The Aristophanesathon: A Cheeky, Feminist Feast as Means of Refuge in Our Turbulent Times

By Mariah Schultz Talking turtles, horny Athenians, and kiddy daiquiris are just a few of the delights in store if you dare to sit through the four hours of The Hypocrites’ The Aristophanesathon. That’s right, folks, you read that correctly. Four hours of Aristophanes’ eleven surviving comedies including two twenty minute intermissions. But rest assured,... Continue Reading →


The Art of Satire, and Those Who Fail to Make It

by Mariah Schultz and Aidan Senn There is a fine line between satire and humor. The two can often coalesce, but humor is merely a byproduct of satire, not the sole function. At its heart, satire is meant to critique a clear truth in an exaggerated and often  absurd (and humorous) extent. It requires precise... Continue Reading →

Fleabag: The Anti-Rom Com

by Maddy Mason Ryan Gosling holds Rachel McAdams up in the pouring rain. Leo and Kate look longingly off to the side as their giant faces flank the RMS Titanic. Jennifer Garner skips in front of an outline of New York city, wearing a little slip and trenchcoat. The Rom-Com ranks pretty low for me... Continue Reading →

We Need a Comedy of Humanity

by Jordan Scott Hardesty The United States deserves a good laugh. We’ve been wrapped up in news articles, disingenuous speeches, suffering, and chaos for well over a year and honestly, it’s taking a toll on our mental health. A couple of years ago, we wouldn’t willingly look to argue with strangers on the internet over... Continue Reading →

Who IS the Big Bad Wolf?

by Trisha Mahoney I watch a lot of television. And a lot of superhero films. They are a wonderful escape from the reality of my daily grind of navigating difficult and nuanced socially conscious conversations. I love my job as a dramaturg, but those conversations are easier to have when it is black and white.... Continue Reading →

The Oldest Profession

by Maddy Mason My theatrical career began in the ensemble. I played the pivotal role of Bystander #1 in Les Miserables, screaming “Look out!” as I ran down the dark aisles of the 24th Street Theater. Without this crucial line said by Bystander #1, we would not have the emotional stakes of the Runaway Cart... Continue Reading →

Not Just A Simple Show

by Maddy Mason I mean this statement with all sincerity: Spongebob Squarepants the Musical might be one of the best modern musicals written. Bold statement, considering all the shows written within the past twenty years. But, after seeing this show when it was in Chicago, I felt like I was witnessing a blockbuster in the... Continue Reading →

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