‘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

Gettin’ suspicious: Improv, sex and rock ‘n’ roll

They start off screaming. Thirteen lunatics put their body and soul into shouting, “I get knocked down,” from the song “Tubthumping” by British punk band Chumbawamba, so loudly that a security guard enters the Gargoyle, surveys the group and shakes his head. It only gets weirder; some radioactive dads drop in, wolf soup is made and pants almost hit the ground.

Julia Zasso | Theater Editor

Hotchner Festival opens with ‘Laud’atory reading

The A.E. Hotchner New Play Festival took place this past weekend on campus (fun fact: Hotchner, a playwright and Wash. U. alum, co-founded Newman’s Own along with “Cool Hand Luke” himself. How cool is that? No wonder Princeton Review says we have the ninth-best campus food in the country).

| Cadenza Writer

‘In the next room’ with playwright Sarah Ruhl

Playwright Sarah Ruhl came to Washington University Wednesday, April 3, to meet the cast of “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” and to lead the Performing Arts Department’s annual Helen Clanton Morrin Lecture. Ruhl, author of the play, sat down with Wash. U.