| Oct 23, 2014
| 12:37 PM
The show: William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at Hartford Stage.
What makes it special?: The first show Darko Tresnjak has directed since receiving the Tony Award in June.
First impressions: Though set in Elizabethan England, Tresnjak's production —...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:55 AM
"There is perhaps no subject, unless it is religion, on which the opinions of men have more widely differed, than on that of theatrical exhibitions," began an article in The Courant in 1795.
The author of that unidentified piece sure got that right...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Books and flowers were among life's greatest joys for Donna Schmaltz, and the Oviedo resident worked hard to spread her passion for them to others.
"She grew all sorts of amazing and beautiful things," said daughter Victoria Scott of Orlando.
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:17 PM
We're all vulnerable in love and marriage — even arty, self-aware British intellectuals who pride themselves on their carefully constructed and seemingly unimpeachable castles of wit, irony and intellectual fortitude.
That's the main theme —...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 12:49 PM
As a young man, Kevin Plank may have been a middling football player with a big future in sportswear, but these days, he is showing the potential to be a top-ranked cheerleader. The message from the Under Armour CEO is as uplifting as the company's TV ads...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The cocky protagonist of “Doctor Faustus” may be bored silly by philosophy, medicine, law and theology (and face it, who isn’t?), but selling his immortal soul is a remedy that seems a tad extreme even by today’s jaded behavioral...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Myrtle C."Mattsy" Lobig, a former Patterson Park High School English teacher who spent more than three decades getting her students to appreciate the works of William Shakespeare, died Tuesday in her sleep at her Dundalk home. She was 90.
"She was a...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 3:08 PM
The current production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing through Nov. 9 at the handsome and justifiably renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, stars Larry Yando as the increasingly delusional title character and features the...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Geoffrey Holder was a jack of all trades if ever there was one. The dancer, choreographer, actor, artist and composer, who died Sunday at the age of 84, put his surprisingly graceful 6-foot-6 frame, booming voice and flamboyant style to use on stage, TV...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Brooke Adams was living proof that an actor can have a diverse, sophisticated and challenging career and not know Samuel Beckett's plays from a hole in the ground.
Now, almost 60 years after making her debut as a child actor at a Michigan theater run by...
| Oct 5, 2014
Q: In the sentence, "None of that revenue is going to the city, whose main source of income is taxes," is it correct to use "whose" to refer to a city, an inanimate object? — Mary Kaskan, Watertown, N.Y.
As the English language evolved...