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Lien E. Le

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Lowell House Opera Brings ‘La Grotta di Trofonio’ out of the Dark

Lowell House Opera's production—the U.S. debut of “Trofonio”—succeeds despite vocal and other challenges due to an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and good-natured humor and makes a convincing case that Salieri’s operas are worthy of further attention.

Arts Vanity Issue: 'The Harvard Theater Review Review' Review

“The Harvard Theater Review Review,” running Oct. 23 to God-only-knows-when on Wordpress, is a moving yet ultimately lackluster demonstration of misguided frustration and adolescent angst.

'References to Salvador Dali' Is Hot and Cold

"References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot," which ran Oct. 16-Oct. 24 in the Loeb Mainstage, struck honest and deep emotional chords at its best moments but too often fell victim to an overwrought, self-conscious abstractness.

Artist Spotlight: Duncan Rock

Australian baritone Duncan Rock is a rising star in the opera world. Performing his first lead role in the U.S. in Boston Lyric Opera's production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” he sat down with The Crimson to discuss his discovery of opera, his personal take on “Don Giovanni,” and his thoughts on opera’s future.

‘The Fishermen’ Will Reel You In

Using the story of four young brothers as a magnifying lens, in "The Fishermen" Chigozie Obioma delves into the ways in which belief can build the deepest of bonds, only to eviscerate them in an instant.

Streamlined, Modernized ‘Rinaldo’ Delights

The Boston Opera Collaborative’s version of George Frideric Handel’s “Rinaldo,” which ran at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology March 26-29, succeeded superbly in creating a production that was compelling, well-crafted, and accessible to all.

'The Buried Giant' Unearths Truths

Although at times tiresome in its stilted dialogue and simplistic characters, “The Buried Giant” is nonetheless a moving parable of remembrance, loss, and the resilience of love.

The World as Explained by Top 40 Hits

“Pop is insipid,” they said. “The Top 40 has no soul,” they said. “These lyrics don’t even mean anything,” they said. Well, they were wrong. Incoming Theater Exec Lien Le lists the top current events of 2014 paired with the best Top 40 hits written about them.

Directed Study: The Visiting Director's Program at the ART

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.