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“Aliens” tells immigrant stories

“Aliens” tells immigrant stories

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
April 28, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

This past weekend Eldred Theater was brought to life with the uniquely reassuring play, “Aliens with Extraordinary Skills.” With a plot centering on a naïve Moldovan clown, her girl crazy clown partner and the acquaintances they make after moving to New York as illegal “aliens” (hence the name), ...

Macbeth brings medieval politics to the modern era

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

This Friday and Saturday, the Players’ Theatre Group is staging a production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the Black Box at the Eldred Theater. Directed by first-year Giuliana Conte, the play is a modern adaptation, with the political intrigue of modern federal U.S. politics highlight...

Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival encourages unfiltered imagination

Daniel Mottern, Staff reporter
April 14, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

For the readers who don’t know me, I am a huge theater geek. I love working on theatrical productions, from acting to directing and even working backstage or in the booth. However, one aspect that I always have issue with is playwriting. I truly love playwriting and well-written plays. I just find...

The Flick illustrates “messed up people just trying to get by”

Daniel Mottern, Contributing Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Movies hold incredible power. Think of some of the greats: “The Godfather,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jurassic Park” and even modern classics like “Argo” and “Moonlight.” Cinematic flicks have the potential to captivate the mind, and amaze with intense effects and stories. However, it’s no...

The Illusion doesn’t hide its brilliance

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

As the third play of the undergraduate season, “The Illusion” has been hailed as the best play to hit the Eldred Theater stage in recent memory. Based off the 17th century French comedy “L'Illusion Comique,” the play takes place in France but contains heavy allusions to American culture. With impressive visua...

“The Night Alive’s” stage, plot benefit from complexity

Daniel Mottern, Contributing Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

4.5/5 Stars Often, we think that everything of importance happens while we are awake. However, in the dead silence of night, the seedy underbelly of society is allowed to creep out of the shadows. This is highlighted in Dobama Theatre’s production of Conor McPherson’s play, “The Night A...

“Peter and the Starcatcher” caught Cleveland’s attention

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor
January 20, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

4/5 stars Fresh off its second and final run, Dobama Theatre’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” was a mesmerizing production of an imaginative and unique play. Based on a 2004 best-selling children's novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, “Peter and the Starcatcher” ...

Clybourne Park Visited Cleveland

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor
January 20, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

4.5/5 stars The Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House (CPH) MFA Acting Program’s class of 2018 performed “Clybourne Park” last month in Playhouse Square’s Helen Theatre, a small black box that showcased a pretty standard set of a furnished house complete with a few doors and...

Q&A with Brett DiCello, “Slank” from “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Brett DiCello is a fourth-year Biomedical Engineering and Theater student who is currently co-opping at Philips Healthcare. He’s also president of IMPROVment, has done 12 productions at Eldred Theater and will be in the next two this spring. He has two roles in the upcoming play “Peter and th...

Hitting all the right notes

Eddie Kerekes, Sports Editor
November 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The top five reasons to go see the rock musical comedy “High Fidelity” in no particular order are: One, the actors kill it with both body and voice. Two, the set design is amazing. Three, it messes with your sense of time and space unlike any other musical. Four, each song has its own unique style. ...

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