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University play tells ‘important story’

University play tells ‘important story’

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 24
Filed under Reviews

Through a coming-of-age narrative and passionate performances, “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” felt genuine. The story of “Crumbs” follows teenager Ernestine Crump (Jesmelia Williams) and her family as they navigate Brooklyn as an African-American family in the 1950s. As Ernestine grows, Will...

Coming of age story to illustrate resilience

Coming of age story to illustrate resilience

Gabi Wy, Features Editor
February 15
Filed under Features

As the production nears, The Shield spoke with guest director Ron Himes about working on USI Theatre’s “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” and the meaning of the play in today’s America. Himes is the founder and producing director of The Black Rep, a theatre company in St. Louis, as well as a mem...

‘Mr. Burns’ lacking crucial spark

‘Mr. Burns’ lacking crucial spark

Gavin Gaddis, Staff writer
November 19
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Mr. Burns: a post-electric play is, in a word, problematic. Set mere weeks after a virus wipes away most of humanity, “Mr. Burns” opens with several survivors sitting around a campfire reminiscing about an episode of “The Simpsons,” distracting themselves from fears of nuclear fallout....

‘Putnam’: playful, perfect pick-me-up

Bobby Shipman, Editor-in-Chief
April 20
Filed under Features

Regardless of my politics, I typically hang my head in disappointment when a play or musical digresses from its plot to unabashedly insert the director’s personal agenda. But when said play or musical megaphones its message through the conduit of a lispy 9-year-old with two gay dads and a seething hatred for Donald Trump, I can’t help but crack a grin.

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Musical to highlight ‘the oddity of childhood,’ involve audience

Abigail Suddarth, Staff Writer
April 7
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Alec Willis will play Jesus for the second time in his life in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” His first time playing Jesus was in his high school’s production of “Godspell.”

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‘Peanuts’ perfection

Abigail, Suddarth
March 23
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After laughing until their sides hurt, audiences left “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” grief-stricken and in tears.

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University to perform banned play

Abigail Suddarth, Staff writer
November 11
Filed under Features

King Louis XIV of France banned “Tartuffe” after its first performance. The theatre department will perform the comedy written by Moliere at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19- 21 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Performance Center. “It was banned because Louis XIV believed that there was a risk that people would co...

Students sow emotional depth with ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Students sow emotional depth with ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Bobby Shipman
October 17
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Despite a few first-night fumbles, the cast of USI Theatre’s latest production managed to ensnare its audience with passionate acting and relatable intensity. “The Grapes of Wrath,” adapted for stage by Frank Galati, kicked off the 2015-2016 season Thursday with a nearly packed house. ...

USI Theatre to present ‘Grapes of Wrath’

USI Theatre to present ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Abigail Suddarth
October 8
Filed under Features

He starred as Albert Peterson in “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” showed off his villainous side as Dr. Orin Scrivello in “The Little Shop of Horrors” and now Connor Keef said he will debut his first serious role as Tom Joad in Frank Galati’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” The production opens Oct. 15 and runs...

Theatre Review: ‘Shoot sperm not bullets’

Theatre Review: ‘Shoot sperm not bullets’

Bobby Shipman
November 19
Filed under Features

As I sat in the front row at Tuesday night’s advanced preview of “Lysistrata,” I was taken aback when the character Kinesias placed his penis on my leg mid show. I truly got the full extent of the experience. The scandalous play portrays female empowerment as the women of Greece switched from fle...

USI Theatre presents: In the Next Room or the Vibrator play

Bobby Shipman
November 20
Filed under Reviews

The audience roars with laughter as a tall, thin man cries out in ecstasy. He lays fetal on a black exam table clutching the cushion in unbearable pleasure. A small, dim light bulb dangles accordingly above him flickering wildly. The doctor, short and aged, stands behind the man administering...

“Company”

USI Shield Staff
October 29
Filed under Reviews

For the past two weeks, the USI Theatre Department has been presenting "Company," a musical set in the 60s that emphasizes the fundamentals of marriage. The musical focused on the main character Bobby, played by Antonio King, who is unable to commit to marriage. Bobby is friends with five married...

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