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Theater Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ rocks Pomona stage

Kristina Bugante Editor in Chief Stomping and frustrated German teens in wild haircuts, Doc Martens and 19th-century garb wailed their hearts out to a contemporary score in Pomona College’s rocking production of “Spring Awakening,” which ran Nov. 20-23 at Seaver Theatre in Claremont. “Spring Awakening,” a rock musical that premiered on Broadway in 2006, is based off the 1891 German play... 

‘Spelling Bee’ comes to life with audience

‘Spelling Bee’ comes to life with audience
Jessie Bias, left, plays the imaginary mother of shy Olive (Katie Ochoa) in the duet “The I Love You Song.” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical directed and choreographed by La Verne alumnus and professional director Zach Johnson, opened Nov. 13 in Dailey Theatre and continues through this weekend. The musical touched on the rigors of competition, with each participant of... 

One-man show takes a dramatic turn

One-man show takes a dramatic turn
Kristopher Lee Bicknell, performs in “Dramatis Personae” in the Jane Dibbell Cabaret. Written and directed by Sean Dillon and Curtin Krick, the one-man show transported the audience through the history of theater. However, the show doesn’t quite go according to plan. The audience is made to believe Bicknell’s show goes awry when the mishaps are really part of the performance. / photo by Julian... 

To improv or not to improv

To improv or not to improv
Members of Shakespearean improv group A Horse perform Sept. 20 in the Jane Dibbell Cabaret. Performers Amanda Barnes, Carolyn Marie Wright, Rollin Perry and John David Williams asked the crowd for titles of plays Shakespeare might write today and performed one tragedy and comedy in the form of Shakespearean dialogue. The event, hosted by Professor of English Jeffery Kahan, was the opener for the Shakespeare... 

‘Laramie Project’ approaches gay rights issues

Erum Jaffrey Assistant Editor Center stage stood six chairs, all in a circle facing the audience, below a perimeter of transparent screens that outlined the ceiling of the Jane Dibbell Cabaret, projecting images related to each scene. “The Laramie Project,” performed by the theater department, shared a poignant message about a hate crime that happened in the city of Laramie, Wyoming back in 1998. In... 

‘Missing Marissa’

‘Missing Marissa’
The ULV Theater Department released its last set of directing projects last week. Senior theater major Jake Tittl starred in “Missing Marissa” by John Patrick Stanley, which was directed by senior theater major Jordan Randall. The production featured only two characters that were both missing the same elusive woman. / photo by Alison Rodriguez  Read More →

Saints, sinners explored in re-enactment

Saints, sinners explored in re-enactment
Julia Reinhard Lupton, a professor of Shakespeare Studies at UC Irvine, discusses ‘Measure for Measure’ in Dailey Theatre on Saturday. She addressed the characters’ backgrounds and certain scenes with the audience in introducing the play that followed the lecture. Some of the audience volunteered to read lines from scenes and explain what they thought each scene was about. / photo by Austen Beck Cody... 

‘Measure For Measure’ delivers laughs

Erum Jaffrey Staff Writer Trapped in the hands of a ruthless hypocrite, nun Isabella cannot release Lord Angelo’s lustful grip as he groped her body, pleading for Isabella to give up her chastity. Angelo releases his grip, failing to convince Isabella, as she leaves him shattered and ignites a fury in his unrelenting soul. The main characters in William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” deal... 

Shakespeare play offers ‘Measure’ of humor

Shakespeare play offers 'Measure' of humor
Sophomore theater major Jordan Klomp and senior theater major Daniel Ramirez play the roles of Escalus and Lord Angelo in the upcoming production of “Measure For Measure.” The comedy addresses hypocrisy, justice, truth and mercy centered around the lives of several citizens in Vienna. The show premieres 7:30 p.m. April 24 in Dailey Theater and will run through May 4. / photo by Alison Rodriguez Alejandra... 

Directors take on Croatian humor: Gender-swaps included

Directors take on Croatian humor: Gender-swaps included
Karla Rendon Arts Editor The Department of Theatre Arts premiered “A Gaggle of Gavrans” as the directing class’ midterm last Wednesday and Thursday at the Jane Dibbell Cabaret. Forty people attended to see the two different 30 minute scenes. The first was “Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy” directed by Jake Tittl and the second was “Shakespeare and Elizabet” directed by Maryanne Householder... 
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