October 3, 2012 |
William Shakespeare once wrote: "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. " That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind a new line of Shakespeare e-books from Sourcebooks that seeks to demystify the playwright's work. Called the Shakesperience and available through iTunes' iBookstore for $9.99 per title, the e-books use audio readings, a glossary, photos from notable performances and other tools to help student readers better understand Shakespeare's famously challenging texts.
May 11, 2012 |
Brooklyn's infighting Hasidim meet the Bard in "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish," Eve Annenberg's exuberant new feature. Openhearted and kvetching, the comedy filters a very particular slice of contemporary New York through Shakespeare's star-crossed tale and a bit of kabbalistic magic. One joy of the gawky-lovely film is that it probably represents the most extensive use of Yiddish on the big screen in decades. Annenberg ("Dogs: The Rise and Fall of an All-Girl Bookie Joint")
February 14, 2010 |
What if Shakespeare had it wrong about love in "Romeo and Juliet"? In fact, what if all of us have it wrong and our ideals of love and romance are hopelessly awry? Although we are supposed to be celebrating our love for that special someone on Valentine's Day, perhaps the time has come to reconsider the concept of romantic love, at least as it has been conceived in Western societies. As we busily track down red roses, the best chocolates and the finest champagnes, we need to ask whether, in the pursuit of the perfect romance, we haven't declared war on true love.
November 1, 2011 |
Nino Machaidze, the 28-year-old soprano from Tbilisi, Georgia, has only been singing professionally for a little more than four years, but the origin of her latest turn in L.A. stretches to 2005 and includes a few twists of fate. In January of that year, Los Angeles Opera's production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" helped catapult into operatic superstardom young singers Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón. Soon these two were headlining at major houses and in 2008 were set to re-create their L.A. roles with a highly anticipated new production at the Salzburg Festival — until Netrebko dropped out due to a much publicized pregnancy.
February 13, 2014 |
If you missed Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in their Broadway outing last year in "Romeo and Juliet," and you won't be able to catch the upcoming, timed-for-Valentine's-Day broadcasts of the same stage production to cinemas across the nation, here's a third opportunity to catch the comely actors playing Shakespeare's tragic lovers. Bloom and Rashad will join Robert Sean Leonard in a concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include selections from Shakespeare plays that inspired Tchaikovsky.
May 7, 1987 |
Considering the big risk the Joffrey Ballet took less than three years ago when it first ventured John Cranko's full-length "Romeo and Juliet," it's amazing how comfortable the company now looks in the ballet--how successfully the dancers manage the unorthodox caractere -flavored dance style, the vigorous but scarcely veristic narrative pantomime, the florid ensemble acting.