The Observer

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

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2018

“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

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

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

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...

MaDaCol showcases modern themes, old school flare

The Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) rehearsing for their spring performance. Dances were choreographed by second-year graduate students Yizhen Hu and Xiaomeng Zhao, as well as CWRU alumna Karina Browne.

Kyle Smith, Contributing Reporter

April 27, 2018

At the center of a pitch black room, a solitary orange spotlight illuminated a shapeless figure writhing and contorting to the sound of dripping water, scraping metal and distorted mumbling. The scene could have come straight from the script of a Ridley Scott film, but this event didn’t take place ...

“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

1. IMPROVment hosted “Lake Effect,” its annual comedy show on April 7. 2. Fifth-year student Brett DiCello and second-year student Tony Monczewski perform as IMPROVment cast members at “Lake Effect.”

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018

This past weekend, IMPROVment held their seventh annual “Lake Effect” improv comedy festival. The April 7 event was free and open to the public like all of IMPROVment’s shows, and featured visiting improv troupes. One of these troupes was Rare Form, a professional improv comedy troupe from ...

Satirical production knocks audiences “dead”

Players' Theatre Group's

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018

If you had a million dollars and only one week to live, what would you do? In Players’ Theatre Group (PTG)’s production of “The Dead Guy,” Eldon Phelps (Will Erickson), a narrow-minded town loser, faces a tough decision. Phelps is on a reality show that will give him one million dollars to...

A new and improved “Uncle Vanya”

The CWRU Department of Theater's production of

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Contributing Reporter

March 2, 2018

One country house. A new, attractive wife. Boredom. Tea in the sunlight. Unrequited love. Unexpected humor. A gunfight where not a single person is hurt. What could be more interesting? As the third theatrical production of the Eldred Theater’s 2017-18 season, the Case Western Reserve University...

“Love Never Dies” comes to Cleveland

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2018

From Jan. 9 to 28, “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to the popular musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” was put on at Playhouse Square, marking the first time the production has toured in America. A special note in the program by creator Andrew Lloyd Webber states he is “thrilled that Clevelan...

MaDaCol features student choreographers

Sophia Yakumithis, Staff Reporter

December 8, 2017

On the weekend of Nov. 30, the Department of Dance presented the Fall Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol), a series of performances by a group of over 50 dancers. The program premiered works by second-year graduate students Xiaomeng Zhao and Yizhen Hu, as well as Master of Fine Arts alumna Dani Dowler. MaDaCol...

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