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Within a play: Reviewing the ‘troupe of actors’ method

Zach Barr, Theater Columnist

May 30, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current, Theater

No one said theater is easy. In film, at the very least, each project is its own individual work, which, unless it's a remake, has never been done before. Even a remake will have a different script and creative decisions being...

The stock characters: Reviewing ‘Trouble in Mind’ and ‘The Fantasticks’

Zach Barr, Theater Columnist

May 20, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current, Theater

It's rare, especially in this day and age, that we hear a story that is truly simple. A character moves from stasis into conflict, goes through trials to overcome the conflict and eventually overcomes the conflict. Nowadays, audiences...

Adrenaline pumping: Reviewing “The 24 Hour Theatre Project” and “Boomshaka: Disclosure”

Zach Barr, Theater Columnist

May 14, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Music, The Current, Theater

I've heard people talking about this last weekend as "the gap week" for student theater. True, none of the nine major student theater groups on campus put anything up, but there were certainly shows to go see (beyond just the...

Beginning to Mean Something: Reviewing ‘Double Feature,’ ‘Endgame’

Zach Barr, Theater Columnist

May 7, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current, Theater

I'm of a strong opinion that theater should primarily be for the audience. Why else would you invite them to come and watch? You can be the most interesting, the most intelligent, the most boundary-pushing and edgy piece of theater,...

Ambition consumes us: Reviewing “Moby Dick”

Zach Barr, Theater Columnist

April 30, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Books, Columns & Reviews, The Current, Theater

Few names at Northwestern have the kind of awesome, deity-like sheen about them as the name "David Catlin." Ever since co-founding Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company in 1988, Catlin's work has been revered, both throughout...

Songs of Themselves: Reviewing ‘The Lilliput Troupe’ and ‘Fight or Flight’

Zach Barr, Theater Columnist

April 30, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current, Theater

This was a good week for student theater. Vertigo, the first StuCo board to mount a full show this quarter, presented Communication senior Gaby FeBland's new play "The Lilliput Troupe" this past weekend. With two of its five...

Q&A: Christopher Anselmo, co-creator of ‘Fable’

Tori Latham, Reporter

April 23, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Personality Profiles, The Current, Theater

The New York Musical Theatre Festival has given artists the chance to stage their shows in a professional setting since 2004. This year, Communication sophomore Christopher Anselmo and his writing partner, New York University sophomore...

Songs and stories: Reviewing NU’s a cappella traditions

Zach Barr, Columnist

April 21, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Events, Music, The Current, Theater

I had a vague idea of what to expect when entering Extreme Measures' a cappella show, "Extreme Measures Quits The Group,"  in the Jones Great Room on Friday. The purported story, from the posters as well as the Facebook event,...

Expecting what’s unexpected: Reviewing ‘Tailspin’ and ‘Festival of Devised Works’

Zach Barr, Columnist

April 16, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, The Current, Theater

Usually, when reviewing a show, the audience has some semblance of what to expect — whether it's a drama, a comedy, a musical or something in between. But sometimes, shows give the audience no hints as to what they should expect,...