Barnard Theater Department’s ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’ explores performance through satire and innovative use of space and media

Hollywood film “The Belle of New Orleans” is projected onto a semi-translucent curtain, transporting the audience to a 1930s screening. The setting transitions from a modern-day colloquium to a 1970s talk show, the audience’s role in the story adapting accordingly. This is the sprawling, self-referential nature of the second act of “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.”

Puppetry, time jumps, and stereotypes: A sneak peek of Barnard Theater’s fall season

Barnard adjunct lecturer Ran Xia, director of the upcoming Barnard production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Orlando,” and assistant director, Eleanor Hannah Reich, BC ‘22, sit outside Milbank Hall on the bustling Barnard campus. Hearing loud construction noises, they joke about staging the play outdoors. It would be COVID-19 friendly and mask-free, but when thinking about all the preparation that has already been done for an in-person production, Reich asks, “Can you imagine telling the designers?”...

CMTS seniors sing ‘Goodbye’ to Columbia in its 2021 Senior Showcase

After previously performing in productions such as “Godspell” with the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, Joel Meyers, CC ’21, dons his graduation robe and a mask for one last hurrah. He sings a verse of “Goodbye” in front of Butler Library, performing the “Catch Me If You Can” number with seven other seniors from the Columbia Musical Theatre Society as a farewell to their college performance days and to conclude CMTS’ 2021 Senior Showcase...

From ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to Zoom University: Mallory Bechtel on Broadway’s Closing, Columbia, and Confidence

As Mallory Bechtel, GS ’24, sits in her childhood bedroom, I see four posters from musical theater productions behind her: Les Misérables, White Christmas, Bring it On!, and Whistle Down the Wind. The last, she tells me, was her first professional show—at the ripe age of seven, she was pulled from the training program to join the ensemble for the Houston leg of the 2007 U.S. tour...

Columbia’s literary magazine scene depicts animated love stories and quarantine poetry

While the past year has been disappointing for many of Columbia’s clubs in terms of opportunities and in-person collaboration, each of Columbia’s four literary publications—The Columbia Review, 4x4, Quarto, and The Blue and White—made the most of their situations by expanding, experimenting, and extracting from their old methods in order to adjust to their growing online spaces...

‘Reassembling Identity’ panel discusses online communities as safe spaces for minorities and ethical sex positivity

Is it possible to find one’s sense of self through the Internet? Many complain that social media creates façades and prevents individuals from expressing their true selves. While this can be the reality for many Internet users, there are people who feel freer online than they do in person. Online, users can engage in gaming, fandoms, or identity-based or sex-positive communities, as the Athena Film Festival recently discussed in its panel “Reassembling Identity...

TV shows I watched in 2020 ranked by how much I still think about them

I do love TV, but sometimes I fall out of love with streaming, and I can feel so overwhelmed by the abundance of shows out there that I just stick to YouTube or films. Then 2020 came along. Staying at home for months on end can only lead to one browsing Netflix or finally giving into the hype of popular shows. I went into lockdown binge mode already loving sitcoms, teen comedies and heavily stylised series, but I came out of 2020 loving horror and cartoons just as much...
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