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Rich Girl: To be or Not To Be a Rom-Com

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre Critic
May 13, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

It seems to be a growing trend among Cleveland Playhouse Productions to tell an insightful and often heart-wrenching narrative about some fundamental truth of human nature through comedy. In March, “Good People” managed to pull it off to rousing applause. Unfortunately, “Rich Girls” chokes on i...

Ever thought an “Assassin” was sitting next to you?

Ever thought an “Assassin” was sitting next to you?

Katy Witkowski, A&E Editor
April 26, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, This Week

John Wilkes Booth walks into a bar with Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Sara Jane Moore, and Leon Czolgosz. What does Booth do? Being the infamous assassin that he is, he influences the others to follow his footsteps and be forever remembered as killers, even if they don’t succeed. That bar is...

Case TV: independently bringing smiles to campus

Case TV: independently bringing smiles to campus

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
April 26, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Theatre & Dance

It’s a typical day at Case Western Reserve University, until you start walking along Leutner Pavilion, where there seems to be some sort of spectacle. Video cameras surround the scene, and an unsuspecting individual is interviewing a student. All of the sudden, the student shrieks and jumps. This is...

Coming to Eldred Theater: “The Crucible”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre Reporter
April 12, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Conformity is powerful. Even here, at Case Western Reserve University, you can feel it. You raise your hand to ask a question. You might be asked to stand. You get up and your voice, clear at the beginning, slowly weakens as you notice that the eyes of your classmates have started to fixate on you. You...

Charleston, Blues, and Balboa: CWRU Swing Club

Elaina Lin, Theatre & Dance Reporter
April 5, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

From afar, echoes and sounds from the 1920’s pull one along to the wide-open space of the Nord Atrium. The upbeat music takes hold, swinging the day away. The Case Western Reserve University Swing Club offers swing dancing lessons to not only CWRU students, but the Cleveland Institute of Art and...

“Good People” at Cleveland Playhouse

“Good People” at Cleveland Playhouse

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre Critic
April 5, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

Who are “Good People?” This is what Margie Walsh calls her one time friend and lover, Mike Dillon just after “busting balls” about how he has become “lace-curtain.” A phrase that describes parvenu middle-class Irish who want to assimilate into mainstream American culture to distance themselves...

CWRU Dance Department Presents Converging Pathways

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
March 29, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The blue glow brightens in the background whilst the dancers hold their poses, creating an aesthetically pleasing silhouette. The Spring Master of Fine Arts thesis concert, Converging Pathways, was presented last week at the Mather Dance Center. The dance thesis concert featured works choreographed by...

Broadway Cabaret Benefit at Club Isabella

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
March 29, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Case Theater Society (CTS) is holding a free Broadway Cabaret Benefit to raise money for United Way, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Mar. 30 at Club Isabella in Little Italy. Directed by Thayer Juergens, the benefit will honor musical director Brad Wyner, who worked with members...

“The Devil’s Music”: hazards of stardom

Jason Walsh, Music Critic
March 1, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith is not a play. It is a concert with a few words between songs. That said; it is absolutely wonderful. Miche Braden roars onto the stage as Bessie, filling the entire Allen Theater with an exquisite rendition of Bessie’s greatest hits. Live piano,...

Eldred Theater presents: the 5th of July

Eldred Theater presents: the 5th of July

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
February 22, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

What do we do after the day of celebration is over, after the big event? We might sleep. We might think about what we did and saw the night before, about the fireworks bursting in the sky. We might even feel a bit of sadness – something approaching nostalgia – for all the preparation and thought...

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