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IMPROVment Takes the Eldred Blackbox

IMPROVment Takes the Eldred Blackbox

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
February 15, 2013
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, 2013
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, 2012
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,...

A MaDaCol Dancer’s Experience

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
December 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, This Week

Editors Note: In addition to her duties with The Observer, Elaina dances in the Mather Dance Collective. She wrote this article to chronicle her experience with the group’s current production.   It is a pleasant and breezy Sunday afternoon. At this time of day, most students are hastening to finish...

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
December 1, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

 “Sometimes people choose what’s bad for them;” says director Kelly McCready about the characters in Chekhov’s famous play. This seems to be their tragedy. Konstantin loves Nina and hopes to impress his actress mother, Arkadna, with his magnum opus. Nina, however, would sacrifice everything for ...

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter
December 1, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

This weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra accompanies the Joffrey Ballet in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker.” This year's show has been performed only once so far, yesterday, in Cleveland, but four more performances are still lined up for the next couple of days. The perform...

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
November 8, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

The lights brighten the stage, revealing the actors' expressions, along with voices harmonizing together, filling up the room. Footlighters, a student-run musical theater group, will be performing the modern musical “Avenue Q” this weekend at Carlton Commons.  The musical covers thematic issues and anxieties that c...

Eldred Theater Presents Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”

Eldred Theater Presents Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
November 6, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

From the people who brought you “Rocky Horror Show” comes a tale quite different in nature: “Dancing at Lughnasa”(pronounced Loo-nasa). It is a bittersweet tale of five sisters as they experience the small human joys that flit briefly on the winds of hardship continually blowing through their lives. The siste...

Hip-Hop at CWRU: Urban Elementz

Hip-Hop at CWRU: Urban Elementz

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
October 13, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

The music is loud, with footsteps stomping rhythmically in time to the beat. This is not your average workout routine. Here in the Veale multipurpose room, Urban Elementz is taking hold of the dance floor.   Started in 2006, Urban Elementz seeks to spread the art of hip-hop dance to the Case Western Reserve ...

Late Night Double Feature: Rocky Horror comes to Eldred Theater!

Late Night Double Feature: Rocky Horror comes to Eldred Theater!

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter
October 5, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

This is not Strosaker! Rather than actors simply acting out the scenes from the iconic cult film on stage, Eldred is pleased to bring you an authentic theater production of the Rocky Horror Show in all its campy glory. Moreover, this is a very special production for Eldred. The last time Eldred put on a music...

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