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USI Theater’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ hilarious, utterly sincere

USI Theater's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' hilarious, utterly sincere

Emma Corry, Feature Editor

February 25, 2020

Growing up can be trying for any young teen. It’s even harder if you’re a Jewish-Polish teen living in 1930s Brooklyn.  The Great Depression and an inevitable world war can’t compare to the greatest challenge of all: your own family. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon was USI Thea...

Play to feature family drama, coming-of-age

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Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

People normally hide their awkward sides, but this was not the case for Eli Young, who tapped into his inner awkwardness for his upcoming role as a teenage boy going through puberty.  The USI Theatre Department is continuing its season with “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” The play is a comedy coming-...

Play to combine steampunk with classic Shakespeare comedy

Easton Crisp, a sophomore theatre major, and Jada Hampton, a senior theatre major, rehearse a scene.

Emma Corry, Features Editor

November 6, 2019

Easton Crisp wears heelys when he plays Puck for the upcoming USI Theatre production of William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  The sophomore theatre major had never worn heelys before he began wearing them after the second or third rehearsal. Crisp would practice with them whenever...

‘The Dude in Me’ needs more depth, pizzazz

'The Dude in Me' needs more depth, pizzazz

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

It might seem inconvenient when you switch bodies with someone completely different than you, but for Dong-Hyun, a chubby high school student, and Pan-Soo, a member of a criminal organization, switching bodies was exactly what they needed. “The Dude in Me” is a Korean movie that was recently release...

Comedic spin on fairy tales in ‘Cursed Princess Club’

Comedic spin on fairy tales in 'Cursed Princess Club'

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

March 26, 2019

Why do princesses always have to be drop-dead gorgeous? Why can’t there be normal looking princesses? Or better yet . . . a princess who may not be so fair and perfect? “Cursed Princess Club” created by webtoon artist LambCat turns the tables on typical fairy tale tropes. Instead of depicting a ...

Marvel movie offers fan-favorites

Marvel movie offers fan-favorites

Jeana Evehart, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018

For over a year, Marvel Studios has been producing film after film, giving fans an overflow of movies to enjoy, each one adding new depth to the Marvel franchise. The latest addition to Marvel brought audiences the sequel to “Ant-Man,” titled “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Fans were excited to see the ret...

Patton Oswalt special emotional, outstanding

Patton Oswalt special emotional, outstanding

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

October 18, 2017

Wikipedia Commons With his newest Netflix special “Annihilation,” Patton Oswalt delivers a stand-up set that transcends mere jokes, becoming a narrative journey of emotion, grief, and comedy. From the opening shot, things feel different. The usual unfunny opening skit most stand-up specials h...

‘Bordertown’ fails to keep out bad animation, lame jokes

Gavin Gaddis, Community Engagement Manager

April 12, 2017

Fox’s new failed attempt at humor, “Bordertown,” is like what would happen if one took every failed joke in “Family Guy” and cut them into a 22 minute sitcom. In the fictional border town of Mexifornia, a border guard named Bud Buckwald (Hank Azaria) deals with the supposedly endlessly frustr...

‘Comedy is a brilliant vehicle’

Comedian and previous

Megan Thorne, Features Editor

April 10, 2016

When Drew Lynch was 20 years old a softball hit him in the throat causing vocal trauma and a permanent stutter. Since then Lynch has taken his adversity and turned it into comedy.

‘Dirty Grandpa’: Come for the sex, stay for the Greek

'Dirty Grandpa': Come for the sex, stay for the Greek

Gavin Gaddis

January 27, 2016

“Dirty Grandpa” could be a hilarious comedy, in an alternate dimension.

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