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Madeline MacLeod
Madeline MacLeod is a Staff Writer for the Theater beat at the Stanford Daily. She is a freshman from Roseville, California who loves English, French, psychology, and of course, theater! In her spare time, Madeline enjoys reading, hiking, and running. To contact Madeline, please email mmacleod 'at'

‘Rent’ takes technical theater to new heights

Grimy metal bars tower overhead. A stoplight, unlit, hangs solemnly from a nearby platform. The backstage of Memorial Auditorium is hushed and dark, as if any noise made — sans the presence of the talented actors comprising the cast of Ram’s Head’s production of “Rent” — might cause this world to collapse. It is here that Michael…

‘Gaieties: Chem 31 XXX’ is the best class all quarter

It’s time for “Gaieties 2015,” a rollicking ride in Memorial Auditorium that has been a unique Stanford Big Game week tradition since 1911.  Time-honored and venerated, “Gaieties” never disappoints, and this year was no exception. The show, titled “Gaieties 2015: Chem 31XXX,” was pure and creative from start to finish. The show, set against a…

‘Virgins to Villains’ is campy but charming

Last Tuesday in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, “Virgins to Villains,” a one-woman performance poorly attended by students but very popular with the over-65 crowd, struggled with campy humor but ultimately proved itself to be a touching and funny narrative. In “Virgins to Villains,” Robin Goodrin Norli, veteran actress of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, serves as the protagonist of…

The Question of Identity in AATP

Theater is widely hailed by audiences and participants alike as a vehicle for catharsis, or a way to escape the trials of one’s daily life and release pent-up feelings in a creative, expressive way.  But what happens when the way you look limits the variety of roles available to you? And where do we draw…

Now introducing: The new director of TAPS

Shortly after I come into the office of Branislav Jakovljevic, the new director of the Theater and Performing Arts department housed in Memorial Auditorium, he steps out to make himself a cup of coffee. Apologizing, he chuckles, “It’s been very busy.” It’s not hard to imagine why Branislav would need a cup of joe. Since…

Don’t cry for me, Stanford: TAPS takes on ‘Evita’

As the lights come up on the stage of Memorial Auditorium, the audience sees powerhouse Eva Perón, played by Amy DuBose ‘15, in a position of vulnerability for perhaps the first time in her life. Laying in a hospital bed, “the spiritual leader of a nation” passes away due to cancer, soon to be mourned…

‘All My Sons’ sallies forth

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Kennedy Grove, a lovely outdoor space between the Stanford Faculty Club and Humanities Center, the Stanford Theater Laboratory is presenting Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” a powerful drama about the powerful effects that our actions have on others. Despite the unseasonable windy cold weather, the cast, clad in breezy…

Celebrating female power with ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Walking into Stanford’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” last Sunday, produced by Kardinal Kink, a friendly guy invited me to take whatever I wanted. I looked down to see the selection of what he was offering and glimpsed a pile of condoms. As the event was sponsored by the Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, also…

TAPS makes Hamlet its own

A Shakespearean tragedy about a Danish prince in an existential crisis, “Hamlet” has been re-imagined in many different contexts, but in Pigott Theater last weekend, Stanford TAPS proved yet again the timelessness of the struggles the play evokes. By placing heavy emphasis on the humanity of each character — their joys, moments of mirth, frustrations, and deep sorrows — guest director Rob Melrose and the rest of the company created a version of “Hamlet” with profound resonance.

The Freeks dare to take risks with ‘Equus’

As "Equus" is highly experimental, The Freeks know it to be a risky show. Nonetheless, they charge ahead without fear of failure. While “Equus” showcases stellar direction and creative talent, it seems to fumble in packing a punch, ultimately leaving it at more of a canter than a gallop.
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