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‘John Proctor is the Villain’ Review: An All-Around Triumph

"John Proctor is the Villain" provides profundity and levity, which neither detract from nor clash with each other, but instead enhance the show.

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‘Alt-Nature’ Review: Prose Poetry at Full Capacity

In “Alt-Nature,” Saretta Morgan engages with the desert and the waters to meditate on love, violence, injustice, Blackness, and queerness.

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Arts Vanity: ‘EDITED/VIV,’ an original musical about The Crimson’s Theater Renaissance

“EDITED/VIV” is an original comedy-drama musical by Vivienne N. Germain, inspired by her experience as an Associate Arts Editor leading the Theater section of The Harvard Crimson.


‘BLKS’ Review: Relatable, Energetic, Vibrant, and Uplifting

Achieving its goal to mirror Black queer women of the present day, “BLKS” told a relatable story full of humor and heart.

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‘The Planets’ Retrospective: Holst’s Spectacular, Forward-Looking Journey Through Music, Space, and the Mind

Holst's brilliant suite offers intimate insight into a private man’s mind, a spellbinding journey through space, and an astounding view into the future.

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‘The Game’s Afoot’ Review: A Gray, Lethargic Attempt at Farce

Lacking speed and energy, Lyric Stage’s “The Game’s Afoot” falls short of farce.

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The Black Playwrights’ Festival: Celebrating Black Artists, Stories, and Community

BlackCAST's annual festival demonstrated the beauty of creating art in community while also highlighting individual playwrights' unique voices.

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Black Playwrights' Festival group photo

BlackCAST presented the Fall 2023 Black Playwrights' Festival on Oct. 26.

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Horror, She Wrote: Five Centuries of Haunting Reads by, for, and about Stubborn Women

Through Gothic literature, women writers have developed and dominated horror storytelling since the 18th Century to discuss social issues or to write complex female characters without focusing on romance and men — a literary phenomenon that continues today.

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‘Fat Ham’ Leaves Audiences Feeling Lighter

The Huntington’s gripping and hilarious “Fat Ham” is a well-done, must-see show that engages and enchants audiences. It’s funny, it’s fresh, and it’s delicious food for thought.

SpeakEasy Stage Company's "POTUS"

‘POTUS’ Review: A Well-Done Riot

SpeakEasy Stage Company's farcical production of “POTUS” pleases, amuses, excites, and entertains, all while offering cathartic sociopolitical satire.

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Leave ‘Illegally Blonde’ Alone: Theater Kids Deserve Space to Struggle

Five years after the upload of “Illegally Blonde: For Your Consideration,” we should reconsider the mockery and allow children to play with theater — even when it’s awful.

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‘Macbeth’ on The Boston Common is ‘Bloody, Bold, and Resolute’

Steven Maler’s adaptation of “Macbeth” is intense, which ultimately works to its benefit. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company offers a thrilling take on a classic tragedy.

Portraying Struggle on a Privileged Stage

Portraying Struggle on Privileged Stages: Theater Should Reach All Audiences

Teaser: Plays aren’t always for playing around — but when artists bring new stories to new audiences, everyone wins. Regardless of the venue, theater is for all.

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From Our Bookshelves: ‘Fahrenheit 451’

70 years later, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ still rings an urgent alarm, and it’s not a drill.