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Coming to Eldred Theater: “The Crucible”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre Reporter
April 12
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...

IMPROVment Takes the Eldred Blackbox

IMPROVment Takes the Eldred Blackbox

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
February 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

A bright-lit stage, enclosed within dark-painted walls, awaits an audience who applaud enthusiastically. Students and fans slip into seats, eager to engage with the show about to start. Taking the stage is CWRU’s student improvisation group, IMPROVment, who perform every week in the Eldred Theatre blac...

Bell, Book and Candle: there is no magic here

Bell, Book and Candle: there is no magic here

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
January 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

Give me frogs, locusts; anything but this! There is no love potion, spell or unholy power strong enough to compel me to write a favorable review of this two and a half hour plague of monotony, filled with enough empty-headed, meaningless, and downright cheesy dialogue to make an inarticulate monologue...

A Carol for Cleveland at Cleveland Play House

A Carol for Cleveland at Cleveland Play House

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
December 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

Things certainly have changed since Dickens’ time. The miserly scrooge-like main character is now poor and has a family but still cannot feel the Christmas spirit. It’s almost like a peak into the classic Scrooge’s life if he would have proposed to the woman he loved instead of pursuing money; then,...

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