Best entertainment of 2016

2016 was an interesting year. Here at Cadenza, we like to think it was because of all of the stellar entertainment.

The people behind the plays

his past weekend, two undergraduate students and one graduate student, the winners of a rigorous and selective application process last semester, had their original plays featured at the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. Whether or not you had a chance to see the fruits of their labor, read on to learn more about the writers and the motivations for their work.

| Theater Editor

Thyrsus cancels show following resignations

Amid multiple resignations stemming from disputes about show management, student theatre group Thyrsus canceled its show, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” on Tuesday. The show was set to debut on Thursday, April 21.

| News Editor

‘You Can’t Take it With You’: Hilarious and heartwarming

If you find other people’s awkward experiences funny, the Performing Arts Department’s production of “You Can’t Take it With You” will have you doubled over in laughter in your seat.

| Staff Writer

‘The Vagina Monologues’ to take over Graham Chapel

The women of Washington University speak out and give back this year by performing “The Vagina Monologues,” an award-winning play written by Eve Ensler that focuses on the female experience. “The Vagina Monologues” is a series of monologues that address everything from sex and love to rape and masturbation. This year, Wash. U.

Elena Wandzilak | TV Editor

Students explore social change through class theater performance

Members of a freshman floor grapple with issues like marijuana, Adderall, roommate struggles and pressure to join specific cultural groups—all the while preparing for an impending General Chemistry exam—in “Freshman Dis-Orientation,” a drama performed in the basement of Mallinckrodt Center.

Dylan Bassett | Contributing Reporter

‘My Children! My Africa!’ sparks debate

This weekend, the Performing Arts Department’s “My Children! My Africa!” invites cultured, intelligent and open-minded Washington University students to check their privilege at the stage door. Set in South Africa in 1989, the show follows the story of a dedicated teacher, Mr. M., and two promising but racially segregated students, Thami and Isabel.

| Theatre Editor

Thyrsus’ ‘Good People’: A chat with the director

Thyrsus, Washington University’s exploratory student theater group, hopes to raise questions about the ethics of self-advancement, luck, opportunity and students’ cushy lifestyles with its fall show, “Good People.

| Contributing Reporter

‘Surprisingly inevitable’: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Wash. U.

It sounds like a time-traveling episode of “Degrassi”: a group of 19th-century German teenagers sing their way through depression, suicide, incest, abuse and abandonment, to name just a few of their struggles. However, the dress and given date of “Spring Awakening” quickly stifle any further modern-day allusions.

| Theater Editor

Best of the music of “Spring Awakening”

Washington University’s Performing Arts Department debuts its fall musical, “Spring Awakening,” this weekend in Edison Theatre on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. With book and lyrics by Wash. U. alumnus Steven Sater, the awesome rock ballads of “Spring Awakening” promise to speak to an audience full of tuckered-out students and hyper-attentive parents. While the […]

| Theater Editor