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Middle Eastern Cultural Association Hafleh draws CWRU, Cleveland community

Ashley Chan, Public Relations Manager
December 7
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Ahlan wa sahlan: welcome. On Friday, Nov. 20, adults, children and individuals of all cultures gathered in the Thwing Atrium to attend the Middle Eastern Cultural Association (MECA)’s annual Fall Hafleh, which benefitted the Mohammad Jamal Scholarship and Education Fund. “Hafleh,” meanin...

“The Addams Family” is dark and engaging

“The Addams Family” is dark and engaging

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Although “The Addams Family” is not pitch perfect, it does manage to be hilarious while showcasing bizarre characters and macabre musical numbers. The musical centers on the darkly eccentric Addams Family, which consists of suave Gomez (Brett DiCello), enchanting Morticia (Bridgette Garb), Gomez’s...

Player’s Theater Group performs eerie one-act play

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
November 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

It seems right that a play about the brevity of life should only last 40 minutes. This was the case with “Kaleidoscope,” the Ray Bradbury one-act produced by the Players’ Theatre Group. The story begins with an average day aboard a spaceship as the crew members check in with an automated psychoanalyst....

Hold on to Halloween with “The Addams Family”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 13
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The notoriously gloomy Wednesday Addams might have been happier as a Friday. Unless, of course, she was Friday the 13th, like the first night of Eldred Theater’s production of “The Addams Family.” The darkly whimsical musical will be playing at Eldred Theater, directed by Department of Theater...

Play’s comedy is strong, but drama falls flat

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
November 6
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Halloween night, I attended “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” with the promise of lots of profanity and a comedic drama that would make me reflect on my own life. Two parts of that were delivered. Centered around Jackie (Connor Wolfe), a recovering cocaine addict fresh out of prison with a mission...

Intensity and humor blend in Players’ Theater Group show

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
October 30
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

If the name: “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” doesn’t intrigue you enough to watch the show put on by the Players’ Theatre Group, maybe a description will. This Friday and Saturday, the Players’ Theatre Group will be performing the show with a cast and crew made entirely of first- and second-year...

“First Date” gives a good first impression

“First Date” gives a good first impression

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
October 30
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

My first impression of “First Date” was made during the opening number, “The One,” which immediately showcased the energetic eccentricities that would follow. The musical follows Casey (Mara Grigg) and Aaron (Alex Meltsner), who have been set up for a blind date by Casey’s sister, Lauren (Sarah...

Cleveland theater preview

Cleveland theater preview

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 23
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Fall is the prime time to experience live theater in Cleveland, but having too many choices can be overwhelming. We’re here to help you narrow down that list based on your interests and wallet. You like: Swearing Show: “The Motherfucker with the Hat” Where: Eldred Theater Performance Dates: Oct. 30 and 31 ...

“King Lear” is all bark and no bite

“King Lear” is all bark and no bite

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
October 9
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Nothing will come of nothing, but something good may come from subtlety. A sense of restraint was missing from Great Lakes Theater’s production of “King Lear,” which opened last weekend. The classic story of betrayal and family discord was accompanied by more yelling, spitting and trash can...

Good alchemy on stage from the Players’ Theatre Group

Good alchemy on stage from the Players’ Theatre Group

Ellie Rambo, Copy Editor
September 4
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Omens follow an unnamed shepherd across Spain, through the Sahara desert and finally to the pyramids of Egypt, where she believes she will find treasure. In this stage adaption of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” the Players’ Theater Group began the year with a production shaped by allegory. This...

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