Articles by Rachel Okin

A New Take on the Tale as Old as Time A Review of the Live-Action Beauty and the Beast


The theater sits in awed silence as a huge, ornate castle appears on screen and a voiceover begins to tell the story that, for most growing up in the 90’s and 2000’s, was a staple of their childhood. This is the new, live-action film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. When going to see the […]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Book Review


Most are familiar with the Harry Potter series by British author J.K. Rowling, which follows Harry Potter, “The Boy Who Lived,” and his loyal friends as they battle against the evil Lord Voldemort. Full of intriguing plots, flawed but likable characters, (and some who are not so likable) and action-packed scenes, it has inspired generations […]

When Games Go Wrong: Reading Beside Myself

In British author Anne Morgan’s gritty new novel Beside Myself, six-year-old twins Helen and Ellie Sallis switch places as a game. Helen, the leader of the duo, becomes her sister, Ellie, who is the slightly slower twin due to birthing complications, and Ellie becomes the popular Helen. At first, it’s all fun and games, but […]

You’re in the Band: A Review of School of Rock: The Musical

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As one leaves the Winter Garden Theater after experiencing School of Rock: The Musical, it may take some restraint to keep from waving your arms in the air and chanting “Stick it to the man!” That’s the spirit and energy evoked by this new Andrew Lloyd Weber undoubtedly-soon-to-be major hit, the stage production of the […]

Living While Dying: A Review of ‘Still Alice’


Poignant and heartbreaking, the novel Still Alice is a difficult book to read due to its sensitive subject matter. The novel is told in the third person point of view of Alice Howland, a fifty-year-old cognitive psychology professor at Harvard who finds out that she has early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout the novel, Alice progresses […]

A Bittersweet Comparison: A Review of Go Set a Watchman

Something has changed in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. Anyone who was a high school student has probably read Harper Lee’s world famous, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird at some point in their lives. Like it or dislike it, many people who read the novel fell in love with the characters in […]