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The Pool has a small, relaxed feel to it, and "Carrie and Otis" is a small, relaxed kind of play. It doesn’t try to be thematically grand or artistically ground-breaking; instead, it tries to be sweet, pithy, funny, interesting, and generally fun. And it succeeds.
An image of armored police officers during the August riots in Ferguson, Missouri, sets the story of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club's production of “Mother Courage and Her Children," which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at Farkas Hall. The play’s promotional poster gives a small glimpse of the conflict that underlies the plot: smoke-filled darkness is pierced by the flashlight of a police officer’s assault rifle, illuminating the few dozen other officers around him.
“Think about yourself and think about the ideal romantic relationship, the ideal friendships that you have,” director Cole V. Edick ’17 says of “Dogfight.” This production, which will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 at the Loeb Experimental Theater, centers around U.S. Marine Corps officers on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam in 1963, their brother-like bond, and the girls who begin to threaten that close friendship.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s production of Jules Feiffer’s “Little Murders,” which ran from Oct. 17 to Oct. 25 on the Loeb Mainstage, was this year’s Visiting Director’s Project. Under director Shira Milikowsky, the play met the professional standard one has come to expect from the A.R.T.’s mainstage productions.
Although implementation is just a series of approvals away, much has yet to be determined for Harvard’s first-ever dramatic arts concentration.
Playwright Neil Simon understands comedy. Through his cherished works—including “The Odd Couple” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs”—Simon shows his ability to write a myriad of jokes based on the human condition. “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” playing at the Loeb Experimental Theater until Oct. 25, is no exception. In all, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club presents a winning production of Simon’s play thanks to the strong direction of Boyd I.R. Hampton ’16 and most notably, an impeccably cast, very talented group of actors.
What happens when you combine Greek mythology with teen angst and dark humor? You just might end up with “Carrie and Otis,” an original play running at the Adams Pool Theater from Oct. 23 to 26. Written by Mike C. Ross ’16 and directed by Megan G. Jones ’16, “Carrie and Otis” offers a window into the lives of three man-eating Sirens and presents a delightfully timeless interpretation of classic lore.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is likely to adopt a new concentration in “Theater, Dance, and Media” to begin enrolling undergraduates in fall 2015, University officials announced on Monday.
There’s a promising show in the works for fans of humor. “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” produced by the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and The Office for the Arts, is a comedy about comedy. Directed by Boyd I.R. Hampton ’16, the play premieres Oct. 17 at the Loeb Experimental Theater.
A daughter brings home her fiancé to meet her parents, a somewhat ordinary event for most American families. Yet for the Newquist family, no event is ordinary. Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s production of “Little Murders,” running from Oct. 17 to Oct. 25, is a dark comedy about a girl, Patsy Newquist, and her dysfunctional family.
Running from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s “With Fates Driving”—written by Alona Bach ’16, scored by Eric R. Corcoran ’16, and directed by Sean K. Hardy ’16—presented a brilliant treatment of the fourth book of Virgil’s “Aeneid” that was both fresh and loyal to the source, proving definitively that it is possible to present an interesting and novel treatment of a text without subjecting it to intellectual fads.
Students rehearse for "Little Murders," the latest play to be produced as part of the Visiting Director's Program.
Harvard’s lack of a dramatic arts concentration presents obstacles for undergraduates hoping to pursue careers in theater, but the annual Visiting Director’s Project provides students with a challenging and rewarding experience that approximates theater at the professional level.
Getting an audience to laugh at jokes on race relations is no easy task. But Black Community and Student Theater Production’s “Negative”—which ran from Oct. 2 to 4 at the Adams Pool Theater—deftly achieved this. The production highlighted the racial conversations that have become prevalent on Harvard’s campus with cohesive directing that balances satire and serious conversation.