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Isabelle A. Lu

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Theater

‘Uncle Vanya’ Preserves Chekhov’s Hilarious, Dark, Tender Humanity for Today’s World

The contemporary setting of Heidi Schreck’s translation of “Uncle Vanya” feels so natural that one could miss the change entirely.

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Books

Poets that Speak to Us: Vignettes for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. As the month comes to a close, celebrate the lasting impression of Crimson Arts writers favorite poets.

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Theater

‘Hadestown’ Review: A Musical Worthy of Immortalization

Anaïs Mitchell’s musical is sure to go down in theater history; a production worthy of the gods makes the tour unmissable.

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Theater

Nymphia Wind Breathes New Life into Centuries of Asian Drag

Through drag, Wind invites examination of the unorthodox presentations of gender in the deep archives and hidden crannies of Asian storytelling.

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Theater

‘First-Year Musical: The Kids Are All Right’ Review: A ’70s Throwback With Humor and Heart

“The Kids Are All Right” was a fun blast to the past that embodied the ’70s through groovy music, tons of quirky characters, and a classic feel-good story.

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Theater

Spring (is) Awakening: The Best Broadway Songs for Spring

Here are an array of show tunes that cover the wide spectrum of feelings that spring ushers in!

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Theater

‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Review: A Champion of a Production

To use the title in a sentence: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” was a stellar syzygy of production and participation.

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Theater

‘Medea: The Musical’ Preview: Antiquity’s ‘Gone Girl’ Lets Ancient Female Rage Loose

Medea’s story carries the potential to be a subversive feminist tale precisely because of its female rage — still socially unsettling nearly 2000 years later.

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Theater

‘Becoming a Man’ Preview: One Man’s Transition, a Community of Change

To move from the page to the stage, “Becoming a Man” takes on new physical artistry and is uncompromisingly real.

Theater

‘Falstaff’ Review: Mirth, Magic, and Miscommunications Galore

With its production of "Falstaff," the Harvard College Opera proved, once again, that opera can retain its classic humor while experimenting with modernity.

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Theater

Harvard Theater: Spring 2024 Season Preview

Looking to attend musicals, plays, or operas at Harvard this spring? Check out this round-up of campus theater productions running in Spring 2024!

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Year in Review

Arts Vanity: The Stage Play ‘Life of Pi’ Converted Me

As an English concentrator, sometimes I joke that I don’t even believe what I argue in my essays. Yet “Life of Pi” convinced me that multiple truths can coexist in the same space.

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Theater

Theater, Dance, & Media’s ‘CELLS,’ In Cast Perspectives

Five student performers speak on their experiences in "CELLS," the Fall 2023 Harvard department of Theater, Dance, & Media production.

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Arts

Artist Profile: Caroline Ricke on Being “Rich Caroline” and the Meaning of Laughter

Whether producing, consuming, or finding moments of comedy in everyday life, Ricke lives through laughter.

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Arts

‘Doctor Who: The Star Beast’ Review: The Doctor and Donna’s Disappointing Reunion

While it is satisfying to see the great David Tennant and Catherine Tate grace “Doctor Who” with their show-stealing presence and comedic chemistry once again, “The Star Beast” fails to do justice to this momentous occasion.

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