—Originally published February 13, 2017—

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 Imagine U’s production of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo. Let’s hear what they had to say on their way back from the theater…


“I’ve been crying too much at shows lately,” Eleanor said.

Gwen laughed as she watched her friend dry her eyes with a sleeve. “Yeah, first Body Awareness and now this.”

“Can I help it if everything going up this quarter is designed to make me emotional?” Eleanor asked. “It’s all so magically sweet, it’s like watching a small child discover the true meaning of Christmas, or whatever. Can you blame me if I cry when everything I watch is pulling my heartstrings like a damn harp?

“I guess not,” Gwen said, smiling at the image.

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