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Ira Glass isn't so sure he can defend his 'Shakespeare sucks' comments (Updated)

UPDATE: We asked Ira Glass if he does indeed believe Shakespeare sucks, and this is what he said: “That was kind of an off-the-cuff thing to say that in the cold light of day, I’m not sure I can defend at all.”

Don’t worry, high school kids choking down Hamlet and Macbeth before school starts. You’re not alone: Famed radio host Ira Glass also hates Shakespeare.

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Watch 'Doctor Who' actor David Tennant in 'Richard II' teaser -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Catching the wave of the hugely anticipated 50th-anniversary 3-D special (airing on BBC America on Nov. 23 at 2:50 p.m. ET), here’s a chance to watch EW’s fan favorite Time Lord in action in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II in a new cinema series entitled “Live From Stratford-Upon-Avon” which will roll out a total of four filmed theatrical productions from the RSC to cinemas all over the globe.

Director Gregory Doran (also the RSC’s artistic director) had this to say about the roll-out: “We are thrilled to be bringing the work we make in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the widest possible audience. Through a brand-new partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, who have a great track record in screening the arts live, we can share the RSC’s contemporary interpretations of our house playwright across the U.K. and around the world, direct from Shakespeare’s home town.”

Richard II is currently playing in London until Jan. 25, but we saved you an oceanic crossover by providing this teaser for the production, to be shown in U.S. cinemas beginning Dec. 3 and continuing to Jan. 2, 2014. In this five-minute snippet, watch as Tennant, in a very Jesus-meets-Emma Thompson getup, charismatically claims his take on the classic “God save the King” monologue from the Bard tragedy.
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This Week on Stage: Billy Crystal hits a home run, Mark Rylance swaps sexes

Another week, another one swimming off the Great White Way as the large-scale musical of Big Fish announced it will play its final show on Dec. 29 after 98 regular performances. (But definitely count on it being remembered at Tony time, especially for fearless lead Norbert Leo Butz.) People are showing in droves, however, for two of this week’s new entries: The return of Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays bagged over $1 million with only six performances last week (most shows have eight), and the Globe-inspired Shakespeare play duo at the Belasco is playing close to capacity every show, cementing Mark Rylance’s status as our premier import. Could he win, not one, but two more Tonys this season? He’s got competition aplenty already (including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, also performing two shows in rep which open next weekend). But as a character in Twelfth Night says, “I have them at my fingers’ end.” Also this week is a radio play by the late Samuel Beckett (whom McKellen and Stewart are getting to know quite well with Waiting for Godot), and an Oscar-winning family dramedy that finds a new life on the NYC stage (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in 'Romeo and Juliet': A first look -- EXCLUSIVE

There may be a plague on both their houses, but by the look of this exclusive new pic, Broadway’s newest Romeo and Juliet look primed to set those houses ablaze.

This sexy teaser featuring the two leads in the upcoming revival of Romeo and Juliet promises to be no stiff-upper-lip affair, with The Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) essaying the ultimate in star-crossed lovers, with a bold, interracial take on the classic tale in the first Broadway production of the romantic tragedy in 36 years.

In my recent chat with star Rashad, she stated that purists need not be afraid — “We’re using all the classical text, but it’s not necessarily in a classical setting,” Rashad says.
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Frank Langella to play King Lear in New York this winter

Let it be so! After tackling such diverse famous men as Dracula, Sir Thomas More and Richard Nixon (the role with which he won his third Tony and an Oscar nomination for in both the stage and film versions of Frost/Nixon), Frank Langella returns to the New York stage after a two-year hiatus to tackle Shakespeare’s most behemoth male role, King Lear, at Brooklyn Academy of Music this winter after a run at the U.K.’s Chichester Theatre Festival this autumn. READ FULL STORY

'Rocky' joins list of musicals based on famous movies. Good idea?

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You know what Broadway isn’t missing? Another musical based on a movie.

But it seems, asked for or not, the Great White Way will be getting yet another show based originally on a hit movie. Over the weekend, news broke that plans were in the works to adapt Rocky, based on the 1976 Sylvester Stallone-starring boxer classic. The cast hasn’t been announced, but the show had a well-received world premiere last fall in Germany (hopefully containing a dance at some point in the show to “Eye of the Tiger”). Some may remain skeptical, but the creative team, particularly director Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher), is promising and known for bringing an offbeat sensibility to the material (Exhibit A: this preview video from Jackson). READ FULL STORY

Orlando Bloom to star in Broadway's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Romeo and Juliet is returning to Broadway for the first time in 36 years, and it’s bringing some star power with it.

Featuring the Broadway debut of Orlando Bloom as Romeo, the newest production of Shakespeare’s most famous love story also stars Tony-Award nominees Condola Rashad (Stick Fly) as Juliet, Jayne Houdyshell (Follies) as the nurse, and Joe Morton (Raisin) as Lord Capulet. READ FULL STORY

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