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Last night, the nominations for the 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards were announced! ArtsEmerson is thrilled to have received two nominations as well as one win. Out of dozens of productions and performances, ArtsEmerson was nominated for the following awards: Outstanding Design, Large or Visiting Theater: The End of TV by Manual Cinema (sound design by Kyle Vegter, puppets by Lizi Breit with associate puppet designer and storyboard artist Drew Dir, costumes by Mieka Van…

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Cheek by Jowl and Pushkin Theatre’s Measure for Measure is here for one week only, departing the ArtsEmerson stage on Sunday, OCT 28 and local critics and audiences are urging Boston to catch this show while it’s here! After opening last night, this production has been met with immense praise from critics and audience members alike. CRITICAL PRAISE “Performed entirely in Russian on a stage bare except for four, enormous, red cubes, this modern interpretation has…

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Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is an unexpectedly modern play. Though it was written in the 17th century, each time it resurfaces it brings along a modern context. Struggling against the tides of power and how that power can affect humanity, Measure for Measure amplifies the political turmoil within its performance context. ArtsEmerson’s presentation of Measure for Measure is a co-production between U.K. and Russian theatre companies—Cheek by Jowl and Pushkin Theatre—and has toured internationally as…

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William Shakespeare is one of the most prolific playwrights of all time but did you also know he is the inventor of many English words and sayings we still use today? Everything from “eyeball” to “arch-villain” to “bedazzled” can be found in famous works by Shakespeare. Although it is one of Shakespeare’s less frequently performed plays, Measure for Measure is the source of several famous words and phrases. To prepare for Cheek By Jowl and…

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Shakespeare’s legacy is rooted in language. The majority of students in the United States study Shakespeare in English classes throughout high school and the education surrounding Shakespeare curriculum is rooted in the linguistics and poetic form. His influence on English has survived centuries and his contribution to our vocabulary is often taken for granted. In Measure for Measure alone, we can thank Shakespeare for giving us the words “belongings,” “gnarled,” and “sanctimonious,” amongst a plethora…

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