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Directing Students Debut One-Acts

Six talented students from UCSB’s Department of Theater and Dance share their directing chops with the public.
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‘Shining Lives’ Cast Thrills Despite Stuffy Script

In Spring of 2012, the Theater and Dance Department produced an original play by director Jeff Mills and playwright Valerie Slitor called “Piezoelectric Love: The Half-Life of Marie Curie,” which ...
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TV Star Tom Schanley Takes On ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Actor Tom Schanley has worked on many television shows such as “Criminal Minds,” “Dexter,” and “NCIS,” but recently he’s been at Santa Barbara’s Center Stage Theater rehearsing Tenness...
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‘On the Verge’ of Something Great

In a world where people will line up to buy gadgets that display human ingenuity at its finest, and still complain about their lack of features, Eric Overmyer’s brilliant play “On the Verge” res...
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Steve Aoki Casts a Spell on the Hub

At 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night, nearly 800 UCSB students lined up outside the UCen trying to hide the fact that they were stoned, drunk or rolling from the dozens of Community Service Officers and pol...
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“She Stoops” Approaches Conquering UCSB, Dies Crossing the Alps

My father turned me on to British comedy at a young age. He first showed me “Wallace and Gromit,” “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and, of course, “Mr. Bean.”
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‘Never Say Never’ Will Give You Bieber Fever

The Devil crouched upon the tip of the boy’s ear, hidden under a lock of perfectly swooped hair, and stared out at his screaming followers.
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‘Biederman’s Match’ Entertains, Confuses, Ultimately Satisfies

There are certain things in life and art that are simply not meant to be understood. I don’t understand why Steve Buscemi’s character always died at the end of Coen brothers movies.
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The Dilemma: Typical January Fare

Welcome to January, moviegoers! This is the month where Hollywood’s finest release their most shameful work, allowing them to spend the rest of the year making up for it while us reviewers pick at t...
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Country Strong, Plot Weak

My musical tastes lie somewhere between gangsta rap and a little-known genre called “pirate metal,” so the honky-tonk bar tones and sappy, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy romance lyrics of country music a...
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Saw 3D: Yet Another Series of Uninspiring Killings

Despite what you may believe about the “Saw” movies, they have become the defining horror films of our generation, like “Halloween,” Friday the “Thirteenth” and “A Nightmare on Elm Stree...
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Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell

Sam Raimi’s first true horror movie since directing the “Spider Man” trilogy tells the story of an ambitious bank worker who gets cursed by an angry customer. Filled with the typical cheese and ...
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Rocky Horror: Just As Horrible as Ever

When a film has been in theaters for over three decades, you would expect that film to be either culturally significant, so bad that it’s just that fun to watch or the best damn movie of all time.
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