The Observer

CWRU’s theater department takes a bow

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

The show must go on, as they say, and on it went. On April 24, members of the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater came together via Zoom to put on their production of William Inge’s play “Bus Stop,” Eldred’s final show this season, that was originally scheduled to be performe...

Are we allowed to enjoy “The Scottsboro Boys” musical?

The musical “The Scottsboro Boys,” uses real historical events to talk about racism.

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

February 27, 2020

Director Jon Martinez's production of “The Scottsboro Boys,” that ended its three-week run at the Beck Center for the Arts last Sunday, Feb. 23, challenges the (mostly white) audience to think about what theater should be and what they are allowed to enjoy. It also challenges them to remember rac...

Samāsana brings Indian dance competition to Cleveland

The executive board of Samāsana at a mixer with all competing teams the night before the competition.

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 6, 2020

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Samāsana debuted as Cleveland’s first national, intercollegiate Indian classical dance competition.  Third-year student Sunayana Jampanaboyana and fourth-year student Janani Kanagasundaram, who are members of Case Western Reserve University Nritya, founded Samāsana. Kanagasundaram had su...

“King Stag” prances into audience’s hearts

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

December 6, 2019

The beginning of "King Stag" was a little confusing. The pre-show music had stopped, the "please enjoy the show" announcement was over and there was nobody on stage. And yet, nothing was happening. The audience just sat there in silence. It felt like something had gone wrong, like the crew just was...

uISA and Naach di Cleveland team up for CWRU’s largest cultural event

Spartan Bhangra performs at Andaaz x Naach di Jolly.

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

After a semester jam packed with events, from a Navratri Garba to an Education Week fundraiser to a “Diwali” dinner, the Undergraduate Indian Students Association (uISA) capped off the year with their bombastic Andaaz event.  Held in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Nov. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m...

Players’ Theatre Group performs “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” at the Eldred Black Box

Natalie Perry and Richard Pannullo in a scene of

Lewis Nelken, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Light and shadow cascaded over six college thespians in a struggle to change the perception of women in the new age last weekend, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Eldred Black Box Theater. “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” was an hour-long series of vignettes that left the audience in a stupor, switching from...

CWRU Performance Showcase dazzles prospective students

CWRU Nritya Performing at the Performance Showcase

Emily Young, Development Editor

November 15, 2019

For hopeful students dreaming of going to Case Western Reserve University, there is no greater experience than the Diversity Overnight program. A chance to meet real students and live life as a college student for a day is one of the best ways to discover all that CWRU has to offer. The Office of ...

“She Loves Me” gives a charming take on relationships and first impressions

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

November 8, 2019

I consider myself to be a Footlighters regular. I’ve now seen four of the five shows Footlighters has put on in my time here at Case Western Reserve University. I didn’t get to see their production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” last semester, so I was eager to see this semester’s show, “...

Costumes and comedy at IMPROVment’s Halloween Spooktacular

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

November 1, 2019

Pennywise, Ms. Frizzle and Guy Fieri stand in a line, eyeing each other up. “Letty, I think you’ve got it!” second-year student Camille Witt said. Fifth-year student Leticia “Letty” Dornfeld smiled under her orange wig and straightened her solar system dress, as Pennywise and Guy Fieri ba...

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

Adam Benjamin, Contributing Reporter

October 25, 2019

“Wakey, Wakey” is Dobama Theatre’s Midwest premiere of playwright Will Eno’s mysterious exploration of mortality.  “Wakey, Wakey” stars Jason Martin as Guy, a man whose vitality burns through his witty soliloquy and visceral morality. Martin draws the audience in with his charm, establ...

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