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MaDaCol showcases modern themes, old school flare

MaDaCol showcases modern themes, old school flare

Kyle Smith, Contributing Reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

At the center of a pitch black room, a solitary orange spotlight illuminated a shapeless figure writhing and contorting to the sound of dripping water, scraping metal and distorted mumbling. The scene could have come straight from the script of a Ridley Scott film, but this event didn’t take place ...

“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

This past weekend, IMPROVment held their seventh annual “Lake Effect” improv comedy festival. The April 7 event was free and open to the public like all of IMPROVment’s shows, and featured visiting improv troupes. One of these troupes was Rare Form, a professional improv comedy troupe from ...

Satirical production knocks audiences “dead”

Satirical production knocks audiences “dead”

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

If you had a million dollars and only one week to live, what would you do? In Players’ Theatre Group (PTG)’s production of “The Dead Guy,” Eldon Phelps (Will Erickson), a narrow-minded town loser, faces a tough decision. Phelps is on a reality show that will give him one million dollars to...

A new and improved “Uncle Vanya”

A new and improved “Uncle Vanya”

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Contributing Reporter

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

One country house. A new, attractive wife. Boredom. Tea in the sunlight. Unrequited love. Unexpected humor. A gunfight where not a single person is hurt. What could be more interesting? As the third theatrical production of the Eldred Theater’s 2017-18 season, the Case Western Reserve University...

“Love Never Dies” comes to Cleveland

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance

From Jan. 9 to 28, “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to the popular musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” was put on at Playhouse Square, marking the first time the production has toured in America. A special note in the program by creator Andrew Lloyd Webber states he is “thrilled that Clevelan...

MaDaCol features student choreographers

Sophia Yakumithis, Staff Reporter

December 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On the weekend of Nov. 30, the Department of Dance presented the Fall Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol), a series of performances by a group of over 50 dancers. The program premiered works by second-year graduate students Xiaomeng Zhao and Yizhen Hu, as well as Master of Fine Arts alumna Dani Dowler. MaDaCol...

Vibrators may cause hysterical laughter

Vibrators may cause hysterical laughter

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

For two weekends during November, the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater put on the Tony-nominated show “In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl. The play ran from from Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19, giving audiences six opportunities to see how there was no concept...

“Medea” almost unrecognizable

Madison Avolio, Arts & Entertainment Designer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

When sitting down to watch a rendition of a famous Greek tragedy such as “Medea”, surprises are typically unheard of. The audience knows the plot before the entertainment even begins. Medea, the titular character of the opera, is supposed to be a wicked woman who murders her Jason’s wife-to-be...

Footwork in two realities

Footwork in two realities

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

The Case Western Reserve University community had the opportunity to see a landmark performance for two weekends this November. In the finale of “Vistas”, the dance department’s fall concert, audiences can experience a pioneering performance using mixed-reality technology, Microsoft HoloLens. The...

“Now Circa Then” uses the past to tell a modern story

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Oct. 27 and 28, Players’ Theatre Group (PTG) took over the Eldred Black Box Theater to bring to life the classic story of a young girl moving to New York City, this time with a twist. The small theater held audiences for two shows featuring third-year student Hira Qureshi as Margie, a Pakistani...

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