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Nights of Wonder: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Hollywood and Beyond

The reading of this play is like wandering in a grove by moonlight …. —William Hazlitt (1817) Hazlitt ends his short essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by suggesting that…

Browning Desks, Tea Kettle on Display In Firestone Library, Rare Books Dept.

Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s love story is one of the most famous in 19th century literature. Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861), one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian…

High Hilarity, Romantic Intrigue, and Sharp Political Edge In Bountiful Banquet of Beaumarchais’s “Figaro Plays” at McCarter

Pierre Beaumarchais is best known, at least in this country, as the author of two plays that were adapted into two of the most famous operas in the repertory, Rossini’s…

Brentano String Quartet Bids Farewell to University In Concert of Music by Mozart and Shostakovich

For the past 15 years, the Brentano String Quartet, comprised of violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Lee, has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University.…

Colin Firth Stars as Tortured World War II POW

Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) served as a signals officer in the British Army during World War II. His unit was dispatched to the Pacific theater where it was captured by…

Shakespeare in America: A Tale of Two Stratfords on Paul Robeson’s Birthday

In his introduction to Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now (Library of America $29.95), James Shapiro writes of the “steady stream of American tourists” visiting the…

Exhibition of Portraits by Micah Williams Opens With Reception at Morven, Thursday

Morven Museum and Garden will launch it’s newest exhibition, “Micah Williams: Portrait Artist,” with a public reception on Thursday, April 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition draws upon…

Richardson Chamber Players Welcomes Spring With Concert of English Chamber Music

The Richardson Chamber Players focused its final program of the season on “words in the English language that carry poetic promise,” and decided “England” was one of those words. The…

Noah: Crowe Portrays Noah in Novel Adaptation of Bible Story

Anybody with a rudimentary knowledge of the Bible is familiar with the story of Noah and the ark. That scriptural passage, found in Genesis, is about a righteous patriarch recruited…

Pairings and Passings: It’s Never Too Late to Read Julian Moynahan (1925-2014)

I watched him work in the back house where his study was located, his silver hair framed by the window and I wished I had something interesting to tell him.…

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