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Katya Johns

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On Campus

Get "Closer" in the Ex

An unconventional love story about two interchanging couples, “Closer,” which opens on Friday in the Loeb Ex, could either be the perfect show or the worst show to take your date to. Exploring the selfish and sadistic motives of love, the play promises to be as abrasive and irresistible as a destructive relationship. "’Closer’ is brutally honest, I think that's what I like about it. There are no bells and whistles. It is quite raw and bare," says Lily R. Glimcher '14, a first-time director. "I wanted a play with a small cast that would allow me to explore the complex psyche of these characters and their relationships.


In And Around Language: "Quiz"

Rumor has it that in 1791, a prankster and Dublin theater proprietor by the name of James Daly made a bet that he could make up a nonsensical word that would become a catchphrase overnight. He hired a group of street actors to write the word “quiz” on the walls around Dublin, and the next day people were asking each other what “quiz” meant. No doubt some know-it-alls claimed they had the answer, while others thought it was a test.

On Campus

"Acres of Diamonds" Unearths American Drama

Boyd infuses this family drama with the familiar setup of chasing the American Dream, symbolically setting the opening scene on the Fourth of July. Still, Boyd manages to make the story his own by bringing it into the present day, in the aftermath of the last recession, which gives the theme of lost and broken American dreams added poignancy and realism.

On Campus

"Crescendo" Builds Varied Showcase

The Harvard Ballet Company has grown immensely since its founding in 1993. Now, in its upcoming "Crescendo," the group will both bring back old pieces and perform completely new choreography.

Are Arts Relevant in a 21st Century World?
Visual Arts

Relevance of Art Debated at Kennedy School

Panelists from Harvard graduate schools met for a panel entitled "Are Arts Relevant in a 21st Century World?" The panelists discussed ways to popularize the arts and to make art an effective tool for social change.

On Campus

Poetry Reading Plays Beyond Words

The more the words were repeated and sustained, the faster their meaning slipped away.

For The Moment

The Game: TS Eliot

November is the cruelest month, breeding Yalies out of the far-flung dung, mixing Bulldogs and good Pilgrims, stirring False hope with the smell of ambition.


Fall Brings Horror and Blood

The Fall movie season brings grit in "Killing Them Softly" and "The Paperboy" as well as the ethereal stylings of "Cloud Atlas." Plus, RPatz.


Lagarde Discusses Changing Nature of Leadership at HKS Class Day

Christine M. O. Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, spoke about seizing leadership opportunities in a changing geopolitical world order in her speech to graduating students at Harvard Kennedy School’s Class Day on Wednesday.

Student Life

University-Wide Conference Discusses Possibility of Peace for Israel

In a reversal of the typical pattern of many a campus conversation on the Middle East, the Israel Conference at Harvard on Thursday and Friday aimed to discuss ways that Israel can help the rest of the world rather than ways that the world can help solve problems in Israel, organizers of the student-led symposium said.

On Campus

George Pocheptsov Uses His Imagination

Student George Pocheptsov started painting at a very young age, and has garnered acclaim for his work.


Twelfth Night

"Twelfth Night" comes to the Loeb Ex this Thursday.

On Campus

‘Tower’ Hits New Height

With the first episode of its ninth season, the student-produced sitcom "Ivory Tower" successfully transitions to a mockumentary format.


'W.E.' Are Not Amused with Madonna

"W.E." crashes and burns as it fails to compellingly mix an historical style icon with a modern-day flake.


Bombastic ‘Bellflower’ an Explosive Romp

The movie has opened in limited release, and it is well worth seeking out a theater in which it is playing. Just forget the tissues—bring a protective shield.