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Bittersweet endings: A review of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
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Bittersweet endings: A review of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

“All things must end,” asserts Boris Semyónov-Pischik, played by Michael Karadsheh ’18, in a rare moment of solemnity for Karadsheh, the perennially hilarious Urinetown veteran. Make no mistake; although Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, directed by Beth Cleary, is adorned liberally with humor, the fact remains that it is, at its heart, about endings. In…

Theater preview: Giving voice to the children in No Child
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Theater preview: Giving voice to the children in No Child

When you hear the words “No Child,” what are you reminded of? For most who lived through the era of intensive standardized testing in American public schools, the phrase “No Child Left Behind” comes to mind. Nilaji Sun, a teacher in the Lower East Side of New York City, saw the effects of the No…

Mixed Blood Theatre teaches us How to Use a Knife
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Mixed Blood Theatre teaches us How to Use a Knife

Will Snider’s How to Use a Knife is as sharp as its title would suggest. A gloriously irreverent comedy that moves deftly between hilarity and heartbreak, it serves as an impressive start to the Mixed Blood Theatre season. For those of our readers who are unfamiliar with this venue, The Mixed Blood Theatre is a…

Miller Shor and Richard Graham star in Venus in Fur
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Miller Shor and Richard Graham star in Venus in Fur

In an all-student show produced by Emily Nadel ’18 and Carter D’Angelo ’17, Miller Shor ’19 and Richard Graham ’19 performed in David Ives’ Venus in Fur on Sept. 8 and 9. Shor and Graham were a dynamic pairing, playing rich and intricate characters as if they were made for these roles. The play begins…

Modern and irreverent, Vietgone explores the meaning of “home”
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Modern and irreverent, Vietgone explores the meaning of “home”

Fantastic show. Unless naughty language bothers you — then Vietgone probably isn’t for you. The play by Qui Nguyen is a potty-mouthed, hilarious and poignant reimagining of the real-life love story between the playwright’s parents, who met in the 1970s at an Arkansas camp for refugees of the Vietnam War. Mark Valdez directs the play,…

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…

In The Parchman Hour, Freedom Riders come alive
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In The Parchman Hour, Freedom Riders come alive

Until November 6, the Guthrie Theater presents The Parchman Hour, a play inspired by the Freedom Riders of 1961. For a play that takes place over half-a-century ago, it holds startling relevance. Mike Wiley, the play’s author, forces the audience to draw parallels between segregation of the ’60s, a time seemingly removed from our own,…

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“Harvey” at the Guthrie: Review

I spent my Friday night watching a six-foot, three-inch character hop around—and no, I was not at the Macalester Men’s Basketball game. I was at Harvey, the play written by Mary Chase in 1944 that won the Pulitzer Prize a year later. Harvey is a comical play which focuses around Uncle Elwood P. Dowd and…

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Family Fragility: Review on The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams came back to life for a short time in Macalester’s production of The Glass Menagerie. From a platform elevated above the other characters, Williams sat at his desk and commented solemnly on his own play. The Macalester Theater Department describes this added text as the “readers’ version,” which was a bold stylistic choice…

“The Clean House” Review
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“The Clean House” Review

To put on a show is an exercise in world-building and empathy and The Clean House, performed this past weekend on Macalester’s Mainstage, has both in spades. Written by Sarah Ruhl, The Clean House tells the story of four women as they navigate their experiences living up to the expectations set by their partners, parents…

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