In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park festival at the Delacorte Theater, Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep are going to play parts we would have thought they might have aged out of–Romeo and Juliet. Hey, if there’s anyone whom we’re told, over and over, can play any role, it’s Ms. Read More
New Yorkers are a cynical and individualistic bunch, reluctant to parrot slogans and loathe to do anything en masse. But if ever we were to reveal our inner romantic jingoists, we would do so by proclaiming Milton Glaser’s straightforward dictum of urban pride, and we would do it not separately, but together, contentedly nestled in Read More
Not to Be
“I think my favorite Shakespeare play would have to be Romeo and Juliet. Is that too common?” First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris asked the Transom at the Public Theater’s annual gala celebrating Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre. She sighed, “I don’t know. I’m a romantic.”
This year’s production cast Al Pacino Read More
Arts and Politics
Those turning to craigslist for their secret, depraved, Shakespeare-related needs may have to look elsewhere this summer. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo made a deal with the Web site yesterday that will remove all posts advertising professional line sitters for Shakespeare in the Park.
“Selling tickets that are meant to be free Read More
If city budget planners have their way, there will be less Shakespeare in the Park, shortened museum hours and thousands of layoffs throughout the city.
It is all part of a potentially damaging-and ill-advised-attack on the New York art scene that could leave arts in the city with $30 million less in Read More
I feel that I must reluctantly correct a serious error Oskar Eustis keeps making about his own theater.
The artistic director of the renowned Public Theater is known for his sometimes manic enthusiasm. He’s like the Music Man leading the parade while singing a rousing rendition of “Seventy-Six Trombones”—and no particular harm in that. Read More
On Thursday, June 25th, celebrities basked in the early evening sunshine at the opening night of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park. Playwrights Tony Kushner, David Hare and Suzan-Lori Parks; actors Candace Bergen and Patricia Clarkson; comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short; and broadcaster Diane Sawyer were just a few of the stars who Read More
Lauren Ambrose will return to the Delacorte this summer as Ophelia in the Public Theater’s production of Hamlet. The fiery redhead was the leading lady in last year’s Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare in the Park and will replace Crimes of the Heart‘s Lily Rabe, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Read More
Hair and Hamlet are coming to Central Park this summer. The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park program will begin May 29 with Hamlet , starring Michael Stuhlbarg (of The Pillowman), according to Variety. It will be the first Hamlet since 1975, when Sam Waterston had the title role. Hair was presented Read More