Review of the Guthrie Theatre’s King Lear
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Review of the Guthrie Theatre’s King Lear

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedies, following Lear’s slow descent into madness after bequeathing his kingdom to two of his three daughters. It’s a painful and poetic play to watch, and aspects of it have been adapted into many different forms, from Jane Smiley’s novel A Thousand Acres to parts of The…

Dance, theatre and music in Macalester’s production of Medea
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Dance, theatre and music in Macalester’s production of Medea

This past weekend, the music and theatre and dance departments put on a collaborative performance of Medea, a play by ancient Greek playwright Euripides. The Macalester Orchestra, conducted by professor Mark Mandarano, played Samuel Barber’s “Medea Suite” while dancers performed choreography by professor Wynn Fricke that was adapted from Martha Graham’s original work “Cave of…

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Bodies in the Balance: Fall dance concert preview

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and dancers are lying on the studio floor in the Leonard Center. There’s some laughing and a few stories exchanged about Saturday night, and a lot of ankle cracking. When Brian Evans — a dance department faculty member and the choreographer of the piece the dancers are working on — joins…

Music professor Mark Mazullo and the melodies of dance
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Music professor Mark Mazullo and the melodies of dance

Last Thursday at noon, Macalester students and community members gathered in Mairs Concert Hall for a lunchtime piano concert performed by Macalester music professor Mark Mazullo and other collaborators, such as composer Christopher Gable and members of the Christopher Watson Dance Company. The audience was garrulous as the piano arrived onstage, but when Mazullo appeared,…

Motherlanded: this May
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Motherlanded: this May

For the past two months, Julia Gay ’16 has been meeting with her director to rehearse a one-woman show called “motherlanded.” The show is part of Julia’s capstone in American Studies, but more importantly, it’s an exploration of Julia’s identity as a Chinese adoptee. In her performance, she will delve into her experiences using movement,…

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Review: Songs My Brother Taught Me

There’s a lot of fire in Songs My Brothers Taught Me, a 2015 film directed by Chloe Zhao. The film opens with a fire that causes the death of the protagonist’s father, and there’s a haunting climax where dreams literally go up in smoke. But there are also warm, hopeful scenes of Powwows around enormous…

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Stitchworks // Preview

The spring dance show, “Stitchworks,” opens with women in blue unitards circling and leaping across the stage, each dancer falling in and out of pattern in a rhythm reminiscent of the working parts of a clock. “Parts of a whole” is a theme that many of the group numbers in the concert follow. Cassidy Foust…

Theater Major// STEPHANIE MESSER
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Theater Major// STEPHANIE MESSER

Every week, The Mac Weekly interviews one senior majoring in an artistic field at Macalester. This week, we spoke with Stephanie Messer, who is majoring in theater. How did you decide to become a theater major? It was actually more of a process of denial [rather] than [a] decision, really. I had done it all…

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night // Review

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a moody, atmospheric vampire movie showing at Walker Art Center over the next few weeks, is a perfect film for the Halloween season. It’s a subtitled Iranian film, shot in shadowy black and white with a purposeful soundtrack and actors with distinct, memorable faces. It’s not a horror…

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