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“God of Carnage”

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ The weekend of Nov. 14-16 marked the three-day run of Xavier Player’s darkly-comedic performance of Yazmina Reza’s “God of Carnage.” The success of “God of Carnage” was grounded in its simplicity and expert use of timing. The high tension and humanistic exposé were complimented by the performer’s ability to deliver … Continue reading

“Once” enraptures over and over again

By: Jon Hogue ~Guest Writer~ Most love stories are typical: guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love and then they both live happily ever after. In a make-believe world love always works out, but everyone knows real life does not follow this storyline. Love can sometimes bring people together only to have them … Continue reading

Xavier thespian spurs growth at alma mater

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Katie Geckle, a theology major graduating in December, is exploring the world of theater in an impressive and unique way: as McAuley High School’s theater director and teacher. An alumna of the Cincinnati high school, Geckle once again became involved in McAuley’s theater program last year when the school was … Continue reading

Players presents “God of Carnage”

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Opening Nov. 14 is Xavier Players’ upcoming performance of the philosophically controversial “God of Carnage.” Written by French playwright Yasima Reza, “God of Carnage” will premiere as the first full length show from Xavier’s entirely student-run theater group. The dynamically-nuanced play examines human nature through the lens of two dueling … Continue reading

“Peter Pan” skillfully marvels

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ The Cincinnati Ballet’s production of “Peter Pan,” which ran from Nov. 7 to 9, sparkled like pixie dust on the Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts’ stage in downtown Cincinnati. The ballet is based on the classic tale of Peter Pan’s adventures through Neverland along with Wendy, John and Michael … Continue reading

“The Birds” terrorizes

By: Katelyn Summers ~Copy Editor~ For those looking for an immersive horror experience, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s (CSC) “The Birds,” directed by Brian Isaac Phillips, offers feelings of terror and much more. Based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier and adapted for the stage by Conor McPherson, “The Birds” has little in common with … Continue reading

Gripping “Safe House” delivers from beginning to end

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The sheer brilliance and potency of live theatre exploded on Oct. 23 at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park with the world premiere of “Safe House.” Penned by Cincinnati native Keith Josef Adkins, this compelling historical drama revolves around brothers Addison and Frank Pedigrew, along with their Aunt Dorcas, … Continue reading

Jubilant “Godspell” gladdens

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The Xavier Department of Music and Theatre premiered Stephen Schwartz’s parable-infused musical “Godspell” to both guffaws and tears. Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, “Godspell” gathers a motley crew of 12 seemingly-professional John and Jane Does who have been distracted from Jesus’ word for too long. Through … Continue reading


By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” will be opening at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17. at the Gallagher Center Theatre. Based on the story of Jesus Christ, this upbeat musical centers on a group of ordinary people making a journey and learning life lessons. The story is structured as a series of parables based … Continue reading

Scrumptious “Spaghetti” satisfies

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Sept. 27 marked the premiere of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s brand new foodie comedy, “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.” The very fresh and original play is a one-woman show set in Giulia Melucci’s kitchen, as she showcases her long history of failed relationships and the long-lasting lessons … Continue reading

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