The Observer

More than a club?

More than a club?

David Pietrow, Staff Reporter

April 12, 2019


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

My first exposure to Indian culture came last year when I was a first-year student living in the Tyler House on the north side of campus. I vividly remember it: I was walking past Wade Commons when I noticed people doing a dance routine inside. As I watched and walked, a substantial number of people inside t...

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. ...

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...

Arts After Dark unites campus performers and arts supporters

Arts After Dark unites campus performers and arts supporters

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018


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

Arts enthusiasts were scattered around Harkness Chapel on Saturday evening, relaxed and ready to watch performances by a variety of their musical peers. Arts After Dark is a semesterly event organized by the Music Undergraduate Student Involvement Committee to showcase the outstanding talent on campu...

East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


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

Fog poured through the darkly lit hall of a 100-year-old church Saturday night, as dark figures stalked through the gloom pursuing evil intentions. Where pews should have stood, rows of theater seating held a sparse audience, enthralled by the tale unfolding before them. It was the second night of the East Clevelan...

“Reckless” asks, “Can you ever really know a person?”

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Writer

October 12, 2018


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

To open the Eldred Theater 2018-19 season, the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater presented six performances of “Reckless” by Craig Lucas. “Reckless” is a hallmark of postmodern theater with underlying themes of loss and identity. The bizarre chain of events in “Reckless...

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