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The Tufts Daily
Where you read it first | Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jennifer May


Seniors of Tufts theater reflect on four years of performance

Over 100 years after its founding in 1910, Tufts’ oldest student theater organization is continuing theater tradition and trying new things. Pen, Paint, and Pretzels, otherwise known as 3Ps, puts on productions of contemporary and classic plays every semester. Students in 3Ps have the opportunity to perform in, design and direct plays proposed the semester prior to each production.  


Boston Ballet’s Carmen & Kingdom of the Shades: A captivating double bill performance

It is not common for two ballets to be combined in one program. The Boston Ballet, though, does not shy away from the unconventional. For their spring performance of Carmen, the company includes both Carmen and Kingdom of the Shades in their 100-minute show, broken up by an intermission. Audience members get to experience the delicately controlled choreography of Kingdom of the Shades and the passionate drama of Carmen during their time at the Citizens Bank Opera House.  


Taking refuge in rage: ‘Girl, Interrupted,’ 30 years later

“Somebody asked me a long time ago: ‘From what emotion did you write this book?’, and I said, ‘rage,’” Susanna Kaysen shared about her 1993 memoir, “Girl, Interrupted.” To a room of curious listeners, each clutching their own copy of the book, this insight struck a chord. In a time when mental health wasn’t talked about openly, Kaysen wrote on her experience authentically and powerfully. Her words continue to captivate readers, and bookstores continue to shelve this literary classic. If art is to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed, Kaysen has succeeded.

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‘RUNAWAY’ with Sarabande in a spectacular spring showcase

Sarabande took the stage with brilliance and grace for its spring showcase “RUNAWAY,” held in Cohen Auditorium on April 4 and 6. Tufts’ all-gender contemporary and commercial jazz ensemble is a powerhouse of talented dancers and choreographers who spend countless hours rehearsing and preparing for an end of semester performance. This semester’s show was called “RUNAWAY” and featured a diverse range of dance styles and song choices, ranging from Lady Gaga to Ethel Cain. The show not only included 11 stunning dances from Sarabande, but also four additional performances from different Tufts dance groups. With fresh interpretations of newer songs and classic hits, Sarabande continues to inspire audiences through the medium of dance.


If the pointe shoe fits, dance in it: Boston Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’

Fantasy and reality intertwined at the March 14 premiere of the Boston Ballet’s 2024 production of “Cinderella,” where every scene sparkled with breathtaking dance and a spellbinding set, and a classic love story was performed delicately and dreamily. The stage of the Citizens Bank Opera House went from a dusty living room to a grand ballroom, a place of hopelessness to one of romance. Through graceful movement and magical stagecraft, the familiar story of a turn of fate created a feeling of wonder the audience enjoyed for a dreamlike two and a half hours. The production, which ran from March 14–24, was a captivating journey into enchantment, fitting perfectly into the company’s impressive repertoire.  

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Mapping masculinity: Igshaan Adams’ latest installation in Boston

An expansive display of pink hues and textures greets each new visitor to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Igshaan Adams’ most recent commission for the museum is an intricate weaving that stretches across the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. The monumental piece, titled “Lynloop,” is an artwork reflective of Adams’ experiences growing up in South Africa.


Spindler Confections, Cambridge’s sweetest shop

On the chilly Monday morning of Dec. 4, 2023, Jeremy Spindler, owner and founder of Spindler Confections, was mixing a batch of caramel over the stove, a typical part of his daily candy-making process. With careful detail, he described the ingredients chosen to make the signature Spindler caramel.


‘Exception to the Rule’: An exceptional production by Envision Black Theater

On Dec. 1 and 2, Curtis Hall was transformed into a lively after-school detention room for Envision Black Theater’s production of “Exception to the Rule” (2022). The audience watched as six students experiencing detention for different reasons chatted, flirted and argued. As time passes without any sign of the detention monitor, the tension increases as the students decide whether to stay or go. Throughout the play, we learn more about the characters and their relationship with the school system.

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