Anxiety, Absurdity, and the Postmodernist Millennial: A Bo Burnham Case Study

By Daniella Mazzio, Videographer & Staff Writer Graphic by Daniella Mazzio “Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to someone else.” -Will Rogers In December 2006, Bo Burnham had released his first two videos on YouTube. The very first of the two posted by the then sixteen-year-old musical comedian, titled “My Whole Family…,” is... Continue Reading →


Porchlight’s ‘In The Heights’ casting gamble not worth it

By Lauren Quinlan, Chief Critic Graphic by Klaire Brezinski If you have paid attention to the theatre news stratosphere in the past few months, you may have heard about a controversy surrounding Chicago’s Porchlight Theatre and their production of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Tony-winning musical, In The Heights. The debate centered on the... Continue Reading →

The Death of Living Pictures

By Trisha Mahoney, Editor-in-Chief Graphic by Daniella Mazzio “I heard the Pageant of the Masters is pretty cool theatre thing,” my brother said to me as I tried to pack my Californian trip with as much activity as possible. Disneyland, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, and apparently something called the Pageant of the Masters was... Continue Reading →

Fall Letters from the Editors

Dear Grappler Readers, In an age of online interaction, it is no wonder that even our professional and political spheres are turning into a competition of the most meme-worthy characters. It is these events that are the theatrical moments in our day-to-day life, when a democratic election based on votes turns into a system measured... Continue Reading →

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