The Huntington News

Review: ‘RENT’ lives on

Review: ‘RENT’ lives on

Rachel Erwin, news correspondent

November 7, 2019

Breathing new life into a well-known musical is often an impossible task, yet this is exactly what the cast and creative team of the 20th Anniversary Tour of “RENT” accomplished at the Boch Center’s Shubert Theatre Nov. 3.  With a book, music and lyrics written by the late Jonathan Larson, “RENT...

Review: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’: Worth the ten-year wait

Christopher Kelly, news staff

October 30, 2019

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Zombieland” that hit theaters a decade ago. The main cast of mismatched survivors and their travels throughout post-apocalyptic America was a booming success after the initial release of “Zombieland” in 2009. The light-hearted and ...

Review: ‘Joker’ (2019) worth every ticket

Christopher Kelly, news staff

October 9, 2019

“Joker” (2019), directed by Todd Phillips, tells the sad tale of Arthur Fleck and his descent into madness as he eventually personifies the Joker. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur is one of the most captivating performances of the year. This film combines beautiful cinematography with tragic storytelling in ord...

Review: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ is a crisis of antiheroes

Review: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ is a crisis of antiheroes

Nia Beckett, news correspondent

October 2, 2019

Minor characters take the main stage in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” and they’re nothing short of absurd. Playwright Tom Stoppard’s 1966 tragicomedy, set amid William Shakespeare’s late 16th-century tragedy “Hamlet,” begins...

Review: ‘Rambo: Last Blood’: Hopefully the last we’ll see of Rambo

Christopher Kelly, news staff

October 2, 2019

“Rambo: Last Blood” sees the final return of character John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, and marks the utter downfall of the series and the once-great action movie legend. This film is the definition of “cash grab” with its bad pacing, cliched plot and the overall boring execution of...

Review: ‘It: Chapter 2’: Killer clown, killer sequel

Christopher Kelly, news staff

September 23, 2019

“It: Chapter 2” delivered a killer conclusion to the story of the Losers’ Club, seizing the spot for best Stephen King film adaptation. Director Andy Muschietti returned to tell the twisted tale of Pennywise and his merciless attack on the citizens of Derry, Maine. The much-anticipated sequel to ...

Barns Courtney connects with the crowd at Paradise Rock Club

Barns Courtney connects with the crowd at Paradise Rock Club

Valeria Vazquez, news correspondent

September 19, 2019

The walls to the Paradise Rock Club are covered in the names of early rock legends: U2, Blondie, AC/DC, The Police, even Snoop Dogg. After Barns Courtney’s performance on Tuesday, Sept. 10, it would not be a surprise to see his name among the others. Opening with “Fun Never Ends” from his n...

Broadway in Boston’s “Miss Saigon” goes “above and beyond”

Broadway in Boston’s “Miss Saigon” goes “above and beyond”

Deanna Schwartz, deputy campus editor

June 24, 2019

How many musical productions can say they feature a real helicopter hovering over the stage? Broadway in Boston’s “Miss Saigon” can. The thrilling staging, playing at Citizens Bank Opera House through June 30, is part of the show’s national tour, stemming from runs in London and on Broadway....

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale opera delivers in victorious adaptation

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale opera delivers in victorious adaptation

Yunkyo Kim, campus editor

May 13, 2019

The operatic rendition of Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid’s Tale” religiously adheres to the original text, going as far as staging the show in a basketball gymnasium where the handmaids in the novel slept. It is this meticulous narrative strategy that makes the opera a truly triumphant adaptation ...

Maren Morris celebrates her ascendance while retaining her roots

Maren Morris celebrates her ascendance while retaining her roots

Dylan Shen, news staff

May 12, 2019

“Don’t. Lose. Your. Halo.” Lyrics from “GIRL,” the titular song of Maren Morris’ second studio album, flashed across a screen spanning the entire stage. On cue, spotlights provided an ethereal halo for Morris as she rose from below the stage, clad in neon pink and flaunting glitter-enc...

Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ gets serious but falls short

Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ gets serious but falls short

Christopher Kelly, news staff

April 10, 2019

“Pet Sematary” begins as most horror movie remakes do, full of respect to the original source material but featuring obvious refinement to set pieces and plot holes. However, despite improvement across the board in terms of acting and writing, the film fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion and, fo...

Springfest 2019 blends genres with 2 Chainz, King Princess and MisterWives

Springfest 2019 blends genres with 2 Chainz, King Princess and MisterWives

Ali Dusinberre, deputy lifestyle editor

April 10, 2019

Students filed into Matthews Arena Saturday night to see 2 Chainz, King Princess and MisterWives perform live at Northeastern’s annual Springfest concert, hosted by the Council for University Programs, or CUP. From MisterWives’ cheerful melodies to King Princess’ raw, refreshing pop and 2 Chainz...