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Improve your Saturday nights with IMPROVment

Sarah Parr, Contributing Reporter
September 9
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Theatre & Dance

Case Western Reserve University's premiere short-form improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment, kicked off their performance season with a warm—or, dare I say, hot and sweaty—welcome from an entirely packed Eldred Blackbox theater on Sept. 3 from 10 to 11 p.m. “It was great to come back to school and...

“Stupid F**cking Bird” brings humor and life lessons close to the audience

Sanjana Singh, Staff Reporter
September 9
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Theatre & Dance

This past weekend, the play, “Stupid F**king Bird,” came to the Eldred Blackbox with high expectations. Written by Aaron Posner, the play brought the themes of love and life to light in a complicated but seemingly understandable way. For different reasons, the main characters all were disappointe...

End your semester at the theater

End your semester at the theater

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
April 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

The Cherry Orchard—If this semester is beginning to feel like a farce (or if your life is a strange mix of comedy and tragedy), this is the performance for you. Written by Anton Chekhov in the last days of Tsarist Russia, the play follows an aristocratic family as they fail to save their family estat...

Little shop of wonders

Little shop of wonders

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
April 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

This past weekend, street urchins and a bloodthirsty plant sang together as the Case Footlighters put on a performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Expectations were high and the audience was large (it had the fifth highest attendance of any show in the club’s history), and fortunately the show...

Player’s Theater Group goes down the Rabbit Hole

Player’s Theater Group goes down the Rabbit Hole

Eddie Kerekes, Staff Reporter
March 25
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

“Parents shouldn’t have to bury their children,” goes the old cliché. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Rabbit Hole,” which follows a family after the death of a child, doesn’t abuse this cliché, and it doesn’t need to, instead relying on the audience’s ability to read between the lines....

Don’t feed the plants

Don’t feed the plants

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
March 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a popular play in theaters this season; the entertaining show saw a successful run at the Cleveland Play House and is being performed in several high school theaters in the area. It generally does well with both audiences and theatre critics. Fortunately for Case Western...

An Irish twist on Hollywood

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
February 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Eldred Theater’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” advertises itself as a play about a crippled boy pursuing his dreams of going to Hollywood. The show actually covers so much more than this. In all actuality, Hollywood filming is a very small aspect of the play, and this strengthens the show. “The...

What if?

What if?

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
February 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

New York, true love and a role originated by Idina Menzel: From a general description, this musical is poised to be a hit. But that’s part of the problem with “If/Then”—it’s too calculated for ticket office success to be interesting. From a plot standpoint, the musical has potential: Elizabeth...

In “No Exit,” Hell is other people

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
January 29
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Artists and writers have portrayed Hell in various ways: everything from fire and brimstone to endless nothingness has been offered as possibilities for eternal torment. The playwright Jean-Paul Sartre contributed his existentialist take on Hell with “No Exit,” a play recently performed by Players’...

Here’s the theater to look for in Cleveland this semester

Here’s the theater to look for in Cleveland this semester

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
January 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“No Exit”—Jan. 22-23 8 p.m., Eldred Theater Blackbox (Player’s Theater Group), Free Player’s Theater Group is ready to welcome students back to campus with this existentialist play by Jean-Paul Sartre. In this play, the afterlife is imagined as a room where three characters are locked together...

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