepeare the, um, words? Next thing you know, they'll come up with silent music.
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