The Observer

Giggles galore

Claudia Jazowski, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theater & Dance

There are giggles galore on Saturday nights at the Eldred Theater Blackbox with Case Western Reserve University’s own improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment. With only two performances left, this comedy show is one you do not want to miss. The shows start at 11 p.m. on April 20 and 9 p.m. on April 27. Be s...

IMPROVment hosts annual improv festival

IMPROVment hosts annual improv festival

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

This past weekend, IMPROVment hosted their eighth annual Lake Effect Improv Festival in the Tink Ballroom on Saturday, March 30. The festival’s name is inspired by our university’s proximity to Lake Erie and contributions to Cleveland’s weather by the lake effect. This year’s festival...

Balancing between silliness, seriousness

Balancing between silliness, seriousness

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

March 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

As a high school student, perhaps the two worst words to hear from an English teacher are “William Shakespeare.” The name itself strikes dread and fear into the hearts of teenagers, leading to groans when it is time for an annual reading of one of the playwright’s many scripts. Hearing that the ...

“Rent Live” showed potential despite production disaster

“Rent Live” showed potential despite production disaster

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

Believe it or not, there was a time when “Rent” was radical. The musical, about a group of young New Yorkers fighting off gentrification in the shadow of the AIDS crisis, premiered off-Broadway, less than a decade after the country’s president would not even utter the word “AIDS” in public. ...

MaDaCol creates memorable experience for audience, dancers alike

MaDaCol creates memorable experience for audience, dancers alike

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

Dance productions are not for everyone. The Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) wants to change that. MaDaCol is one of Case Western Reserve University's oldest student-run organizations, founded in 1984 with the goal of making dance productions accessible to students and members of the Cleveland ...

One-Act Festival provides bite-sized entertainment for CWRU

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theater & Dance

Do you have the attention span of a squirrel? Do you often find yourself losing interest in plays only minutes in? Players’ Theatre Group (PTG) provided a solution to both problems through their hour and thirty minute long One-Act Festival, held in the Eldred Black Box Theater on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. ...

MaDaCol to present a unique modern dance show on Nov. 29

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On Nov. 29, students and faculty from Case Western Reserve University will come together with members of the greater Cleveland community to perform a dance show unlike any other. The Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) is one of CWRU’s oldest undergraduate student organizations, and the group creates an opport...

CWRU dancers paint “Mosaics”

Weiwei Kong, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events

On Friday, Nov. 9, The Case Western Reserve University Department of Dance debuted “Mosaics,” a mix of new and old pieces.  The event featured five pieces, including “Mirage,” “Air for the G-String,” “Bamboo Prayer,” “Caffeinated” and “Imagined Odyssey.” “Mirage” is brand new, whil...

What To Do This Weekend

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Music, What to do this Week

Friday, Nov. 9 What: The Drowsy Chaperone When: Friday/Saturday 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday 3 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Eldred Theatre The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater presents “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The musical comedy written by Bob Martin, Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert an...

Footlighters’ “If/Then” offers emotional experience, displays young talent

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance

“If/Then” is a musical that every college student should see. It asks many of the questions that keep young adults up at night: questions about fate and chance, choice and consequence. The show seeks to answer these questions and more, but occasionally the best the show can do is throw up its han...

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