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Vibrators may cause hysterical laughter

Despite its raunchy dialogue, “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)“ emotionally resonated with a very engaged audience.

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

December 1, 2017

For two weekends during November, the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater put on the Tony-nominated show “In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl. The play ran from from Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-19, giving audiences six opportunities to see how there was no concept...

“Medea” almost unrecognizable

Madison Avolio, Arts & Entertainment Designer

November 17, 2017

When sitting down to watch a rendition of a famous Greek tragedy such as “Medea”, surprises are typically unheard of. The audience knows the plot before the entertainment even begins. Medea, the titular character of the opera, is supposed to be a wicked woman who murders her Jason’s wife-to-be...

Footwork in two realities

The Dance Department's

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017

The Case Western Reserve University community had the opportunity to see a landmark performance for two weekends this November. In the finale of “Vistas”, the dance department’s fall concert, audiences can experience a pioneering performance using mixed-reality technology, Microsoft HoloLens. The...

“Now Circa Then” uses the past to tell a modern story

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 2, 2017

On Oct. 27 and 28, Players’ Theatre Group (PTG) took over the Eldred Black Box Theater to bring to life the classic story of a young girl moving to New York City, this time with a twist. The small theater held audiences for two shows featuring third-year student Hira Qureshi as Margie, a Pakistani...

“Into the Woods” takes the stage

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017

The CWRU Footlighters is Case Western Reserve University’s very own student-run musical theater group. Every semester, they put on a musicalーusually in Carlton Commonsーwhich is a fully staged production. They have put on a variety of productions, ranging from “Legally Blonde” last year ...

“Boy gets girl” displays uncomfortable truths on stage

“Boy gets girl” displays uncomfortable truths on stage

Chloe Mieras, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017

“The boy sees the girl and falls in love. They begin a tentative relationship一but what happens when the girl ultimately says ‘no?’” Players’ Theater Group tackled this story in their newest show, “Boy Gets Girl,” on Oct 13 and 14 in the Eldred Black Box, where audiences saw an intim...

Two-man show wows in the Black Box

Two-man show wows in the Black Box

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017

This past week, fourth-year student Brett DiCello and second-year student Tony Monczewski, both theater and biomedical engineering majors, brought two artists to life in the Eldred Black Box with Players’ Theater Group’s “Red.” DiCello portrayed Rothko, a older artist working on a commissione...

Theater undergraduates to act with the Cleveland Public Theater

Victoria Radcliffe, Contributing Reporter

October 6, 2017

JP Peralta and Nailah Mathews, both third-year theater students, have secured roles in shows with the Cleveland Public Theater. Peralta is acting as Zhang Sallerendos in Eric Coble’s “The Family Claxon” starting this weekend, Oct. 5, and Mathews as Kreesha and Wan in Lisa Langford’s “The Art...

A reminder that vulnerability is not weakness

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

September 29, 2017

The first Eldred Theater main stage show of this year is “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” by Paul Zindel, and will run both this weekend and next weekend. The production is directed by Melissa Crum, a guest director from the Cleveland area, and focuses on a dysfunctional fami...

Our favorite sponge sings his way into our hearts

Victoria Radcliffe, Contributing Reporter

September 29, 2017

The cast recording of the world premiere of “SpongeBob Squarepants: The New Musical” was released on Sept. 22 and features songs written by beloved artists such as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Panic! At the Disco and John Legend. Although one would expect these musicians to provide quality tra...

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