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Review: Kennedy Center’s “Earthrise” takes theater for young audiences to the next level

(08/21/19 4:00am)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences program celebrated with the musical “Earthrise.” The world premiere commission ran from July 18 to Aug. 4 and is part of the center’s yearlong Human Journey initiative. The show was directed at an audience of mainly children, yet I thought that it was a well-crafted work of theatre in its own right. I hadn’t felt that much whimsical joy while watching a musical in a long time. 


‘The Wolves’ brings soccer and female empowerment to the Greenberg Theatre

(02/15/19 2:49am)

Not all students are up early on a Sunday morning. But for the cast of AU’s production of “The Wolves,” they’re already hard at work, rehearsing in the lobby of the Greenberg Theatre. As director Colleen Sullivan looks on, actors engage in a “flocking” exercise, in which each actor takes their turn leading the group through improvised movements, dashing around the space as one unit, one team and one family.  



AU's a cappella groups kick off fall season with preview concert

(09/14/18 4:24am)

Most of AU’s a cappella groups took the stage for the first time this semester at their preview concert on Sept. 8. On A Sensual Note, Treble in Paradise, Dime a Dozen and Pitches Be Trippin’ performed two songs each for a packed crowd in Kay Spiritual Life Center, stirring up excitement for the year to come for the a cappella community. The concert was held a week before their auditions on Sept. 15, and each group hoped to show new students what they’re all about.






SUB’s third annual AmFest unifies students through power of music

(04/23/18 7:58pm)

The crowd at AmFest was thin throughout the night, but as Aminé’s performance approached, the Tavern became increasingly filled with students. When Aminé took the stage, his voice flowed through the room and the lights danced across his face. The crowd lit up and welcomed the Ethiopian rapper they had been waiting for.



Preview: Rude Mechanicals’ ‘Shakespeare Is A White Supremacist’ takes original, racial twist on the Bard

(12/07/17 8:42pm)

It’s Tuesday, Dec. 5, and MGC 4 has been transformed into a performance space by Rude Mechanicals. As tech rehearsal begins, flowers are scattered across the floor, seven chairs are in a circle and actress Cat Ashley sits center stage. The other actors enter the space one by one, and eventually they all come together to do warmups, in front of the audience. They transition into the first scene, in an audition room, and at first it seems like it’s just another audition. But it soon becomes clear that this isn’t an audition, rehearsal process or performance like any other, just like the development of the show itself. This is “Shakespeare Is A White Supremacist.”




SASA’s tenth annual Jalwa Culture and Fashion Show brings South Asia to AU

(10/27/17 4:36pm)

Antara Kshettry took the stage as the final solo performance at the South Asian Student Association’s Jalwa. Kshettry’s performance would make audience members be “shook,” hosts Maya Krishnan and Bakhtawar Mirjat warned, and they were shook, indeed. Kshettry began a Bollywood-style dance performance, moving and swaying to a mashup of several different popular item songs, and she was simply radiant. She felt the music, moved with grace and elegance. The audience went wild.



AU theater department reaffirms commitment to diversity through classes and productions

(10/23/17 12:04pm)

It’s 1997. Theater professor Caleen Jennings calls student Tru Tranh into her office. She just cast him as Richard III in Shakespeare’s “Richard III” and believes he’s the most capable actor to play the role. Yet, she’s thinking: how does Tranh feel as an Asian-American portraying a villain in Shakespeare’s canon, possibly enforcing a stereotype?


Rude Mechanicals’ ‘Something Wicked’ casts a spell on audience

(10/16/17 11:03pm)

How do you break the magic? That’s what Rude Mechanicals sought out to do in creating “Something Wicked,” their fourteenth annual variety show that was performed on October 5-7. Unlike their previous variety shows, this show gave a dark twist to classic tales, connecting all of the 10-minute scenes to tell one cohesive story that made audiences shiver with fear.