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Campus locations serve as stages for theatre group performances
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Campus locations serve as stages for theatre group performances

It’s college acceptance season, and swarms of high school seniors are descending on campus for a tour of the U. But next week, those tours will have some competition as UM’s playwriting collective, Astonishing Idiots, will host a walking tour unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Astonishing Idiots usually only puts on two shows each semester….

Miracle Theatre takes on timeless musical ‘West Side Story’
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Miracle Theatre takes on timeless musical ‘West Side Story’

“West Side Story,” Bernstein and Sondheim’s iconic 1957 adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” is an American classic. The feuding gangs, the songs and even the choreography of the opening number are instantly recognizable. With such a well-known work, audience expectations can be sky-high. The production by the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre falls…

Spontaneous dramas developed during 24 Hour Play Festival
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Spontaneous dramas developed during 24 Hour Play Festival

All bets were off as students performed in UM’s annual 24 Hour Plays Festival on Saturday in the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. During the event, studnets were given only 24 hours to execute a play. “There will be chaos, as always,” said Peter Ellenstein, artistic director of the Ring Theatre, in anticipation of the event….

‘Saturday Night’ boasts wit, good energy, great score
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‘Saturday Night’ boasts wit, good energy, great score

Broadway spectacles are typically hit-or-miss, and Sondheim’s productions are no exception. This is especially the case with “Saturday Night,” one of Sondheim’s more obscure plays that debuted in the 90s, nearly 40 years after it was written. However, in true Hammerstein fashion, “Saturday Night” offers a tremendously charismatic performance as a triumphant return to the classic style that…

Creative ideas taken to limit in 24 Hour Play Festival
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Creative ideas taken to limit in 24 Hour Play Festival

Putting on a play is a drawn-out, complicated process. First, a producer must choose the show and fund it. Then, the director has to cast the play and create an artistic vision for the production. The actors rehearse for weeks; the technical team constructs the world of the play and the stage manager keeps the…

Interactive theatre production ‘Changing Conversations’ addresses sexual assault issues
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Interactive theatre production ‘Changing Conversations’ addresses sexual assault issues

Under the direction of Department of Theatre Arts Professor cfrancis blackchild (Carlia Francis), a group of University of Miami students in the Theatre in Action Devising Ensemble have constructed an interactive theatre production addressing the issues of sexual assault on college campuses. The production encourages audience members to speak up and question the attitudes, language and…

‘Saturday Night’ play still relevant to modern audiences
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‘Saturday Night’ play still relevant to modern audiences

Starting on Wednesday, the Department of Theatre Arts will show the acclaimed musical “Saturday Night” at the University of Miami’s Ring Theatre. Being the third play of the theatre’s 2015-16 season, this Hammerstein-esque spectacle comes from the innovative mind of Stephen Sondheim, the highly acclaimed lyricist best known for his compositions in “West Side Story” and “Into the…

Alumna Rachel Dean composes ‘The Ballad of Janis Matthews,’ Area Stage Company to open
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Alumna Rachel Dean composes ‘The Ballad of Janis Matthews,’ Area Stage Company to open

When most people imagine new musicals, they picture Broadway marquees and astronomical ticket prices. However, UM students now have an opportunity to catch an exciting new show composed by one of our very own University of Miami alumni, playing just a short walk from campus: “The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts,” opening this weekend at…

‘See What I Wanna See’ plays in Hecht Studio Theater
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‘See What I Wanna See’ plays in Hecht Studio Theater

Most UM students have heard of the shows at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, the Frost School and CaneStage Company (formerly QuantUM Entertainment). But many would be shocked to learn that there’s an under-the-radar performance space hidden in the freshman dorms. The Hecht Studio Theater, housed in the theatre department on the second floor, is…

‘I’ll Eat You Last’ fails to meet expectations
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‘I’ll Eat You Last’ fails to meet expectations

Everyone loves juicy secrets, especially when the rich and famous are involved. There’s a reason that tabloids are practically a national guilty pleasure. Hollywood’s wheels have always been greased with gossip and backroom deals. The only things that change are the names. The one-woman show “I’ll Eat You Last,” now playing at GableStage, pulls back the…

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