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What if?

What if?

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
February 26, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Middle Eastern Cultural Association Hafleh draws CWRU, Cleveland community

Ashley Chan, Public Relations Manager
December 7, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

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