Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Beloved musical ‘Cats’ comes to Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

April 19, 2010

The national tour of ‘Cats’ arrived at the Mullins Center yesterday for one show only. The 1982 show features music by mega-composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber has been won 11 Tony Awards, including best original score...

Theater Guild’s ‘Rent’ amazes

By Matthew M. Robare

March 29, 2010

The University of Massachusetts Theater Guild’s production of “Rent” was amazing, apart from the lack of respect for the performers from the audience. By the time the ensemble had finished Act I of “Rent” with a rendition...

“Spring Awakening” succeeds as an eye-opening production

By Alissa Mesibov

March 2, 2010

  The University of Massachusetts theater department’s production of “Spring Awakening: A Sin of Omission” is a pleasing new adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play. The story revolves around a group of adolescents in provincial Germany. In a time when repression reigns, the young teens are unable to receive the necessary guidance from the adults in their lives. They are left to navigate the confusing and terrifying maze of pubert...

New adaptation ‘springs’ into action at the Curtain Theater

By Alissa Mesibov

February 24, 2010

The University of Massachusetts Theater Department’s first play of the semester, “Spring Awakening,” opens tonight at the Curtain Theater. “Spring Awakening” tells the story of young teenagers in 1890s Germany. They...

‘Vagina Monologues’ performed at Bowker

By Elyse Horowitz

February 23, 2010

They meet every Sunday as an entire group, with a supplemental smaller meeting during the week, to discuss one thing: their vaginas. The cast of the "Vagina Monologues," coming to Bowker Auditorium Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p....

“From Good Times to Girlfriends” Goofs

By Garth Brody

February 23, 2010

Black Student Union members and non-members alike performed a series of sitcom scenes Saturday night as part of a retrospective – “From Good Times to Girlfriends and The Rebirth of the ‘90s” – to commemorate Black History Month. The choice of showcasing prominen...

Slideshow: Hairspray at the Mullins Center

By Matthew Harrison

February 22, 2010

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‘Hairspray’ national tour dances into Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

February 21, 2010

The national touring production of “Hairspray” makes a stop at the Mullins Center tonight, as part of the University of Massachusetts’ “Broadway in Amherst” series. The plot, which unfolds in 1962, centers on Baltimore...

Cirque Dreams Illumination: a performance of urban fantasy

By Lindsay Orlov

February 9, 2010

A visually stunning hybrid between a Broadway musical and a traditional circus show, Cirque Dreams Illumination came to the University of Massachusetts’ Mullins Center stage for a two-hour performance on Sunday night, leaving...

The Battle for Chile featured in documentary at Food for Thought Books

By Brendan Murphy

February 8, 2010

Food for Thought bookstore in Amherst is hosting a four-part epic movie series chronicling the saga of the violent 1973 United States-sponsored coup d’état in Chile every Wednesday this month at 7 p.m. The “golpe de estado,”...

Slideshow: Cirque Dreams Illumination

By Matthew Harrison

February 8, 2010

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In your Cirque Dreams

By Lindsay Orlov

February 5, 2010

Picture this: contortionists dressed in casual street clothes and moving to a hip-hop beat; acrobats painted as traffic signs; a soundtrack of jazz, pop and rock. An evolutionary departure from the traditional three-ring circus,...