Highland Hospital in Oakland has what's supposed to be an emergency room, and that's where the documentary The Waiting Room is set.
But as it turns out, at a big public hospital in Oakland, an ER only does so much actual trauma care; it only handles so many things you would usually think of as emergencies. The rest of the time, it functions as a primary care health provider that's not at all designed to be one — largely for people who have no insurance.
As if wooing Sisyphus, I push hungrily through the 25 stories in Brian Evenson's new collection, Windeye, trying each time to get to The Answer. Is the man a maniacal killer, or trapped in an experiment? What happens in the caves? Will the dead boy be avenged? Can Halle survive until the end of the oxygen shortage?
Orlando (David Furr), Rosalind (Lily Rabe, right) and Celia (Renee Elise Goldsberry) in As You LikeIt.The Public Theater's production opens the 50th-anniversary season at New York's Delacorte Theater.
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Kevin Kline in the 1983 Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III, years after his first job at the Delacorte Theater carrying a spear in a different production of the same play.
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Deborah Rush and Meryl Streep in the 1978 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. Streep did a reading of Romeo and Juliet with Kline on June 18, to mark the Delacorte's 50th anniversary.
On Monday evening, one of New York's most cherished cultural institutions celebrated an anniversary. The Delacorte Theater, home of the free annual Shakespeare in the Park, turned 50, and Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline led an all-star cast in a staged reading of Romeo and Juliet.
When Kline was still a student in the drama program at The Juilliard School, he made his professional debut at the Delacorte. "My first job was carrying a spear in Richard III," he remembers.