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Arts

The Irresistible Arturo Ui: Play Preview

Monday night marked the first full-dress rehearsal for the actors in Macalester College’s spring drama, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, a work of “Epic Theater” by Bertolt Brecht. This rehearsal began what’s known in theatrical circles as “hell week,” so named for the long, trying hours each member of the production must work before…

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…

Mohamed Samatar//Theater and Performance Studies
Arts

Mohamed Samatar//Theater and Performance Studies

Every week, The Mac Weekly interviews one senior majoring in an artistic field at Macalester. This week, we spoke with Mohamed Samatar, a Theatre & Performance Studies major. Where are you originally from? I grew up in the Twin Cities, but my parents are originally from Somalia—so I have roots there. Do you have any…

Rob Gelberg// Playwright & Actor
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Rob Gelberg// Playwright & Actor

Every week, The Mac Weekly interviews one senior majoring in an artistic field at Macalester. This week, we spoke with Rob Gelberg, a creative writing major who specializes in theater. Where are you from? North Caldwell, NJ. What is your major? I’m an English major on a creative writing path with a Religious Studies minor….

Arts

Uncle Vanya: Theater Review

Uncle Vanya is a classic play by Anton Chekov that puts the tragedy of the banal front and center. The version being staged at the Guthrie is a newer adaption written by Brian Friel and the Wurtle Thrust stage offers great views from any seat in the house. I saw Uncle Vanya on Sept. 17th,…

John Bennett: Theater & Dance major
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John Bennett: Theater & Dance major

Every week, The Mac Weekly interviews one senior majoring in an artistic field at Macalester. This week, we spoke with John Bennett, a Theater & Dance major graduating in January 2014. Where are you originally from? Minneapolis. Do you have any other majors or minors besides Theater and Dance? No, I was going to minor…

Students show support for Nielsen through art and sound
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Students show support for Nielsen through art and sound

“Unhappy with recent tenure decisions? Come join our Week of Actions in the lobby of the Fine Arts Commons. Speak up and let your voice be heard!” Those words hang from a banner displayed above Café Mac and are one of many new installations across campus erected in support of Professor Lara Nielsen, who is…

Hip Hop Hopes show opens this weekend
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Hip Hop Hopes show opens this weekend

An unusual piece will soon make its debut in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The show, Hip Hop Hopes: What’s Going On? features Macalester students and one St. Thomas student. It is an artistic collaboration created by the students, theatre professor Harry Waters, Jr. and various guest artists, including co-director Leah Nelson and set…

Students support Lara Nielsen’s tenure appeal
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Students support Lara Nielsen’s tenure appeal

Students in the Theatre and Dance Department have called Associate Professor Lara Nielsen “the weaver of our intellectual heartstrings.” She was nominated for Best Educator by the Macalester College Student Government in 2010, and co-edited a collection of essays last year titled Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations. Last December, Nielsen was denied tenure by…

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