When in Rome: ‘Nero’ is a Short-Lived Pleasure

When Nero, the last emperor of Rome, realized that he has a public relations problem, he summoned Scribonius to write a play that would turn the public opinion of him around immediately. What followed is Amy Freed’s “You, Nero,” an eye-pleasing spectacle about the events in Nero’s palace during the declining years of the Roman Empire as extravagant as the Roman Coliseum itself.

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“Take Me Out” Comes Out Swinging

There is perhaps no time in our country’s history more vital than now for Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out,” the 2003 Tony Award winner for best play that encapsulates so much of America’s inner psyche. Much like America, the play focuses on issues of racism, masculinity, homosexuality and religion while still making room for something as “insignificant” as baseball. The catch: Baseball isn’t so insignificant.

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Titus Andronicus

On Halloween, the UC Irvine Drama Department showed how it celebrates the holiday. There was no candy or “monster mash” to be found, but blood was definitely present in the department’s Oct. 31 production of “Titus Andronicus.”

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