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Finding Woyzeck : Woyzeck @ UC Irvine – Review

Written by Mike Martin 

UCI’s recent production of Woyzeck (continuing through next weekend) is a clash of styles and themes. To truly give the show the critique it deserves it is important to note that the play Woyzeck does not exist in any whole form. The author Georg Büchner, died before finishing his final work and it was subsequently finished posthumously by a variety of authors to varying effect. As such, no two productions tend to be the same. The scenes may be flip-flopped, deleted, or expounded upon by anyone with an urge to add a translation credit to their resume. One thing though, does seem to remain constant. Woyzeck is, at its heart, a story of class struggle and the de-humanization the poor suffer at the hands of the establishment. Continue Reading

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Black & White Gothic Tale : Clybourne Park @ University of California, Irvine – Review

Daniella Litvak 

Clybourne Park is a title that would not be out of place on a bookshelf of Gothic novels.  The play itself has a lot of Gothic elements and the setting is gloomy.  There is a fallen hero in the story and the characters are dealing with doubt, tragedy, and transition.  All of these features add atmosphere and tension to this satire about race and real estate. 

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Nicole Cowans and Amandla Bearden star in “Clybourne Park” Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

The play begins in the year 1959.  Bev and Russ are selling their home in Clybourne Park –a suburban neighborhood in Chicago.  However, the community is appalled to learn the buyers are African-American.  Flash forward to 2009 where Clybourne Park has become a predominately African-American neighborhood, and a white couple are moving in. Continue Reading

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One Night Only : Brown Bag Theatre Company Presents “Los Vendidos” Directed By Sara Guerra @ UCI

Brown Bag Theatre Company invites you to come see our end of the quarter one act. A slightly mounted staged reading of Los Vendidos “the sellouts” directed by Sara Guerrero.

Los Vendidos takes place in a fictious California town inside Honest Sancho’s used Mexican Lot & Mexican Curio Shop. Here in Honest Sancho’s you can find all your stereotypical Mexicans ready for you to buy, manipulate, and command for any of your needs. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #39 presented by OCR : These Shining Lives @ University of California, Irvine – Podcast

Catherine Donohue and her friends have loving families and good jobs painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces at Chicago’s Radium Dial Company, and the 1920s seem full of promise. The war is over, the economy booming, and Catherine bobs her hair and treats the girls to banana splits to celebrate their new prosperity. The tragedy comes when Catherine and her colleagues begin falling ill, one by one, with mystifying ailments. When the cause of their symptoms finally becomes clear, Catherine and her friends must find a way to deal with their own inconvenient truth. Taken from UCI website 

November 21 – December 6th 

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Anteater TV Interview with the cast and crew : Man of La Mancha @ UCI in Irvine – Video

November 14 – 22, 2015
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure as playwright, poet and tax collector, has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Spanish Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is dragged before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his few possessions—including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, Don Quixote. Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play. The “court” agrees, and Cervantes and his manservant apply make-up and costumes, transforming themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Quixote – a man of questionable sanity – and Sancho take to the road in a quest to restore the age of chivalry, battle all evil, and right all wrongs. Taken from UCI website 

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AMB Theatre Podcast #38 presented by OCR – Man Of La Mancha @ University of California, Irvine – Podcast


Man of La Mancha is the story of Miguel de Cervantes, aging, and an utter failure as playwright, poet and tax collector, who has been thrown into a dungeon of a prison in Seville to await trial by the Spanish Inquisition. There, he is dragged before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners. Based on The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Man of La Manchais a comic tragedy of mankind’s struggle to better both himself and the world. Taken from the press release. 

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Evenings: Nov. 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8:00 pm
Evening: Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm
Matinees: Nov. 15*, 21, 22 at 2:00 pm

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Photo Courtesy : Rehearsal Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

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