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Stanford Women* in Theater’s “Merchant of Venice” shakes Shakespeare up

William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is a difficult play to produce. Although riddled with lighthearted contests and lover’s shenanigans, the core of the storyline is steeped in deep rooted anti-Semitism and systematic injustice. And to produce this play in the wake of a national election – permeated by derision and hatred – makes it…

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…