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Joshua R. McTaggart

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On Campus

Preview: The Glass Menagerie

February 2 through March 17


ICA’s Dark “Underland” Rises to the Light

ICA’s “Underland” incorporates fashion and video for a unique dance performance



"Rope" by the HRDC promises edge of your seat thrills at the Loeb Ex


Harvard's Sordid Past on Stage

“Unnatural Acts” tells the story of Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920, a disciplinary body that interrogated and eventually expelled a number of male students and staff for their involvement in homosexual activities.

On Campus

Preview: IGP Coffeehouse

This weekend, the Immediate Gratification Players (IGP) will be adding a little humor to your coffee and topping your pastries ...

Gender and Sexuality

At Poetry Slam, Students Find Self-Expression

Standing behind a microphone in Science Center D, Daily Guerrero ’14 delivered a spoken word poem in the style of a hip-hop artist, but rather than taking on many of the themes common to hip-hop, she used the piece to “expose the ugly truth of female sexual objectification and its effects.”

On Campus

Documentaries Without Borders

Creating an effective documentary is a decidedly difficult task; one must carefully consider both the story and its intended audience, and along the way, balance the variety of perspectives that comprise the finished product. In 2009, documentary filmmaker Michael Sheridan attempted this complex undertaking, and worked to capture on film the true conditions of war-stricken Afghanistan. To achieve a more realistic representation of the underdeveloped nation, Sheridan trained a group of Afghani students in the art of documentary filmmaking, so that their stories could be told in their own voices.

Visual Arts

'Lessons’ Teaches Artist’s Life

In a panel discussion at the Carpenter Center on February 3, recent alumnae from Harvard’s VES department offered encouraging words to students considering careers in the visual arts. The discussion, entitled ‘Object Lessons,’ brought together Xiaowei Wang ’08, Meredith E. James ’04 and Liz Glynn ’03 to discuss what life outside the classroom can hold for Harvard students interested in becoming professional artists.


'127 Hours' Offers Timeless Human Tale

The human instinct to remain alive despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles is the central theme of “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle’s new film “127 Hours.”


'Bucky Fuller' Loses Steam Despite Passionate Performance

A script that should have been condensed and sharpened, along with questionable uses of projections and background effects prevent the A.R.T.’s latest production from doing justice to Derrah’s commendable performance.


Kings of Leon Lose Touch With Their Audience

“Come Around Sundown,” though it has strong musical performances, is entirely held back by the poverty of the music and lyrics.

Visual Arts

‘Rock’ Proves Fun for All ‘Ages’

Rocking through a self-proclaimed story of debauchery, decadence, and breasts, the national tour production of “Rock of Ages”—running at the Colonial Theatre through October 17—transports its audience back to the age of Reagan, leg warmers, and teased hair.

Bus Stop
Visual Arts

Performances Drive ‘Bus Stop’

The wise words of the Bard printed above the stage of the Boston University Theatre read: “To hold as ‘twere the mirror up to nature.” In keeping with such a motto, William Inge’s “Bus Stop”—currently playing at that theater—successfully holds a mirror up to the human natures of desire and love.

Visual Arts

HPT Gets a Taste of India

This winter, the Pudding gets a new flavor with the taste of the Orient. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ (HPT) 163rd production—which opens February 4, 2011—will spice up the lives of its audience members by taking them on an Indian adventure complete with forbidden love, brutal murder, and cosmic redemption.