All the world’s a cell: Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘The Tempest’ at St. Ann’s Warehouse

Gwen Orel: “The Tempest” at St. Ann’s Warehouse illuminates justice and redemption

A Chinese Richard III comes to New York

An interview with Wang Xiaoying, director of the National Theatre of China’s “Richard III,” which runs at NYU Skirball Center from Wednesday, March 26, through Saturday, March 29.

The (weird) sisters are doing it for themselves: Macbeth review

Ethan Hawke plays Macbeth as a muddled middleman, easily led by Sisters of Mercy Me.

Theatre Review: Michelle Woods on Love’s Labours Lost and The 39 Steps

How it’s New York: This is the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 26th year, located near Cold Spring, NY (reachable by train and courtesy bus from the station). How it’s (Irish) English: Shakespeare in rep for the summer, along with a witty take on England’s celluloid genius, Alfred Hitchcock. The season runs through Sept. 2. Get […]

Theatre Review: Simon Callow in Being Shakespeare

Simon Callow (@Stephanie Berger) How It’s New York: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) briefly hosts Simon Callow’s one-man hit show, Being Shakespeare, transferred transatlantic after a long run on London’s West End. How It’s Irish: Callow attended Queens University Belfast, before dropping out to become an actor. And William Shakespeare, a few years before he […]

The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane from Pan Pan at NYU, Nov. 10-13

How It’s New York:  The performances (only through Nov. 10-13) are at NYU’s Skirball Center, so expect a lot of drama students and in the house.How It’s Irish:  Pan Pan is one of Ireland’s most innovative young companies.  And co-founder Gavin Quinn points out that Shakespeare in Ireland has a particular resonance.  “I like to […]

Nightmares and Roller Coasters: Sleep No More

How It’s New York:  Long lines, event of the season, the feeling of being in, for getting in.  So NYC. How It’s Irish:  The Scottish play, on which this is loosely based, or rather maybe what inspired this installation-experience-theatrical-thing, is Shakespeare at his most Celtic (its spare, terrible-things-just -happen structure is just like a Scottish […]

New York Irish Loves Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well

How It’s New York:  Shakespeare in the Park is a grand New York tradition.  Maybe it doesn’t bring free theatre to the masses the way it did when Joe Papp started it in 1954 (lines are an all day affair; donors get blocks; line-sitters sell their time on Craig’s List) it’s still  an experience to […]

Derek Jacobi in King Lear: Action Hero

How It’s New York:  BAM is a New York institution, and a particular source for international entertainment.  You aren’t a New York theatregoer if you haven’t been there.How It’s Irish:  Some people think the sources for the play include the story “The Children of Lyr.”  And Nahum Tate, who rewrote the play to give it […]