Interning in, visiting, or returning home to London? The theatrical home of Shakespeare, London is a place that is known for theater as much as it is for being expensive. Still, there are many ways to get discount tickets to some of the most exciting theater happenings in London. Here, we offer a look at some…
The West End’s “War Horse” successfully showcases captivating stage pictures and astounding technical achievements to continue bringing in audiences and box office success (it’s been running since 2009 in the West End’s New London Theatre after a two-year run at the National Theatre). The production is well-executed, but the story doesn’t go much below the…
For a 15th-century morality play where the entire plot revolves around a sinner’s meeting with Death, the National Theater’s adaptation of “Everyman” by Carol Ann Duffy feels surprisingly modern and trendy. With an almost Shakespearean main character (in what feels like a modern musical retold to cast Consumerism and Partying as Sins), however, “Everyman” sometimes feels like…
This March, San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater stages a new translation of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Directed by Paige Roberts, the production is visually dynamic and creatively staged, but both of those elements occasionally overwhelm and distract from the story itself.
How can college-age students tackle a tragedy about an elderly King descending into madness? The Stanford Shakespeare Company’s (StanShakes) production, directed by Kevin Heller ‘16, does so by bending the script to accomodate its younger cast and audience. Heller chooses to make the Lear family ordinary people, not royalty, whose matriarch struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. While some of the Shakespearean text is lost in the adaptation, the production succeeds in its choice to cast a female lead to drive its story.
It starts with four women dressing themselves as men, applying facial hair onstage and setting up the stage. It ends with them arguing about the point of the story they just told as they leave. That story is “The Downfall of Egotist J. Fatzer,” a TAPS production directed, translated and adapted from Brecht by Ph.D. student Jessi Piggott, and one of the most engaging productions at Stanford.
That’s what Sundance was for me: storytelling, having conversations with once-nameless strangers, sleeplessness remedied by caffeine and late nights hearing about the films everyone else had seen. I left with ideas for my own projects, a list of films to catch this year, and a twinge of regret for leaving a magical place where I could live in a surreal world of storytelling for a few days.
Last Monday night, Roger Grunwald – the child of a Holocaust survivor – brought his thought-provoking one-man play “The Mitzvah” to Hillel on Stanford campus. Presented the day before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the play and the lecture following it resonated academically and personally with many in the audience. In particular, Grunwald…
This year’s three Original Winter One Acts, presented by Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, were all focused on the theme of absurdity. Here, The Daily reviews each of these new and exciting student-written works. We open with “Due Dates” by Daniel Johnson, described by OWOA as “a frat boy on a leash whipped on by a…
A fascinating man who has never shied away from making controversial decisions, Robert Mugabe is at the center of Aurora Theater Company’s play “Breakfast with Mugabe.” The show, which examines Mugabe’s relationship with psychiatrist Andrew Peric, creates eerily lifelike representations of the Mugabe family while chillingly examine what can happen to someone who crosses their path in just the slightest wrong manner. Brilliantly acted and fraught with tension, the production made up for its early inactive moments with a truly poignant conclusion.
It’s mind-blowing while subtle, overwhelming but specific. Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” is a dazzling mix of many varied acts. An elaborate steam-punk design combined with inventive new stretches of the human body and imagination makes “Kurios” a thrilling night of entertainment. While it doesn’t tell a specific story, the thrilling acrobatics…
The TAPS production of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play this past weekend at the Nitery Theater was indeed mechanical — well-executed and smartly designed. Directed by Sammi Cannold ’16 and produced by Christina Medina ’15 as her senior project for TAPS, the show efficiently tells the story of a woman, Helen Jones (Elisa Vidales '18), accused of murdering her husband and the path that led her there. Often symbolic rather than personal, we understand Helen’s journey intellectually without necessarily connecting emotionally.
A lone man stands on an empty stage. The lights come up as he begins to tell his story. It’s personal, it’s political, and it’s multifaceted — seventeen different perspectives, to be exact. Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira examines law enforcement, sexual violence and gun violence, the Black community and the media in his one-man play “Cops and Robbers.”
“Power to the people.” This phrase is sung over and over in the exciting and thought-provoking production of “Party People” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The show examines both the Black Panthers movement and the Young Lords movement years later, by examining the aftermath – the falling outs, the deaths, the betrayals – of the lives of those involved. By incorporating a “hyperkinetic mix of live video, hip hop, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, Latin rhythms and spoken word”, “Party People” is an exhilarating 180-minute ride that inspires, educates, and fascinates.
“Ching Chong Chinaman” — the title is shocking, invoking a pejorative term used towards Asians. The play is meant to be controversial, to make a statement. Directed by Saya Jenks ’16, the Asian American Theater Project’s (AATP) brave production of Lauren Yee’s play in Roble Dorm Theater this past weekend had many entertaining moments, but the production doesn’t quite make it clear what statement it wants to make or what story it wants to tell about race relations.
We at Arts & Life are thrilled to be in the Bay Area, where there is no shortage of theater, from student shows to community productions to large professional theaters. Here are some of our favorite theaters and their wonderful student discounts.
It’s only fall quarter but the student theater groups on campus are already working on the many exciting shows they’ll be producing this quarter. Below are five of the shows that we at Arts & Life are looking forward to seeing between now and Thanksgiving break.
Following on the heels of Kai Kight ‘14's recent performance at Bing Concert Hall, The Daily sat down with the senior product design major to talk about his music, his inspirations and the broader impact his work offers.
“You throw together a bunch of overachieving, over-analytical, occasionally inebriated college kids who have never really been exposed to rejection, and what you get is a recipe for disaster. We pretend we’re too cool or too busy or too smart to care. I think that’s pretty stupid.”
A Kneehigh Theatre production of "Tristan and Yseult" at Berkeley Rep reinvigorates the classic romance with a small but talented cast, a fast pace and creative flair.
Eva Peron, the subject of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Evita,” was revived on Broadway in 2012 and has now begun its national tour. This week, that tour brings its powerful production to the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.
How do we reconcile our sexuality with our faith? That is the question at the heart of “Next Fall,” a play by Geoffrey Nauffts that opened its Bay Area premiere run Wednesday at San Jose Repertory Theatre.
Picture 1960s rock and roll, and the iconic Janis Joplin, arguably one of the greatest female rock singers, immediately springs to mind. The San Jose Repertory Theatre (San Jose Rep) brings her spirit to life in its production of “One Night with Janis Joplin.”
The Stanford Red Couch Project (RCP), an independent production collective that films and showcases the work of independent artists on campus, is not an official student group. And it does not want to be.