“The Rocky Horror Show” will be the culmination of Washington University’s celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein.” The play presents a more comedic spin on the classic tale, with newly engaged couple Brian and Janet accidentally joining the party where alien Dr. Frank-n-Furter announces his new creation: Rocky Horror, the perfect man.
The A.E. Hotchner Festival—named for the acclaimed writer and alumnus who funds the festival—offers all Washington University students, including graduate students, the opportunity to workshop their original plays with student actors, faculty members and a professional dramaturg, culminating in readings of the pieces and post-show discussions with audiences.
Starting this year, the Performing Arts Department’s shows are free for all full-time Washington University students. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Barbara Schaal led this initiative to make the performing arts more accessible for students.
Sometimes you need a little more than a house party to fulfill your weekend needs. Variety is the spice of life, folks.
Thyrsus took it’s chances on the improvisational play Friday night. Jordan Dubin starred as the show’s lone actor.
I decided to attend this year’s All Student Theatre (AST) Cabaret (entitled “Putin on the Ritz”), both because a friend was performing and also to take my first step toward understanding what is so great about public performance.
No more than a 20-minute walk north of campus is the Tivoli Theater, our local arthouse cinema. It was here that I found my play, in the Tivoli’s National Theatre Live series.
As an avid fan of 1988 dark comedy cult film “Heathers,” I was delighted to see that “Heathers: The Musical” was being brought to life by Washington University’s Cast N’ Crew. But despite the talent of the cast and amazing set construction, the show felt flat.
All Student Theatre gathered for a performance this past Friday night. But, instead of a show they had rehearsed weeks for, the performance was acted out by the audience, as the nautical-themed murder mystery unfolded in three rooms in the Danforth University Center.
It’s a surreal experience to be ushered onto a live stage just as a show is set to begin. Yet, the smiling crew of “Once The Musical” was happily helping its audience onto the main stage Friday night for a pint.