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Living Out @ CSU Fullerton – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

Some plays let you escape. For at least a couple of hours, you are no longer worried about the assignments you missed, the depressing news stories you heard, or the dread of slogging through another yet another week. The play might even give some degree of optimism you can take with you to remember when things get rough. Then there are the plays that shove your fears and worries back in your face. Living Out falls into the second category. Continue Reading

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Telekinetically Inclined : Carrie the Musical @ CSUF in Fullerton – Review

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(Top to Bottom) Brooke Aston as Margaret White and Madeline Ellingson as Carrie White Photo by Alvin Chiu.

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

In what is possibly the most logical decision a theatre department made this month, Cal State Fullerton has elected to put on Carrie the Musical.  With Halloween just around the corner it’s nice to have a spooky show to watch, and it’s even nicer to see a musical with some gore to shepherd in the holiday.  Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie has served as the inspiration for three films (and a horrible sequel),  and the picture of a girl drenched in blood is so iconic most people recall the image if not the actual story it originates from.  After a spectacular failure as a production on Broadway, many people thought Carrie the Musical was over for good until the Off-Broadway revival took a hatchet the original score and script.  Now Carrie the Musical is back with a vengeance, and Cal State Fullerton is bringing us their version of the telekinetic teen.  Of all the “scary” shows I have seen this is definitely one of the better ones. Continue Reading

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Dancing at Lughnasa @ CSUF in Fullerton – Review

Written by Zack Johnston 

(Photo Courtesy of CSUF College of The Arts)

For the dense slice-of-life story Dancing at Lughnasa, it can be understandably tricky to create an entirely captivating production. While Cal State Fullerton’s production of the Irish drama fails to engage in compelling storytelling, it succeeds in some of its performance and technical aspects.

Set in Donegal, Ireland in 1936, the humble Mundy siblings struggle to maintain their household while different obstacles threaten their stability. With an absent father, an ill-minded brother and the household’s main source of income on the line, the five Mundy sisters must find a balance between pleasure and discipline. Continue Reading

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