Articles by: Cleo Aukland

Spring Awakening covers heavy themes with grace

Spring Awakening covers heavy themes with grace

In a surprisingly intimate production for its Page Commons location, this past weekend Powder and Wig’s Spring Awakening impressed audiences and tackled difficult issues with grace. Spring Awakening, a 2006 musical adaptation of the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, explores the confusing emotions of teenage sexuality, including puberty, and the lack of sex education in the setting of late 19th […]

Archer Dreamland review

Archer Dreamland review

Adam Reed’s Archer season seven ended with a gut punch. So much so that the show itself wasn’t guaranteed to continue. But, in the tradition of long-running adult cartoons, it’s back. Following the continued trope of detective-noir, this season is set in the 1940s in both fictitious and literal Dreamland—in Sterling Archer’s head—rather than the ambiguous vintage-modern mix of previous […]

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Spring Awakening director speaks about upcoming performance

Spring Awakening director speaks about upcoming performance

This coming weekend, Powder and Wig will put on the critically-acclaimed Spring Awakening in Page Commons. Echo spoke with director Katie Monteleone ’18 to discuss her views on the upcoming production. Echo: How did you decide to put on Spring Awakening? Katie Monteleone: I wanted to direct Spring Awakening because it has been one of my favorite musicals for a […]

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Review: Beauty and the Beast

Review: Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s highly anticipated live-action Beauty and the Beast reboot was as glamorous and magical as promised. Starring a freckled Emma Watson as Belle and heavily bearded Dan Stevens as The Beast, the film paid homage to the classic animated film by recreating almost exact scenes and outfits. However, the revamped version featured a star-studded cast including Emma Thompson, Sir Ian […]

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Buffy: female empowerment never gets old

Buffy: female empowerment never gets old

Buffy the Vampire Slayer sounds a bit ridiculous, if we’re being honest. It comes across as  campy, childish, and the makeup consists, in the beginning seasons, of masks and yellow contacts. Even the name “Buffy” is fictional and entirely 90s. But it’s also one of the greatest television shows of all time. It features, as promised by the title, Buffy […]

The theory of the drunken poet

The theory of the drunken poet

It never ceases to amaze me when I find cross-discipline parallels in my classes. That’s obviously the point of a liberal arts education, to span subjects, broaden minds, and urge students to find links where there previously were none. French works of art appear in art history and the restructuring of Paris emerges in art history. Something that linked three […]

S.H.O.U.T. speaker Janet Mock speaks to trans-activism

S.H.O.U.T. speaker Janet Mock speaks to trans-activism

There was excited chatter in the Chapel as students, professors, and guests alike sat in anticipation for S.H.O.U.T. keynote speaker Janet Mock. The trans activist known for her book Redefining Realness spoke last Wednesday to kick off S.H.O.U.T. week. Mock, looking sleek and put together, took the stage to tumultuous applause. She jumped right in, discussing her poor background in […]

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Love second season out March 10

Love second season out March 10

Looking for the next binge-able TV show? Love, a ten episode Netflix series starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust which came out February 2016, is about just that. Love. It’s nuanced, coated with layers of internal struggles and relationship pains. The second season comes out on Netflix on Friday, March 10.The show begins with two bad breakups for Mickey (Jacobs) […]

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RISD professor discusses artistic relationship between art and words

RISD professor discusses artistic relationship between art and words

An eclectic collection of artists and writers grouped into a classroom in Diamond on Tuesday Feb. 21 to listen to Jennifer Liese of the Rhode Island School of Design speak about writing and art and how they connect. It was a discussion of how artists express themselves with both visual and textual components. Liese studies artists’ writing “as a kind […]

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Looking for something with more depth than The Bachelor? Here’s a show about The Bachelor

Looking for something with more depth than The Bachelor? Here’s a show about The Bachelor

For those of us putting off work for two hours on Monday night to collectively sit and watch the infamous Bachelor, the question always arises: how much of this stuff is real? And by “real,” the accurate term would be “produced.” The Bachelor and The Bachelorette attract their fans with a cocktail of catfights, revealing clothing, and lots of drama. […]

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