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Long Live the King

Elvis Lives pays the ultimate bright-and-shining tribute It’s been almost four decades since the tragic passing of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. However, this man was unlike many other seminal musical superstars w...


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Family Drama

Photos courtesy of Chino Community Chino Community Theatre’s Little Women delivers an intimate portray of Alcott’s touching story It may not star Santa or Scrooge, but the holiday production by Chino Community Theatre feat...


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Bird on a Wire

To Kill a Mockingbird delves into the still-relevant issues of black and white The story was published in 1960, it’s set in the 1930s, but for Terre Gunkel, To Kill a Mockingbird screams “today.” Gunkel is the director of...



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Costume Change

Photo by White Strobe Photography Beatrice Casagran is putting on a new hat—and a new theater company It’s been said, in advocacy of diversity in the workplace, that one can’t be what one can’t see. A similar idea can ...


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Into the Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest revels in the ridiculousness of Victorian propriety We all have a little Bunburyist in us, and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a good reminder that honesty is the best policy o...


Of Dice and Men

With a roll of the dice and resounding applause, the 1950s musical classic Guys and Dolls opened at Performance Riverside June 5. Directed by Douglas Austin, with choreography by John Vaughan and musical direction by Scott T. S...



UCR Playworks 

A festival of first night plays by UCR student playwrights will take place the last weekend in May. The 20 plays performed at “Playworks” are shorts and one-acts that range in plot complexity and style. With titles like Fis...


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Danny Truxaw’s “The Green Room” Tried

I don’t know any acting students at University of California Riverside, but I imagine they’re competitive, egotistic, and obsessively invested in who’s shagging whom. For that matter, so are the botanists, archaeologists...


Brevity is the Soul of Wit

The infamous Prince of Denmark is taking shape in two forms at Cal State San Bernardino this May, in a classical rendition and a musical parody of the renowned text. “Hamlet” and “Hamlet (The Artist Formerly Known As) Pri...



A Christmas Tale For All Seasons

The most famous of all Christmastime tales comes once again to Chino’s Seventh Street Theatre, and for traditionalists, it should be a pleasing sight. Directed by Tom Kirkpatrick, Chino’s Community Theatre manages to put to...


FREAK OF THE WEEK

Bizarre antics and a killer grin—Bat Boy is to the Weekly World News what Tom Cruise is to Us magazine: the perennial coverboy, as enigmatic as he is endlessly compelling. Like the iconic freak himself (Bat Boy, not Tom), Bat...


DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE

It’s 2 a.m., and 43-year-old Tom (Kadn Fox) is pissed. He just walked in from a frigid Connecticut snowstorm only to find an even icier reception in his bedroom from his wife of 12 years, Beth (Stephanie Grimley). His marriag...



SEX IN THE COUNTRY

Some things change, but the ticklishness of audiences when it comes to jokes about erections and blow jobs isn’t one of them.  Case in point: In 1675, when William Wycherly’s comedy The Country Wife debuted before the uppe...