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East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

Fog poured through the darkly lit hall of a 100-year-old church Saturday night, as dark figures stalked through the gloom pursuing evil intentions. Where pews should have stood, rows of theater seating held a sparse audience, enthralled by the tale unfolding before them. It was the second night of the East Clevelan...

“Reckless” asks, “Can you ever really know a person?”

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theatre & Dance

To open the Eldred Theater 2018-19 season, the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater presented six performances of “Reckless” by Craig Lucas. “Reckless” is a hallmark of postmodern theater with underlying themes of loss and identity. The bizarre chain of events in “Reckless...

Keithley Symposium presents the story behind art at CMA

Morgan McCommon, Contributing Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events

On Sept. 28, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) hosted The Keithley Symposium: “Life as an Object: The Thinker as a Prism.” The symposium consisted of three panels of scholars, artists, conservators, and curators as well as a series of concurrent gallery workshops. Case Western Reserve University...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Poet Laurete

October 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Poetry & Literature, Top Stories

This the second monthly column by full-time Case Western Reserve University lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. This is a love story. This is the story that led me here, writing to you about how and why I fell in love with poetry, and what I think yo...

Latino Art Show honors children held in detention centers

Latino Art Show honors children held in detention centers

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Top Stories

Students studying in Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) on Friday, Sept. 14 may have noticed the four foot tall walls of faces around the library. The faces belong to black and white portraits by artist Mark Krieger. The pieces are part of “For the Children,” a Latino art show hosted by the Latino stude...

“Urinetown” cast commands stage

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

As the title suggests, “Urinetown” is a musical that depicts a world where urination is a privilege, not a right. The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater’s rendition of the renowned musical far exceeded my expectations. The show takes place in the near-future when a massive water sho...

Speakeasy takes center stage at IMPROVment

Speakeasy takes center stage at IMPROVment

Julia Knight, Contributing Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events

A quiet gasp escaped the crowd as the packed Eldred Black Box went completely dark. Rhythmic claps arose from audience members as a well-known theme song rang out in the almost claustrophobic space around us. The players took center stage; we all cheered in enthusiasm for the hilarity that was to co...

Theater debuts musical, “Urinetown”

Weiwei Kong, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On April 13, the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Theater Department unveiled the musical “Urinetown,” its final production of the season. Directed by Jerrold Scott and Brad Wyner, “Urinetown” is set in a future where, due to a water shortage, Urine Good Company owns all the towns’ toilets, forcing ...

World War I Anxieties Reflected in “Graphic Discontent”

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, “Graphic Discontent: German Expressionism on Paper,” opened on Jan.14 and will remain until May 13. Featuring works from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s own collection, the exhibit displays over fifty Expressionist prints and drawings made between 190...

“Justice League” screened pre-release

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On a rainy Wednesday night in the middle of November, students and community members packed into Strosacker Auditorium on the Main Quad. But this was no class lecture. Instead the audience sat eager waiting to watch a free, early screening of “Justice League,” two days before its official release....

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