By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer| The San Manuel Student Union Theatre presented its first play, “Panza Monologues", on March 3, organized by the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). The play is based on the book, "The Panza Monologues,” written by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga. It is a solo performance based on women’s stories about their panzas, which means “bellies” in English. The book features Chicanas speaking with humor and honesty about their stories, including their panza. The panza represents as a symbol, revealing the truths about their experience with life, love, abuse, living conditions, obstacles and political concerns. The monologues are a combination of comedy and … [Read more...] about The Panza Monologues
By Robert Klimper |Staff Writer| A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedic Shakespearean play, brought humor, drama and a bit of magic to the stage of Blackhawk Theatre at Citrus Valley High School, from Feb. 16 until the 25th. The play was put on by the Honor Troupe at Citrus Valley High School, which is given the name due to the actors being held to a higher standard with tougher plays. A major component of A Midsummer Night's Dream is fairies in a forest casting magic and playing tricks on humans that wander into the forest. The concept of a Shakespeare play can seem like a tough task to tackle, and for some, it can be hard to interpret what is said due to the unique language the … [Read more...] about Shakespeare Lives!
By Haecheol Jang |Staff Writer| Trends have always existed and today’s trends can quickly become viral online. YouTube helps to spread many trends. Currently, there is a new trend in the online world: the T-Rex Costume. People wear the T-Rex costume and act out in many funny situations. Many people can be surprised by the costume's appearance. It looks like a real Tyrannosaurus Rex! There are many funny video clips on YouTube related to this costume, and there are even a few Facebook pages dedicated to the costumed humor. Some clips depict people running on a treadmill while wearing the costume. Another clip shows a person wearing the T-Rex costume while … [Read more...] about T-Rex Costume
By Jose Alvarez | Staff Writer | Farm workers are being honored through a play that will take place on campus that celebrates 50 years of CSUSB and Farm Workers Theater. Carlos Satizábal, a nationally awarded playwright and poet, has been invited to CSUSB to work alongside Bibiana Diaz. Satizábal will be aiding Director Diaz in the final stages of the play. Although Diaz and Satizábal don’t mention Cesar Chavez’s name, the play will reflect on the impact he and Luis Valdez had on farm workers in the 1960s. “La Quinta Temporada” and “Los Vendidos” are the two plays that will be adapted for the stage thanks to a collaboration from Acto Latino … [Read more...] about Honoring farm workers
By Alejandro Cardenas |Staff Writer| The mysterious and spooky Addams Family (Snap, Snap!) came to life in the timeless, Old Town Temecula. When I was told that I would be traveling to Temecula to see an Addams Family Musical, I was apprehensive to the idea considering that musicals have never been my thing and I had never heard of Old Town Temecula, all I could think about were the million other things I could be doing with my Friday night. My mood quickly changed as I made my way into Old Town’s, Front Street which was alive with the lights and music of the numerous restaurants and cantinas. I wobbled my way towards the Old Town Community Theater, when I finally arrived I found … [Read more...] about Addams Family spooks the stage
By Chrisoula Baroudos |Staff Writer| University Theater at CSUSB presents Invisible, coming out March 7-16 and held at the Ronald E. Barnes Theater. This play is based on the two novels, “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells and “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison. This whole play is a student assemble piece, even the set design was designed students that attend the college. Kevin Ezeh, a CSUSB alumni wrote this play, and collaborated with the director Kathryn Ervin about his ideas. Ervin, the director, expressed her views about what this production is about and what the audience can expect. “This production began as an exploration of two novels whose central character was ‘an … [Read more...] about Can you see it now?
By Diana Ramos |Staff Writer| Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” hit the California Theater on Feb. 14 -16 bringing in a full house at $80 per ticket. This new thrilling spin-off of the classic tale Frankenstein takes a complete left turn with the monster’s character. Instead of having a dim-witted monster like most writers have in their version of “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelly had a fast learning monster with a robotic like brain that was able to learn how to read, write and reason all in less than a year. The actors that performed in “Frankenstein,” held in the California Theater were good at making you feel the emotions they were portraying. The actor that played Frankenstein’s … [Read more...] about The California Theater presents “Frankenstein”
By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer| The local theaters and venues in San Bernardino and Riverside offer highly anticipated live entertainment ranging from plays to music festivals and performances. The Fox Theater is well known for historically being the first theater to present the classic movie “Gone with the Wind,” starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable back in 1939. The Masters of Harmony returned to the venue with a performance called “Pulling Out the Stops," on April 28. The choir, directed by Justin Miller, sings different types of songs such as: jazz, Broadway, classical and more, according to the Fox Theater’s official website. The theater is also looking for … [Read more...] about Live entertainment to hit local theaters
By Anthony Lopez |Staff Writer| In the intimate setting of the Ronald E. Barnes Theater, the epic tale by Euripides, "The Trojan Women: A Love Story," was wonderfully performed this Friday night by the CSUSB Department of Theatre Arts. Euripides' story is originally set in Troy and Greece at the end of The Trojan War, giving an account of what happened to the women of Troy. It then switches into a tale of the Greek men returning from war, but is given a contemporary interpretation with the adaption by the playwright Charles L. Mee, all to the delight of the audience. In this modern production, Mee has soldiers carry Uzis instead of spears and talk about tanks and helicopters in … [Read more...] about From Mount Olympus to the San Bernardino foothills: The Trojan Women reviewed
By Matthew Bramlett |Arts & Entertainment Editor| The CSUSB Theatre Arts Department is set to ring in the spring season with their rendition of Nilaja Sun’s award-winning play “No Child.” The play, opening on March 9, is a comedy that focuses on a teacher instilling a love of the arts on a group of low-income and underprivileged teenagers in New York City. It will be directed by Dr. Kathryn Ervin, who is also the chair of the department. “It’s about how just the smallest amount of exposure in the arts can change people in a profound way,” said Josh Gren, the theatre department’s public relations specialist. The play is the semi-autobiographical story of Sun, a former … [Read more...] about CSUSB thespians set for new show