Actor Alan Cumming can play a huge array of characters, from an evil Russian computer programmer to a blue, be-tailed mutant to Eli Gold, the venal public relations guru from The Good Wife. Cumming is putting that versatility to the test by starring in a one-man version of Shakespeare’s MacBeth for a limited engagement run at Lincoln Center. This latest reimagining casts Cumming as the only patient in a psych ward, where he is inhabited by the different characters from the classic tragedy. For those of us who can’t attend the show in person, Simon & Schuster Audio has recorded an audiobook version (out July 3) that captures the intensity of Cumming’s performance. Check out an interview with Cumming and an exclusive audio excerpt below! READ FULL STORY »
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If William Shakespeare were around today it’s unclear whether he’d have made it as a playwright. My guess is that he’d probably be credited as “Will Shakes,” and would be penning Off-Off-Broadway plays about the Iraq War and submitting spec scripts to Mad Men. So it’s lucky for us that he lived when he lived.
But that doesn’t stop filmmakers from bringing his work into the present day. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Gerard Butler will be joining Ralph Fiennes in a contemporary adaptation of one of the lesser-produced Shakespearean tragedies, Coriolanus.
This isn’t the first time Shakespeare’s works have gotten a modern makeover. In fact it’s more like the 12,486th. So let’s take this opportunity to look back at the slew of attempts to bring the Bard up to date:
There is, of course, Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo & Juliet featuring the PYTs of the MTV generation: Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It’s a good thing this was made in 1996 before cell phones were so ubiquitous. READ FULL STORY »