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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

All content by Megan Chew
NYU alum Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s “One Child Nation” delves into China’s inhumane one-child-policy through heartrending personal interviews that reflect a tension between government policy and families. (via Amazon Studios)

‘One Child Nation’: Fighting for the Right to Choose

Propaganda is a powerful tool, and China abused it. NYU alumna Nanfu Wang reflects on the iron grip of China’s propaganda in her newest documentary.
Megan Chew, Contributing Writer November 11, 2019

As far as China is concerned, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s documentary film “One Child Nation” does not exist. The film was wiped clean from any reporting platforms in...

Madama Butterfly, a classic Italian opera, is remade into a contemporary production presented at the Met Opera from October to April 2020. (Via Wikimedia)

‘Madama Butterfly’: New Staging Injects Life Into Age-Old Opera

Producer Anthony Minghella tackles this century-old opera in a visually stunning revival that merges theatre magic from old and new, east and west.
Megan Chew, Staff Writer October 23, 2019

“Madama Butterfly” is not timeless. Unlike Mozart’s “Magic Flute” or Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” the cultural context of Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera...

Morgan Mueller’s Reverie Field isn’t just an installation. It’s an experience that allows participants — such as NYU President Andrew Hamilton, above — to translate their memories and emotions associated with them into patterns and sequences of light. Once the participant finishes their exploration, they find themselves surrounded by their memories and feelings in the form of unique light patterns. (Courtesy of Morgan Mueller)

Morgan Mueller Merges Science and Art in an Array of Interactive Media

An engineering student merges science and art in an array of interactive media that explores the tension between man and technology.
Megan Chew, Contributing Writer October 16, 2019

Sami Staitman, Corbin Williams, Ariana Valdes, and Eli LaCroix act in The Green Room, a musical at the American Theatre of Actors. (Photo Courtesy of S. Scott Miller)

‘The Green Room’ Is a Love Letter to Thespians That Falls Short of Its Premise

While the play promises a story of a group of actors’ struggle to make it Off-Broadway, “The Green Room” delivers a high school drama instead.
Megan Chew, Staff Writer October 11, 2019

“The Green Room,” which made its New York premiere Off-Broadway on Sept. 27, tackles the gravity of our choices — in our relationships, careers and education — and how...

Judy Garland, renowned American actress, singer, and performer. (Via Wikimedia)

‘Judy’ Reveals the Pain Behind Garland’s Glitzy Persona

The biopic is a tearful lamentation of the cultural icon who won so many hearts but lost herself in the process.
Megan Chew, Contributing Writer October 2, 2019

Most people know Hollywood legend Judy Garland as sweet, naive Dorothy Gale from “The Wizard of Oz.”  “Judy,” which premiered on Sept. 26, takes this image and flips...

Disneys 3D remake of the 1994 Lion King animated movie. (via Disney)

Is Disney Ruining the Circle of 2D Life?

Disney 3D remakes are turning out flatter than their 2D originals.
Megan Chew, Contributing Writer September 20, 2019

Much like the Italian Renaissance, the Disney Renaissance of the ‘90s brought us many artistic treasures: “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and  “Hercules,” to name...