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'Tug of War' at Chicago Shakespeare is binge-watch theater

Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, joins Justin to talk about Shakespeare 400 and the ambitious new production, “Tug of War: Foreign Fire… 70 more words

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Tug of War: Foreign fire

In this year marked by all manner of celebrations of the 400-year history of Shakespeare’s legacy, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has prepared an entry for the history books of its own with… 1,618 more words

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To The Bard, Part 2!

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder from a post we wrote about a few months ago:

The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is having a year-long celebration, Shakespeare 400… 53 more words


Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Shakespeare on aging:
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come
And let my liver rather heat with wine,
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.

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Thoughts On Reading

Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Othello

Othello is famously a play about difference. Most obviously, it is a play about racial difference. In Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s recent production, however, directed by Jonathan Munby and set in a present-day pseudo-American context, “difference” represents a moving target. 1,669 more words

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What Are We Worth? – Michael Sandel with Illinois Humanities + Chicago Shakespeare Theater

“Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?” utters Timon of Athens in the fourth act of Shakespeare’s play. “Thus much of this will make / Black white, foul fair, wrong right, / Base noble, old young, coward valiant.” Though they don’t necessarily shed any light on the playwright’s own beliefs, Timon’s words demonstrate that Shakespeare clearly had a mind for money. 802 more words

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