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‘Starcatcher’ is humorous, but lacking

By: Griff Bludworth ~Staff Writer~ It is easy to feel as if theater demands either huge musical numbers or a profound stance on life to warrant its price of admission, especially at such a grand venue as Playhouse in the Park’s Marx Theater. The Playhouse’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” tries to subvert exactly … Continue reading

‘Anything Goes’ sails on shaky waters

By: Jon Hogue ~Staff Columnist~ As a part of its 2014-15 musical showcase, the Aronoff Center presented the Broadway classic, “Anything Goes.” Since 1934, “Anything Goes” has been a benchmark for theatrical excellence. The show’s current U.S. tour is a part of the production’s sixth theatrical revival. Several revivals have received Tony Awards for their … Continue reading

‘Midsummer’ marvels like none other

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ A gaggle of medically-induced lovers, an aptly-named thespian who acts like an ass and a copious amount of conjuring make up the wonder that is the Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This raucous production, directed by Jeremy Dubin … Continue reading

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Love, obsession and jealousy follow four crisscrossed lovers as they venture into an enchanted fairy forest in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Now, with help from theater professional Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Xavier’s theater department joins with the magic and humor in Shakespeare’s most famous comedy. “We like … Continue reading

‘SNL 40’ prompts guffaws and awkwardness

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ No one sitting in the audience of Studio 8H of Rockefeller Plaza on Oct. 11, 1975, could have ever predicted the importance of that Saturday night in New York City. Not only was it the premiere of “Saturday Night Live” — one of the most influential comedy shows in television … Continue reading

Faculty Profile: Rick Endres

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Students, faculty and visitorsoften have the opportunity to attend musical and theatrical performances at Xavier. However, they may not know just who holds the chaos of ticket sales and behind-the-scenes operations together to make these experiences possible. Since July 2014, this has been Richard Endres’ task. In addition to being the Director of Operations and Recruitment, a position he has held … Continue reading

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ delivers an emotional wallop

By: Griff Bludworth ~Staff Colomnist~ The best plays are the ones in which the stakes are always high, the circumstances always immediate and the audience always tense. Plays like these make people feel a lot while watching and think after leaving. This ideology pervades the Know Theatre’s production of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” an adaptation of … Continue reading

“Le Chat Noir”

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ “Le Chat Noir,” 19th Century Paris’ first cabaret house, is making a comeback this February with Xavier Players’ own version of the show. “We called it ‘Le Chat Noir’ because it was, in France, a coffee house,” the musical director, Laura DeBrunner, said. “We’re doing something like that: sophisticated, but also simple.” The Xavier Players’ version of “Le Chat Noir” … Continue reading

“Ring of Fire” burns out quickly

By: Tatum Hunter ~Opinions & Editorials Editor~ Despite fantastic musicality and performances, “Ring of Fire” misses the mark in terms of narration, innovation and appeal Musical theater has its own special corniness, loved and hated by some, that influences anything it touches. The jukebox musical, with its Broadway-style singing and choreography, may be a perfect format for the dance anthems … Continue reading

NBC and Fox announce live TV musical developments

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ Both NBC and Fox have plans to broadcast live-action musicals for next winter. Following the ratings success of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” NBC has planned another live musical. According to Entertainment Weekly, Chief Robert Greenblatt told reporters that the network has received the licensing rights to “The Wiz” and “The Music Man” as of Jan. 16. Greenblatt likes … Continue reading

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