Author: Rebecca Gao

Review: The Bob: Where Are They Now?

Crowding into the Isabel Bader Theatre on what was the first truly cold night of the semester, I was ready to be warmed up by the Bob and their annual comedy revue. Luckily, I was not disappointed. The 145th edition of the Bob Sketch Comedy Revue, co-directed by Alex Leeming and Leo Morgenstern, was a celebration of all things stupid and hilarious. With sketches that bordered on the absurd, an onstage unscripted dog food tasting, and a Hairspray inspired opening, the entire revue was a night of merriment and laughter. What stuck out the most was the camaraderie shared among the performers. It was obvious that they are not just co-workers, co-writers, and co-performers, they are also friends. The revue’s theme this year, Where are they now?, draws on the friendship between the performers. In the final sketch of the night, the performers are called back on stage to do an Ellen-style interview, years into the future. As Matt Brooks, playing Ellen DeGeneres, hilariously rolls around and satirizes the talk show host’s energy and “spunky” attitude, the cast hashes out their fake future beef and reminisces on their “past.” Though it is the cast members’ fictional memories and friendships that make up this sketch, the real-life friendships forged between the cast members is palpable—not just in this final sketch, but throughout the show. Comedy can be used in a lot...

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Review: UC Follies presents Spring Awakening

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo | Courtesy of UC Follies   The UC Follies’ fall musical—Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, based on the play by Frank Wedekind—opens with young Wendla Bergmann, played with perfect naivety by Amanda Gosio, imploring her mother to tell her where babies come from. This opening ballad, “Mama Who Bore Me,” punctuated by its rock-and-roll reprise, sets up the rest of the show. The 2007 musical, based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play of the same name, explores budding teenage sexualities and self-growth amidst a stifling community. Directed by William Dao, the production and technical aspects of the show were absolutely beautiful. The set was beautifully designed with a church...

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2018 Horoscopes

Aries Well, well, well, Aries. New year, new you, eh? NOPE! You know better than anyone that people don’t change! Take this year to drive yourself deeper into your own shit. Wanted to start working out? You know that won’t happen. Thinking of starting papers before the day its due? Hell no. 2018 will be a year of extreme stasis, Aries! Taurus This year, your ruling planet Mars will be in constant flux, Taurus! Not only will some stupid human land on it, but that stupid human will be YOU! 2018 is the year that you’re launching yourself into...

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Debunking the myth of the “model minority”

Debunking the myth of the “model minority” Words by rebecca gao PhotoS by HANA NIKCEVIC what it means to be a successful immigrant We landed in Canada in April of 1999. I was 14 months old and my mother was in her mid-thirties. This was before the birth of my younger sister and much before the arrival of my father. For the first three years of our life in Canada, it was just my mother and me. Despite being a part of the growing middle class in Guangzhou, where my parents were born and raised, they were still worried...

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