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Unraveling Shakespeare's Life
Dr. James Shapiro tackles the Bard one slice at a time
"...Whether or not you believe William Shakespeare really wrote all those plays, you can probably concede..."

March 23, 2012 Books Post by Robert Faires

Shakespeare in Love
It's flighty, improbable stuff, meant not to be a historical restorative but a modern romantic tribute to the scribe whose words have launched a million sonnets.
"...Callow and Antony Sher. “The play's the thing,” proves Shakespeare in Love as it presents the imaginary events that..."

Dec. 25, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fair Youth Make Fairer Shakespeare
Two fine chances to see young people make the Bard come alive
"...saying people over the age of 18 can't do Shakespeare well – that Judy Dench sure speaks his speech..."

June 21, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
This Shakespeare rendition is not so much a reconceptualization as a recontextualization of the 400-year-old play. This Romeo + Juliet is a rich visual feast, besotted with the fervor of its acrobatic camerawork and kinetic staging and its mind-bending aggregation of unrelated but resonant fragments of 20th century iconography. It is a Shakespearean work thoroughly conceived for the screen. DiCaprio and Danes again prove that they are two of the best actors of their generation. And William Shakespeare has once more demonstrated that he is a storyteller for all time.
"...culture retro-vogue, Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet seems positioned to slip one past..."

Nov. 1, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Throwing a Few Back With Shit-faced Shakespeare
When it's time to perform Shit-faced Shakespeare, here's how an actor prepares
" seems odd, then it's time you met Shit-faced Shakespeare, a theatrical enterprise in which an actual work of..."

July 21, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream
" the most gloriously, enchantingly trivial play in the Shakespearean canon, A Midsummer Night's Dream may also be the..."

May 14, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Austin Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
Austin Shakespeare's new take on Shakespeare's farce takes some time figuring out its own identity
"...the human condition, and yet that upstart crow William Shakespeare – when he wasn't yet old enough to have..."

May 12, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare’s rom-com gets a light staging with fine performances and lots of genuine laughs
"...Of all of Shakespeare's comedies, Much Ado About Nothing may be the one..."

Nov. 24, 2017 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Brush Off Your Shakespeare
Friends, countrymen... Welcome to Film Fight
"...That's because I’ve been ingesting a steady diet of Shakespeare for three weeks’ straight and my brain is now..."

Aug. 18, 2008 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

The West Side of Shakespeare
Why West Side Story wins
"...previously agreed that today's fight would come down to Shakespeare adaptations which use the Bard's language versus pictures that..."

Aug. 19, 2008 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Shakespeare's First Folio
Why the first collection of the Bard's plays is such a big deal and cause to celebrate on his 400th death anniversary
"...that otherwise would have vanished. How about that, Will Shakespeare?..."

March 18, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

If It's Summer, It Must Be Shakespeare
Summer is the time for Shakespeare, so naturally here are a couple of the Bard's plays being staged in the Austin area -- Julius Caesar from the Austin Shakespeare Festival and Two Gentlemen of Verona from Different Stages -- and directors Paul Norton and Norman Blumensaadt to explain how they came to produce them this season.
"...Summer is the time for Shakespeare. Dozens upon dozens of companies throughout the country spend..."

June 27, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

"Shakespeare in Print and Performance" at the Ransom Center
This exhibition celebrates the Bard with rare artifacts from the Ransom Center's holdings
"...With the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death mere months away (April 23, 2016 – mark..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach
The next generation finds its 'muse of fire' through an innovative new program at Winedale
"...the first time in its 34-year history, the UT Shakespeare at Winedale program is offering an ongoing outreach program..."

July 23, 2004 Arts Feature by Clayton Stromberger

Camp Shakespeare Documentary Says We Will Meet, And There We May Rehearse
PBS film Take Pains. Be Perfect. puts UT's theatre program center stage
"...Austin stands a 19th-century barn, which serves as a Shakespearean sanctuary. A former stagecoach inn, its restoration was overseen..."

April 8, 2022 Screens Feature by Ellen Daly

Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills has a deft touch at getting the Bard to the barre.
"...Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. These are two of Shakespeare's most memorable lovers -- memorable precisely because their romance..."

Oct. 10, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shit-faced Shakespeare
Highbrow meets lowbrow for an irreverent happy hour take on A Midsummer Night's Dream
"...Shakespeare purists and prudes beware: Magnificent Bastard Productions' Shit-faced Shakespeare..."

Feb. 5, 2016 Arts Review by Stephanie Carll

Austin Shakespeare’s Bollywood Twelfth Night
The Bard's classic comedy was just itching for a Mumbai makeover
"...a mock review of a community theatre production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and director Kevin Hiles' bold..."

Nov. 12, 2021 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Austin Shakespeare's As You Like It
An Austin-infused Arden is more poetic license than artistic alchemy
"...of theatre traditionalists who think that the works of Shakespeare need protection rather than reinvention, as if their playhouses..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Arts Review by Bob Abelman

Shakespeare at Winedale
The UT program offers a marathon run of the Bard's early trilogy
"...Some Shakespeare plays come around as regularly as a city bus...."

Aug. 5, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shakespeare Around Austin
Productions this fall show us there's no limit to how the Bard's plays get done
" limit to the variety of ways in which Shakespeare's plays are presented. They get set in every era..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Changing of the Bard
Guy Roberts has resigned as artistic director of the Austin Shakespeare Festival, and Ann Ciccolella has been named his successor
"...dizzy. Guy Roberts, the artistic director of the Austin Shakespeare Festival since 2001, resigned that position on July 31,..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Playing in a theatrical mecca
A dream comes true for the Austin Shakespeare Festival when it gets to perform the Bard's As You Like It in Richard Garriott's replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
"...London and Stratford-upon-Avon. I'd visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and see his Globe Theatre, the wooden "O" on..."

April 6, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Austin Playhouse's Shakespeare in Love
The Oscar-winning film makes a successful transition to the stage through Don Toner's marvelous production
" exception. The source material for its current production, Shakespeare in Love, is, obviously, the screenplay of the same..."

March 30, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

K.Lear: Straitjacketed Shakespeare
A Denton performance artist straps on a straitjacket to explore madness in Lear
"...I've seen Shakespeare done using shopping carts, briefcases filled with cocaine, and..."

Aug. 8, 2008 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Review: Austin Shakespeare's Sense and Sensibility
Putting the pedal to the metal bolsters Jane Austen's classic work
"...Tom Stoppard wrote 15-Minute Hamlet, an abridged version of Shakespeare's longest work and most complex tragedy. It was actually..."

Nov. 18, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Review: Austin Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Less-than-magical production salvaged by a night of unexpected spontaneity
"...Shakespeare wrote many of his greatest and most tragic plays..."

May 13, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

25 Years of Shakespeare in Central Texas
The Days of Winedale and Roses
"...Performance." But the world at large knows it as Shakespeare at Winedale, Winedale being the 19th-century German farming settlement..."

July 28, 1995 Arts Feature

Austin Shakespeare's The Seagull
This new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's beloved classic takes wing well enough but doesn't quite soar
"...Austin Shakespeare Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella's adaptation, which she directs, struggles..."

Feb. 23, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Austin Shakespeare's Macbeth
This military-themed staging of the tragedy gets lost in a haze of design and technical issues
"...In her program note for Macbeth, Austin Shakespeare Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella talks about the Bard's fondness..."

May 13, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

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