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uISA’s “Garba” brings Indian holiday spirit to CWRU

CWRU students gather at uISA's garba last Saturday.

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2019

While most Americans will celebrate the holiday season later this winter, for Indians around the world, ‘tis the season. While most people are only familiar with Diwali—which is happening in the next few weeks, don’t worry—this whole month is jam packed with holidays and celebrations, with one of t...

The Idiot Box makes improv more accessible to the campus

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

September 27, 2019

Over the weekend, in the shadows of Nord Hall’s basement, a new club was born. The Idiot Box club, or “tHe iDiOt bOx” as they prefer to style it, which met for the first time on Sep. 21, is dedicated to building a new home for those who love improvisation, but want to participate in a more casual...

The Book of Mormon comes to Playhouse Square

Fernando Rivera, Contributing Reporter

September 27, 2019

I had never seen “The Book of Mormon” prior to Connor Palace's show on Sunday, Sep. 15, in their recent welcome-back run at Playhouse Square, although I had listened to the soundtrack as a closeted high school senior.  The iconic song, "Turn It Off" satirizes the particularly Mormon experience (and ge...

Giggles galore

Claudia Jazowski, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

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...

More than a club?

Spartan Bhangra team

David Pietrow, Staff Reporter

April 12, 2019

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 members at Lake Effect Comedy Festival

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 5, 2019

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

From left to right, second-year students Nathan Waniorek and Ashlen Trapalis and fourth-year student Alex Gordon recite lines from Shakespeare's comedies. Upper: During a scene in the production, a ghost visits two characters, portrayed by second-year student Ashlen Trapalis and fourth-year student Alex Gordon.

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

March 1, 2019

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


Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019

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

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

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. ...

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