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During his visit to Buffalo on April 27 for his appearance in the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speaker Series, stage and screen star Kevin Spacey made an important side-trip. No, not to Charlie the Butcher, the Anchor Bar or Canalside. But to one of America's single deepest troves of world-changing literature and poetry, at 420 Capen Hall on the school's Amherst Ca…

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During his visit to Buffalo on April 27 for his appearance in the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speaker Series, stage and screen star Kevin Spacey made an important side-trip. No, not to Charlie the Butcher, the Anchor Bar or Canalside. But to one of America's single deepest troves of world-changing literature and poetry, at 420 Capen Hall on the school's Amherst Ca…

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If you want to strike terror into the heart of any actor or English teacher, just ask them these questions: “What would the literary tradition be like without the First Folio? What would our knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare be like if that book had not been published?” The questions come from University at Buffalo associate English professor Barbara Bono, the le…

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In the wrong hands, Shakespeare can sound like ancient Greek. We’ve all experienced that at some point: huddled in some dark theater or stretched out on a blanket in Delaware Park, straining to make sense out of some impenetrable volley of Shakespearean wordplay. But in the right hands, the dark musings and idealistic yearning of Shakespeare’s poetry can be artfully rehy…

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The search for the Shaw Festival's new artistic director is over. Tim Carroll, a British theater and opera director best known for his boundary -breaking productions of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" on London's West End and on Broadway, will succeed longtime artistic director Jackie Maxwell on Dec. 1, 2016. Carroll's appointment comes after a yearlong s…

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Every summer, something magical takes place on Shakespeare Hill, in Delaware Park behind the Rose Garden:Picnicking becomes a spectator sport.Normally, picnics in Delaware Park are regrettably rare. Too often, the picnic tables scattered hither and yon hold only water bottles and tennis rackets. But with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a new spirit descends. Proudly, Buffalo…

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And so it was proclaimed, on a gloriously seasoned Thursday night, in the company of eager patronage, giddy company and stagehands and state’s royalty – state Sen. Marc Panepinto, in the Queen’s absentia – on the grassy knoll known colloquially as “the hill,” that the state honor Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the venerable cultural landmark that it is, on its 40th season w…

It has come down through the centuries that William Shakespeare wrote “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for certain functions in the court of Elizabeth I or maybe for a wedding or some other gala where little audience thought was required. Well, nothing much has changed. The 420-year-old comedy/fantasy, easily Shakespeare’s silliest and most absurd play, has opened at New Phoeni…

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Armed with lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and – in some instances – feasts fit for a Shakespearian king, more than 40,000 people gather on a hill near Hoyt Lake each summer. It’s not called Shakespeare Hill for nothing. Shakespeare in Delaware Park is one of the oldest and largest free Shakespeare festivals in the country. The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer met with founder…

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Déjà vu. Well, almost. A dozen years ago, Steve Vaughan directed a production of William Shakespeare’s 420-year-old bit of foolishness – one of his first plays and by many accounts, his shortest – “The Comedy of Errors,” for Shakespeare in Delaware Park. If memory serves, Vaughan’s work that summer was faithful to fun and loyal to text with just the right amount of t…

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STRATFORD, Ont. – Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival, home to North America’s largest classical theater company, has built his 2014 season of a dozen plays around themes of madness, “minds pushed to the edge” over love, family, power, war, desire and money.” Tall order but not impossible when considering Cimolino’s lineup of dreamers, itinerants, …

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology From the Revolution to Now edited by James Shapiro, foreword by President Bill Clinton; Library of America, 724 pages ($29.95). There’s a classic scene in John Ford’s 1941 Western “My Darling Clementine” in which Henry Fonda and Victor Mature – playing, respectively, Wyatt Earp and his tubercular, sharp-shooting friend Doc Holliday – e…