Tag: play

In The Parchman Hour, Freedom Riders come alive
Arts

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,…

Arts

“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…

Arts

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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In the Blood: A Reflection

Actor Stephen Straub ‘14 made a joke to describe certain audience members’ reactions to the Theater and Dance Department’s spring show, In the Blood: “How do you make a typical Macalester student uncomfortable? Tell them the truth.” Two weeks after the play’s closing night, audience members and team members alike are still reeling from the…

Opinion

In Defense of “The Government Inspector”

I have recently heard more than enough denigrating Macalester’s recent stage production of “The Government Inspector,” which I greatly enjoyed. It has been argued that the portrayal of female characters was overly shallow and sexist due to their limited interests (e.g. men) portrayed on the stage. I would like to offer a rebuttal in particular…

Opinion

“The Government Inspector”: A serious regression for Mac

As many of you may have watched, Macalester’s fall mainstage production was a piece entitled “The Government Inspector”, written in the 1800s. I want to keep that fact in mind as we move through this discussion, and I also want to acknowledge the phenomenal acting that occurred on the stage. I don’t want this critique…

Behind the scenes: Gogol at Macalester
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Behind the scenes: Gogol at Macalester

In the opening scene, town officials enter the mayor’s mansion one by one, slamming the door and causing several picture frames to fall to the ground. Each arrival results in chaos on stage and chuckles from the audience. For its fall show, the Macalester Theater and Dance Department performed Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 play, “The Government…

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