William Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a romantic play that started the trope of a woman disguised as a man. His playful play explored the dynamics between multiple couples through friendship, compromise, and love. Performed at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford upon Avon but watched online by yours truly, this play was a joy to watch and you can experience it too on Digital Theatre Plus.
Written by Grace Chen
Although these performances are recorded online, the feeling of a live play is still present In the show. The camera work makes up for the lack of connection between the performer and audience in an in-person play. The closeups allow the viewers behind the screen to have a better understanding of what the actor is trying to convey. In fact, I liked this aspect of watching a recording the most since there have been many times where I’ve sat far away from the stage and have had trouble seeing what the actor’s facial expressions are.
I started the semester not knowing what classes I would take so I just looked for classes that filled some gen-ed requirements. I found FAA110 which I thought was unique and the professor reviews on “rate my professors” were amazing. I decided to sign up for the class and in all honesty, I have never had any professors that were so generous, passionate and supportive.
In terms of the class, it was pretty straightforward and the syllabus was on point. I went into the class thinking it would be like theater class that I took in high school because for that class we had to go to the theater shows almost every week and we would just talk about the history of theatre. However, It was nothing like my high school class it was more about our experiences, what we enjoyed, share our thoughts about live performances and discuss arts that we never think about. Such as the architecture of your house, and think about things that you never cared about such as nanny cams.
All in all, I learned a lot from this class and helped me find a passion I never would have discovered otherwise. I am really grateful that I had the opportunity to take a class with professors that are so humble and down to earth. I will continue going to Krannert shows because it gives you the opportunity to forget everything going on around you and just enjoy a couple hours in heaven.
Some of the events in Krannert that I had the pleasure of attending.
UI Symphony Orchestra
UI Jazz Band
Book all carols performed by the choir during the 2019 carol concert.
The tale starts from the returning soldiers talking about their wife at home. Some of them leave them in a heartbeat; some of them share another marriage journey with someone else; some of them, or one of them, Lucretia, stay faithful.
Singer-songwriter Lauren Turk has something to say, and a lovely voice to use to her advantage. Turk, a University of Illinois alumni, joined us at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts in an intimate small concert session. Her presence is energizing and tranquil. She has a voice that could fill a larger venue, and it’s one that deserves to be heard by many.
Who ever knew that the adventure to help yourself could be full of so many surprises?
By: Deja Cook- Reynolds
To begin, I wanted to start off with what made me smile in this piece, because I watched this performance because of a class, yes, but I also wanted to enjoy the show. So, I had to find something that I liked throughout the performance, though that wasn’t hard. I think the part that I enjoyed the most and indeed was the reason for the smile on my face was the statue character. Continue reading →