Meadows students shine in upcoming plays

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We tried to forget about them over break, but finals are now just around the corner (take a deep breath). Though we will devote most of our time the next two weeks to studying comprehensive reviews and finishing projects, sometimes a nice study break can help with all the pressure. Just in time to rescue us from our study pits, SMU Theatre has four new shows running this weekend at Meadows. Check these productions out to redress your stress.

“In the Boom Boom Room” is a play written by David Rabe in 1972 that follows a young and naïve aspiring dancer. Chrissy, the show’s leading lady, gets a taste of sleaziness as a go-go dancer at Big Tom’s Boom Boom Room, a slinky nightclub. Throughout the story, Chrissy forms sexual and emotional connections with unfavorable suitors, while forcing down memories of abusive parents. SMUST’s (SMU Student Theatre’s) rendition of “In the Boom Boom Room” runs from December 7-9 at Margo Jones Theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. The show is free of charge and features a talented cast of students directed by SMU student Jake Nice.

“10 Bitches and a Stage”

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Modeled after the Neofuturist’s show “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” this fun SMUST show includes 30 student-written short plays in only one hour. Don’t miss this free and eccentric show on December 7 and 8 at 11 p.m. in room B450 in the Meadows School of Arts.

“Birdland” is a new play written by Simon Stephens, which first premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London earlier this year. This show follows Paul, a rock star at the height of his fame, on the last week of his huge international tour as he faces the bitter reality of returning home to a much less exhilarating lifestyle. “Birdland” deals with themes of love, money, and fame through an engaging narrative. Directed by SMU student Jenna Hannum, SMUST’s portrayal of “Birdland” runs December 5-8 in room B150 in the Meadows School of Arts.

“Look Homeward, Angel”

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1957, this play is based off of Thomas Wolfe’s autobiographical novel written for the stage by Ketti Frings. Set in North Carolina, this coming-of-age show centers on Eugene Grant from his birth to the age of 19. Directed by Bernard Cummings, “Look Homeward, Angel” runs December 3-7 in Greer Garson Theatre. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff.

So close your books, save your work and mosey on over to the Meadows School of Arts this weekend for an entertaining break. Just remember, we’ve only got two more weeks. I believe in all of you.

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