Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Social Distancing #7: Books & the Bard

Yesterday, William Shakespeare would have been 456 years old. What an amazing publishing career he’s had:  plays continually performed in all languages, all over the world. The Shakespeare & Company theater company, based in Lenox, Massachusetts, posted this on its … Continue reading

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Fire at CT’s Shakespeare Theater

My heart weeps for a Connecticut theater destroyed by fire recently. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/arts/stratford-shakespeare-theater-fire.html I grew up attending performances at the American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, CT. My mother took my sister and me to its shows, mostly Shakespeare plays; it’s … Continue reading

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Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

I was peacefully reading the newspaper, drinking my coffee this morning when a dark shadow appeared across the page. Looking outside the doors leading to the patio, I saw a small black bear in the garden. My first reaction was … Continue reading

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Holiday Tidings

Given current events, I’m finding myself looking for meaning this holiday season. We met up with some friends at the New York Botanical Garden’s  annual train show, a spectacle like no other, that portrays the architecture of New York landmarks … Continue reading

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Class Notes #6: Macbeth & World Records

October is: pumpkins, leaves, apples, cider and of course, Halloween. The school doesn’t officially celebrate it, though the students have a fall dance. The art teacher has introduced Mexican skull and other autumn-themed painting. And I sneaked in a little … Continue reading

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Is F-Word Usage Flunking Culture?

When did saying the f-word become so common? Why are movies and plays so loaded with vulgar language the plot and characters become secondary? I’m hardly swear-free, and even had a swearing jar myself when in 8th grade, created by … Continue reading

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Brushing up my Shakespeare

December has been Shakespeare theater month for us it seems; we saw three plays: Pericles, Richard III and Twelfth Night. Pericles,  The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s  last show of its season, tells the story of a prince seeking justice, a … Continue reading

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Actor Ray Fisher: Being Tom Robinson

Ray Fisher’s best friend bet him he’d get into acting school. The stakes? The loser would have to shave his head.  Sure enough, Fisher’s head was bald shortly after receiving his acceptance letter to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy … Continue reading

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Bullying & Books

Imagine this conversation: “What did you do in school today?” “Reading, gym, Spanish, bullying.”  Anti-bullying is the latest curriculum addition, becoming mandated in school districts around the country. Everyone grows up being bullied in some way. Teased about clothing, looks, … Continue reading

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South Bank Ramble: The Headless Man & Other Sights

   Advertisers probably  could learn a trick or two from street entertainers.  To attract an audience and lure some loose change  into their overturned hats, these performance artists have to grab people within seconds or they’ll walk on by. This … Continue reading

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