‘Complete Works’ receives mixed reviews

By: Hannah Paige Michels ~Head Photo Editor~ Last week, Xavier Theatre hosted a second round of Shakespeare performances with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. While the leadup to the comical show seemed promising, the play ultimately fell flat. Most audience members were cackling throughout the performance in a sea of laughter. I, on the other hand, was desperately trying to find humor in a show that came off as boisterously juvenile. Knowing Xavier Theatre to put on rather intense performances that demand a lot from its actors, I expected the choice in comedy to be more clever … Continue reading ‘Complete Works’ receives mixed reviews

XU ‘Music Man’ receives singing praise

By: Hannah Paige Michels ~Head Photographer~ Xavier Theatre’s outstanding performance this weekend had The Music Man marching right into our hearts. The musical follows con man Harold Hill to Iowa as he convinces the people of River City to let him form a boys’ band before he skips town. Harold struggles with exposing his charade when he falls for the local librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo. Eric Minion fell nicely into his role of Harold Hill and made up for his average vocals with a lively and charming performance. Without a doubt, Rachael Petranek, playing Marian Paroo, stole the … Continue reading XU ‘Music Man’ receives singing praise

Xavier Theatre commemorates 9/11

By: Tyler Wade ~Guest Writer~ The Guys by Anne Nelson is a powerful reading focusing on 9/11 and the repercussions of the attack. The reading, directed by first-year Ellie Conniff, follows Joan (played by first-year Catherine Sholtis), a writer/editor who receives a unique request from the local fire chief, Nick (played by first-year Aaron Robinson). While the reading wasn’t very long, I left feeling the gravity of the event. It left me with something to reflect on, as the impact on those who knew someone who passed that day was displayed in full force. Nick had lost eight workers in … Continue reading Xavier Theatre commemorates 9/11