—Originally published February 23, 2015—

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of Northwestern students who always go to see plays together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the Girls saw “James and the Giant Peach,” a musical by Pasek and Paul, presented by Northwestern’s Imagine U’s theatre program for young audiences. Let’s hear what they had to say…


“I liked it,” said Eleanor.

“So did I…” said Gwen, with a hint of hesitation in her voice.

“Yeah.” Dania added.

The three girls walked quietly out of the theatre amid the chorus of small children that ran around them, dragging their parents out of the talkback that had followed the performance. In their turn, they spun through the revolving door out of the Torso Lobby of the Wirtz Center and into the biting February wind. Dania tightened her scarf.

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