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Katie Straub

Rock musical “Next to Normal” hits all the right notes

Open the director’s note of the Next to Normal program to find the following instruction from director Allison Gold '15: “Open yourself for the next few hours, and let yourself feel everything.”

The explores gender norms with “Art as Identity”

Neal Ulrich '16 stands on the floor of the atrium, decked head to toe in a dramatic red ball gown, adjusting the top of a chestnut wig to meet his hairline. As eager audience members file in to find seats, they hoot and holler excitedly upon seeing Ulrich. He smiles and laughs, easily 6-foot-4 in his golden high heels. “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul blares in the background.

Henry, we’re not in the 14th century anymore

The final installation in a tetralogy of monarchical histories, Henry V is the story of the young and mighty King Henry V of England and his efforts to conquer French lands at the bloody Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. Sound like a history lesson?

Bel blurs dancing’s definition

Jérôme Bel, renowned French choreographer, is perhaps best described as a provocateur of dance. In exploring the idea of dance over the past two decades, Bel is often referred to as a “conceptual choreographer.” The New York Times has called him “one of the most charismatic and galvanizing choreographers working today.”

Stanford Live hosts student cabaret at Bing

I hurried into Bing Concert Hall last Monday evening, a characteristically college-student-esque four minutes late. In the lobby, a staff of ushers guided kids down a polished marble staircase. “Don’t worry folks, we’re holding for 10. Programs can be found downstairs outside the studio,” one of them said as I passed. “And be sure to…
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