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2008-09-08 21:00:17

By Lydia Gehring ASHLAND -- The Ashland University Department of Theatre is pleased to announce its 2008-2009 season. The season opens in October with Arthur Miller's chilling classic tale of the Salem witch trials in "The Crucible." The Pulitzer-prize winning comedy "Crimes of the Heart" follows in November. "The Spitfire Grill," with rich melodies reminiscent of a classic all-American musical, warms up February. "The Shape of Things," an outrageously clever play, closes the season with...

2008-08-11 18:00:36

By ESTHER JACOBS The Spitfire Grill George Square Theatre **** MUSICAL DIRECTOR Sam Rapier deserves huge credit for this musical and its well-chosen cast. Only born stage actors could pull off this character-driven performance with the ease this young group manages. The story of The Spitfire Grill will have you laughing in some scenes and trying to hold back the tears in others. There is great chemistry between the performers and they would not be out of their depths on Broadway....

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'