This Review Doesn’t Matter

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Right from its “personality quiz” marketing stunt, it’s clear that “You Don’t Matter,” Paul Morris’ latest play, is setting itself up to make a crater-sized impact. The quiz, which has a handful of questions claiming to gauge whether or not you “matter,” is an obvious stunt – for each question,…

Hump Day Update: 08/24/2016

By Rachel A. G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. The Olympics finally came to a close, but…

School Survival Tips with DREAMERS’ Nick Wold

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor It’s that time of year again, with the summer drawing to a close and the days getting shorter and shorter with each sunset. But fret not: a new year of academia brings new hope, and better yet, the debut album from psych-indie trio DREAMERS. The boys are back with an…

Give Death A Good Laugh: “New Canula”

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor “New Canula” sums itself up as “an original unromantic feel good dramedy;” a two-man show with two men who were destined to be cowboys but somehow ended up as the furthest things from it – a suicidal accountant and a low-level engineer-turned-bank-robber. The piece is written by Gary Cremeans II,…

“Walken On Sunshine:” Good Laughs, Better Impressions

By Joseph Myers, Staff Writer In an interview with “The Guardian,” iconic screen actor Christopher Walken described his process of choosing which roles to take — “Things happen, and you say yes or no – usually ‘yes’, because it’s always better to do something.” This quote really stuck with Dave Droxler, who wrote and is…

It Only Takes One – If the One is Emily Carding

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor There can be nothing that tickles the playful, spiteful spirit more than a one-woman production of a Shakespeare show. For plays that were originally done with casts entirely of men, it is supremely satisfying to switch the trend as far around as possible and do away with all the extraneous…

Pleasure, Perversion and Pretense: “Dementia Americana”

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor With “Hamilton” having just won a sweep of Tony Awards, the world is primed and ready for more top-notch plays based off of true historical figures, and “Dementia Americana’s” writers Louis Aquiler and Chris D’Amato produced the perfect script for director Paul Mancini to take advantage of. The Synapse Theater…

Red Dresses, Blue Nights, and Absurd Theater

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Consider, for a moment, a few favorite old adages: it’s the thought that counts, but actions speak louder than words. They’re bit contradictory when paired together, as you surely see. It’s this sense of contradiction and cliche that accompanies Jenna Langbaum’s production “The Night of Blue and Salt,” on now…

“Lamia” Rewrites Tragic Myth in Modern Context

By E.R. Pulgar, Staff Writer The legend of the half-woman, half-snake daemon Lamia goes back to Ancient Greece. Since then, it’s been told and retold so many times, it’s hard to know which version is the original. More than any of these, Theatre Uzume’s knockout production has more in common with John Keats’ narrative poem…

Die Laughing, Leave Thinking in “Inferno a Go-Go”

By Joseph Myers, Staff Writer Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” is a classic poem that most students have encountered in their academic career (which some have read and some have Sparknoted), but how does this 14th century text relate to drag, camp and the human condition in 2016? Given the nature of current events, there are plenty…

Hump Day Update: 08/17/2016

By Rachel A. G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. In late night television news, Comedy Central pulled…

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Privacy in “Mrs. Schrodinger’s Cat”

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Writer and director Tasha Nicole Partee set herself a high bar when she named her latest play “Mrs. Schrodinger’s Cat.” Invoking the name of one of the most iconic thought experiments of quantum physics  immediately catches the eye and prepares the audience to ask more than a few questions. Her…