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Olivia Witting

Theater review: TAPS’ ‘Spring Awakening’ is an inaugural production to be remembered

Any first production in Stanford’s newly renovated Roble Studio Theater was bound to draw attention. But the inaugural performance of “Spring Awakening – The Musical” was more than a simple showcase of TAPS’ state-of-the-art performance space. The production is a masterpiece. Directed by VPUE Harry Elam, Jr. (artistic director) and Ken Savage ’14 (stage director), “Spring…

A-lan Holt talks “Art Practice as Spiritual Practice”

She stands barefoot at the podium amid flowers and fallen leaves. Looking out across the room, her eyes light up. Silent before the microphone, she meets the eyes of every audience member fully and intimately. Inhaling, exhaling — and then once more — she begins. To simply label Thursday’s presentation by poet and playwright A-lan…

‘The Vagina Monologues’

“The Vagina Monologues” is not a play simply meant for women to get excited about their plumbing. It is a play that explains what it means to identify as a female in a modern world. This is a world of inequalities. A world in which women are labeled as “sluts” for the clothes that they…

AATP presents polished ‘Into the Woods’

The audience’s widespread anticipation of “Into The Woods” could be felt amongst the throng of more than 200 enlivened theatergoers that swarmed outside Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Inside, the orchestra’s preshow tune-up hum and the breathtakingly vibrant scenery accompanied the audience’s chatter. As the lights went down and arose two hours later, it was clear that AATP…

San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘Stage Kiss’ is a theatrical escape

The biggest deterrent for college students wanting to see live theater in San Francisco is the often ridiculously high price. But for $15, the San Francisco Playhouse offers students access to professional productions year-round. Traveling to the intimate 200-seat playhouse, located in the heart of the theater district on the second floor of a luxurious…

Pen to paper: How seven students brought ‘Gaieties’ to life

Students often joke that the annual production of “Gaieties” has had the same plot for the past 103 years. While this is an oversimplification, the basic storyline of the musical comedy is pretty predictable: “Gaieties” tells the tale of a ragtag group of Stanford freshmen who band together to defeat the villains of UC Berkeley,…

AATP bites off more than it can chew with staged reading

The first thing out of the award-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s mouth in the post-performance Q&A session was this: “Well, it’s hard to shorten a play while still preserving the narrative.” Plot preservation was about all that the Stanford Asian American Theater Project (AATP) achieved in producing a staged reading of Gotanda’s newest play, “I Dream…

‘The Story of My Life’ takes on grief and lost friendship, but not without laughter

“The Story of My Life,” a touching two-character musical with music and lyrics by Brian Hill, gracefully tackles the issues of friendship and grief with a strong and steady undercurrent of humor. Directed by Kathleen Kelso ’18 and performing in Braun Music Center’s Campbell Recital Hall through Sunday, this production traces the relationship of best friends Thomas Weaver (Ian…
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