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Don’t feed the plants

Don't feed the plants

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2016

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a popular play in theaters this season; the entertaining show saw a successful run at the Cleveland Play House and is being performed in several high school theaters in the area. It generally does well with both audiences and theatre critics. Fortunately for Case Western...

An Irish twist on Hollywood

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2016

Eldred Theater’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” advertises itself as a play about a crippled boy pursuing his dreams of going to Hollywood. The show actually covers so much more than this. In all actuality, Hollywood filming is a very small aspect of the play, and this strengthens the show. “The...

What if?

The Musical is energetic, but not memorable enough to make a lasting impact on audience members.

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 26, 2016

New York, true love and a role originated by Idina Menzel: From a general description, this musical is poised to be a hit. But that’s part of the problem with “If/Then”—it’s too calculated for ticket office success to be interesting. From a plot standpoint, the musical has potential: Elizabeth...

In “No Exit,” Hell is other people

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2016

Artists and writers have portrayed Hell in various ways: everything from fire and brimstone to endless nothingness has been offered as possibilities for eternal torment. The playwright Jean-Paul Sartre contributed his existentialist take on Hell with “No Exit,” a play recently performed by Players’...

Here’s the theater to look for in Cleveland this semester

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Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 22, 2016

“No Exit”—Jan. 22-23 8 p.m., Eldred Theater Blackbox (Player’s Theater Group), Free Player’s Theater Group is ready to welcome students back to campus with this existentialist play by Jean-Paul Sartre. In this play, the afterlife is imagined as a room where three characters are locked together...

Middle Eastern Cultural Association Hafleh draws CWRU, Cleveland community

Ashley Chan, Public Relations Manager

December 7, 2015

Ahlan wa sahlan: welcome. On Friday, Nov. 20, adults, children and individuals of all cultures gathered in the Thwing Atrium to attend the Middle Eastern Cultural Association (MECA)’s annual Fall Hafleh, which benefitted the Mohammad Jamal Scholarship and Education Fund. “Hafleh,” meanin...

“The Addams Family” is dark and engaging

The eccentric but morose Addams Family clashes with the normal world in the Theater Department's current musical.

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2015

Although “The Addams Family” is not pitch perfect, it does manage to be hilarious while showcasing bizarre characters and macabre musical numbers. The musical centers on the darkly eccentric Addams Family, which consists of suave Gomez (Brett DiCello), enchanting Morticia (Bridgette Garb), Gomez’s...

Player’s Theater Group performs eerie one-act play

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 13, 2015

It seems right that a play about the brevity of life should only last 40 minutes. This was the case with “Kaleidoscope,” the Ray Bradbury one-act produced by the Players’ Theatre Group. The story begins with an average day aboard a spaceship as the crew members check in with an automated psychoanalyst....

Hold on to Halloween with “The Addams Family”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2015

The notoriously gloomy Wednesday Addams might have been happier as a Friday. Unless, of course, she was Friday the 13th, like the first night of Eldred Theater’s production of “The Addams Family.” The darkly whimsical musical will be playing at Eldred Theater, directed by Department of Theater...

Play’s comedy is strong, but drama falls flat

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015

On Halloween night, I attended “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” with the promise of lots of profanity and a comedic drama that would make me reflect on my own life. Two parts of that were delivered. Centered around Jackie (Connor Wolfe), a recovering cocaine addict fresh out of prison with a mission...

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