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Broadway Cabaret Benefit at Club Isabella

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

March 29, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Case Theater Society (CTS) is holding a free Broadway Cabaret Benefit to raise money for United Way, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Mar. 30 at Club Isabella in Little Italy. Directed by Thayer Juergens, the benefit will honor musical director Brad Wyner, who worked with members...

“The Devil’s Music”: hazards of stardom

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

March 1, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith is not a play. It is a concert with a few words between songs. That said; it is absolutely wonderful. Miche Braden roars onto the stage as Bessie, filling the entire Allen Theater with an exquisite rendition of Bessie’s greatest hits. Live piano,...

Eldred Theater presents: the 5th of July

Eldred Theater presents: the 5th of July

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

February 22, 2013


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

What do we do after the day of celebration is over, after the big event? We might sleep. We might think about what we did and saw the night before, about the fireworks bursting in the sky. We might even feel a bit of sadness – something approaching nostalgia – for all the preparation and thought...

IMPROVment Takes the Eldred Blackbox

IMPROVment Takes the Eldred Blackbox

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

February 15, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

A bright-lit stage, enclosed within dark-painted walls, awaits an audience who applaud enthusiastically. Students and fans slip into seats, eager to engage with the show about to start. Taking the stage is CWRU’s student improvisation group, IMPROVment, who perform every week in the Eldred Theatre blac...

Bell, Book and Candle: there is no magic here

Bell, Book and Candle: there is no magic here

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

January 27, 2013


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

Give me frogs, locusts; anything but this! There is no love potion, spell or unholy power strong enough to compel me to write a favorable review of this two and a half hour plague of monotony, filled with enough empty-headed, meaningless, and downright cheesy dialogue to make an inarticulate monologue...

A Carol for Cleveland at Cleveland Play House

A Carol for Cleveland at Cleveland Play House

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

December 15, 2012


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

Things certainly have changed since Dickens’ time. The miserly scrooge-like main character is now poor and has a family but still cannot feel the Christmas spirit. It’s almost like a peak into the classic Scrooge’s life if he would have proposed to the woman he loved instead of pursuing money; then,...

A MaDaCol Dancer’s Experience

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, This Week

Editors Note: In addition to her duties with The Observer, Elaina dances in the Mather Dance Collective. She wrote this article to chronicle her experience with the group’s current production.   It is a pleasant and breezy Sunday afternoon. At this time of day, most students are hastening to finish...

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

December 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

 “Sometimes people choose what’s bad for them;” says director Kelly McCready about the characters in Chekhov’s famous play. This seems to be their tragedy. Konstantin loves Nina and hopes to impress his actress mother, Arkadna, with his magnum opus. Nina, however, would sacrifice everything for ...

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

December 1, 2012


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

This weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra accompanies the Joffrey Ballet in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker.” This year's show has been performed only once so far, yesterday, in Cleveland, but four more performances are still lined up for the next couple of days. The perform...

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

November 8, 2012


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

The lights brighten the stage, revealing the actors' expressions, along with voices harmonizing together, filling up the room. Footlighters, a student-run musical theater group, will be performing the modern musical “Avenue Q” this weekend at Carlton Commons.  The musical covers thematic issues and anxieties that c...

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