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Virginia R. Marshall

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Five Most Anti-Climactic Theatrical Moments

Outgoing Theater Exec Virginia R. Marshall discusses her top five anti-climactic moments in theater.

On Campus

Good 'Company' in Farkas Hall

The best-known of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals are generally populated with bizarre and memorable characters; who could forget the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, lovers Maria and Tony in "West Side Story," or Sondheim’s tormented version of painter Georges Seurat in "Sunday in the Park with George"? But Sondheim’s "Company," which will go up in Farkas Hall on Dec. 5, depicts characters that are not so different from ourselves.

On Campus

'Flies' Swarms the Ex

Usually actors are given specific roles by a director, but with this adaptation of William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies," director Alistair A. Debling ’16 let the actors decide for themselves which characters fit their actions and dispositions. "Flies," which will open in the Loeb Ex on Dec. 5, is inspired by Golding’s novel but differs from the original in its narrative form and character development.

On Campus

Simon Singh Unpacks "The Simpsons"

Have you ever felt that episodes of “The Simpsons” or “Futurama” are speaking to you personally and intellectually? If you were to ask Simon Singh, he’d probably tell you 1) that you’re a huge nerd, and 2) that the writers of both these TV shows intended to connect with viewers just like you.

On Campus

Brilliant 'Moon'

“Imagine this moment were real,” says Leila, the young girl standing in the middle of the stage who has been trying to retell her story. It’s the middle of a production of David Greig’s chilling play“Yellow Moon,” and up until this point, you had been sure that every previous scene was indeed real—or, at least real in the context of the play’s narrative. But the production of the play directed by Susanna B. Wolk ’14, which ran through Saturday in the Loeb Ex, challenged the very notion that the audience can trust the narrators on stage.


A Sunday with Mary Lambert

Lambert sings for those young people whose bodies or sexualities never quite seem to follow what society says is right. The goal of her music is to provide solace from societal struggles with her rich and wonderful voice, and she held true to that value throughout the performance. “We’re perpetually waiting by the phone for someone to pick up and tell us that we did good,” she sang from “(Body Love).”


Atwood Apocalype

On Thursday night, writer Margaret Atwood returned to Cambridge to give a talk about her new book, “MaddAddam.”

Student Publications

Containing Multitudes

In the absence of a perfect formula for fostering future Pulitzer winners, the writing scene at Harvard is multi-faceted, varied, and as often as not, a collective rather than a solo pursuit.


"Family" Has Issues

Luc Besson's latest film stars Robert De Niro as the mafioso patriarch of a family placed under witness protection. His wife and daughter, played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron, struggle to adjust to life in France. The film struggles at points, but is ultimately an enjoyable comedy.


A Brief Wondrous Talk with Junot Díaz

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "This Is How You Lose Her" spoke Thursday at the Harvard Book Store. The author discussed Dominican culture, sexuality, and characters "who are always missing the football."

Visual Arts

Harvard Alumni Clean Up at Tony Awards

Megan M. Savage ’10 did not expect to stand before a television audience of millions when she signed on as a producer of a quirky comedic play about quarrelsome siblings. But on Sunday night, she and her colleagues who brought playwright Christopher F. Durang ’71’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” to Broadway took the stage at the 67th Annual Tony Awards to accept the award for Best Play.


Journalist Ellen Goodman '63, Frequent Recounter of 'Cliffe

Goodman, who would graduate from Radcliffe and enter the workforce during a time of political and social change, came to write extensively about these inequalities and the position of women in society during her career in journalism. A Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Goodman continues what she describes as maintaining about gender relations in culture in retirement.

On Campus

"At Last" Leaves a Memorable Missive

There were breakups on the left, a besotted duo on the right, and playful friendly interactions behind. The varied relationships reached a climax at one moment in the middle of the production when all nine performers herded the audience into one group and danced around them, chant-like and circular as the lights narrowed on the unsuspecting theatergoers. The message was clear; relationships are all-consuming, emotional, and there’s no way to avoid the glaring reality of love.

On Campus

"Dreamgirls" Goes Up in Lights

On April 25 at 7:30 p.m., Farkas Hall will transform into a Motown palace complete with tinsel, back-up dancers, flashy costumes, and 106 stage lights directed from the back of the stage out at the audience. “Dreamgirls” follows soulful starlets the Dreams as they belt their way to the top of the charts despite racial tensions present in the 1960s and ’70s.

On Campus

Labor of Love in "Frankenstein"

In 1818, the 18-year-old Mary Shelley published “Frankenstein,” but some scholars say her novel had significant input from her young husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. The relationship between the couple and their supposed collaboration on “Frankenstein” is the subject of “Sea Change,” the new play by director and writer Daniel J. Giles ’13, opening on the Loeb Mainstage on April 26.