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Our favorite sponge sings his way into our hearts

Victoria Radcliffe, Contributing Reporter

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The cast recording of the world premiere of “SpongeBob Squarepants: The New Musical” was released on Sept. 22 and features songs written by beloved artists such as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Panic! At the Disco and John Legend. Although one would expect these musicians to provide quality tra...

Players’ Theater Group plans for season ahead

Players’ Theater Group plans for season ahead

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Just last week, Players’ Theater Group (PTG) began its preparations for the season ahead in earnest, auditioning students for its plays for the coming semester. One of three theater-oriented organizations on campus, PTG puts on multiple plays each semester for the Case Western Reserve University comm...

“Love and Information”: a tribute to the daily lives of CWRU students

“Love and Information”: a tribute to the daily lives of CWRU students

Mary McPheeters, Contributing Reporter

September 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

For this year’s Welcome Back Show, the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater is staging a production of Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information” at the Black Box at the Eldred Theater on this Friday, Sept. 2, and the following Sunday. The play, directed by fourth-year student...

“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” ...

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