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“Stop Kiss” a can’t miss

“Stop Kiss” a can’t miss

Temi Omilabu, Contributing Reporter
September 5
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

Eldred’s latest performance seamless If you did not get a chance to see the production of Stop Kiss this past weekend…I’m so sorry. From Aug. 28-30, the Players’ Theatre Group performed “Stop Kiss,” a play by Diana Son that tells the story of two women, Sara and Callie, who become frien...

Eldred’s latest play measures up

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
April 25
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

A problem play like Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” defies easy categorization. Although the story ends in marriage, like many of the Bard’s comedies, dark subject matter drives the plot. The Theater Department’s spring production reflected this conflict well. Occasionally the acting...

We should all be stars

Jamie Van Doren, Staff Reporter
April 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

When you look at the stars in the sky, you aren’t seeing them in the present. You’re seeing the light they gave off many, many years ago. It’s not so different for each of us. The light that guides us, that lifts us, that makes us who we are today is shining out from our memories—our past. But...

Great Lakes Theater performs “As You Like It”

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
April 11
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

After the prologue, the play’s first scene opens with a spray of sparks as a man in dingy clothing uses a spinning saw. He is surrounded by grey scenery, which successfully creates the illusion of a smoke-filled factory. The scene is like an image from the Second Industrial Revolution come to life,...

Running away to Hungary isn’t necessary; ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ in theatres

Winston Eng, Contributing Reporter
April 11
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Regarded as a surprising success despite debated creative stagnation, Wes Anderson has developed a sense of unique style and originality ever since the debut of his short film “Bottle Rocket” in 1996. What makes him a prolific, productive auteur, comparable to the likes of Woody Allen, Quentin...

Case Footlighters greet spring with dark musical

Case Footlighters greet spring with dark musical

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter
March 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

“Spring Awakening” opens in a quiet German village, but from the first scene tragedy looms over its young characters. The rock musical features an original modern score and is based on a controversial 19th century play. This update works because of the unexpected combination of the play’s dark themes ...

“Deathtrap” — more like laugh trap

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter
February 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

It’s been a long time since I have seen a play like “Deathtrap,” a play that is pure entertainment. Written in 1978 by Ira Levin, “Deathtrap” is a meanly funny comic thriller that follows the story of Sidney Bruhl (played by Tom Ford), a washed-up playwright who lives in the shadow of his former...

“Yentl:” Two hours of awkward, silly accents

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter
January 23
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

I caught myself at least three times with an expression somewhere between confusion and revulsion on my face as I watched “Yentl.” After my initial reaction, I find myself still having similar feelings about the whole experience, despite the distance from the episode. Apparently time does not heal...

Unconventional Broadway in “Once”

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter
November 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“Once” is a pleasant departure from the standard fare of Broadway musicals. It’s a lot simpler and quieter. One usually associates Broadway with blaring, brassy orchestras, dozens of characters and extras and expansive opulent sets. You will find none of these in “Once.” And that’s not necessarily...

Venus in Fur: An Earthly Delight

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter
November 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

It’s incredibly rare that a play succeeds not only in presenting a story filled with sharp wit and thought-provoking themes, but also packaging all of this into a succinct and neatly intermissionless timeframe. “Venus in Fur,” Cleveland Playhouse’s (CPH) latest theatrical endeavor, is a vibrant...

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