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Sex, gender roles take center stage in victorian comedy

SF State students Jennifer Marte (left) and Elyssa Mersdorf (right) act out a scene from the play “In The Next Room” during the final dress rehearsal in the Little Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Photo by Travis Wesley

Jeianne Baniqued
October 19, 2016
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The first main-stage play of the semester took place Thursday evening at Little Theatre. Theatre students delivered orgasmic emotions of empathy and laughter in “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” a Victorian parlor comedy about the early history of the vibrator. Directed by theatre professor Bill Peters an...

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing welcomes the roaring ’20s

Aaron Moses (left) and Regina Leon (right) embrace each other on stage during the rehearsal of Much Ado About Nothing in the Creative Arts building an upcoming show at SF State Monday Nov. 16. (Imani Miller / Xpress)

Isabella Ohlmeyer
November 17, 2015
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One year after the world commemorated the onset of World War I with candlelight vigils, SF State's theatre department will put on their second main stage production of the year, a '20s-themed rendition of "Much Ado About Nothing," at the Little Theatre Thursday, Nov. 19. SF State's version of t...

Roommates and co-stars lead main stage in Stop Kiss

Lauren Prentiss (left) and Rosie Anderson (right), co-stars in the play,

Isabella Ohlmeyer
October 5, 2015
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The familiar sound of popcorn kernels firing away in the microwave signals the beginning of movie night at the home of SF State theatre majors Lauren "Lo" Prentiss and Rosie Anderson. While the two share giggles from the comfort of their living room on weekend nights, the roommates' prose is far different...

“Learned Ladies” play educates using comedic satire

The Learned Ladies cast warms up before opening night by running through songs and games in SF State's Little Theater Saturday, March 7. (Kate Fraser / Xpress)

Kalani Ruidas
March 10, 2015
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Dressed in immaculately curled wigs and dramatic 17th Century garb, the characters of French classic play "Learned Ladies" pit love and knowledge against each other in an over-the-top family feud. SF State's theater arts department debuted its spin on Moliere's classic satire in the Little Theatre...

Dead Man’s Cell Phone premiere creates buzz and laughter with SF State audience

Lo Prentiss, playing Jean, and Jacob Hsieh, playing Dwight, bows after

Hannah Mullins
October 22, 2014
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A quiet café is where it all went down. A woman sat at a table addressing thank-you cards, when the bothersome buzz of a man’s cell phone begins. This new age comedy tells the tragic tale of a man with loose ends. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” was the first theater production of the semester at SF State and attracted a large a...

Annual Fringe festival offers unique plays by students

Annual Fringe festival offers unique plays by students

Anna Hecht
May 7, 2014
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With titles involving knives, spaghetti, girl mathletes and a bus full of memories, SF State’s The Fringe gathers unique plays penned by students and promises a fun close to the run of productions this semester. The Fringe is an annual spring festival comprised of an eclectic mix of plays written...

Shakespeare play gets a makeover in ‘Beatrice and Benedick’

Conductor Cyrus Ginwala takes a break  during a tech rehearsal for Beatrice and Benedick in Little Theater Saturday, April 19. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress

Anna Hecht
April 20, 2014
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The setting: San Francisco, 1945. The people: nurses and Navy men. The adaptation: Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.” The point: forget everything you think you know about opera. SF State professor Christine Brandes is bringing a unique approach in her musical, "Beatrice and Benedick," base...

VIDEO: ‘In Hollow Time’ delivers dynamic cast and crew, shines spotlight on SF State original talent

VIDEO: ‘In Hollow Time’ delivers dynamic cast and crew, shines spotlight on SF State original talent

Anna Hecht
April 16, 2014
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[HTML1] Blue lights canvass the stage. The guitar strums. A woman sings slowly. A beat. Another slams poetic rhymes. They jive. They thrive. Off each other’s lines. Their lives. Then silence. Back to reality. “In Hollow Time” sets all the right tones with its smooth and soulful story of financial...

“Measure for Measure” fuses modern-day direction with classic Shakespeare

Anna Hecht
March 12, 2014
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[HTML1] View the gritty, sexual atmosphere of the opening dance number and you’ll know this isn’t your average school play; hear the hip-hop and R&B background music and you’ll sense that this is going to be a cool, modern take on a classic; listen to the actors’ first uttered words and th...

“The Unmentionables” play brings together student and faculty talent

Ayesha Rizvi
October 22, 2013
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"Standby for intermission, light cue 28, house lights and sound cue intermission," Maggie Manzano said. She whispered into her headset and communicated with the entire crew of "The Unmentionables" during their performance Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Little Theatre at SF State. As soon as Manzano got confirmation that all actors were ...

VIDEO: SF State student director revamps Greek classic, 'Eurydice'

VIDEO: SF State student director revamps Greek classic, 'Eurydice'

Jonathan Ramos
January 29, 2013
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Ben Calabrese is captivated by the action unfolding on stage; two star-crossed lovers, one on a table and the other on a chair, lean in for a passionate kiss when suddenly the table slips out from underneath. And so goes the unexpected nature of a show’s rehearsal and its focused director, who observes ...

VIDEO: SF State takes on romantic tragedy 'Lorenzaccio'

VIDEO: SF State takes on romantic tragedy 'Lorenzaccio'

Sean Reichhold
November 27, 2012
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The stage of SF State's Little Theatre is an arena of manufactured shadows. Giant mirror-plated pillars surround the stage and can be rotated on command to bounce the ominous lighting in any direction. Xpress caught up with some of the actors and the director backstage for the SF State adaptation of...

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