The Sundial

“Big Love” boldly tackles controversial and political themes

Angela Melero

February 17, 2011

CSUN students performed for the first time in the Valley Performing Arts Center’s black box theater Friday night. The theater department presented Charles Mee’s “Big Love”, a bold rendition of the classic Greek play, “Suppliant Maidens” by Aeschylus. Although the Greek drama was originally...

Actors shine in ‘Blue Valentine’

Jeff Ishuninov

January 27, 2011

Strong performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams highlight a controversial marital story in “Blue Valentine.” Multiple nominations in different film festivals and award ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, made “Blue Valentine” one of the most talked about movies of 2010. Director...

Good Charlotte plays on new stage at Universal City Walk

Reanna Delgadillo

November 5, 2010

Pop- punk band Good Charlotte played to an energetic crowd Thursday night at the unveiling of the new City Walk stage. Fans started lining up well before 6 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert. The concert was free to the public as part of the new “Plugged In” concert series put on by Universal. This concert...

‘Ballad of Baby Doe’ serves as a reminder of love in tough times

Antoine Abou-Diwan

November 4, 2010

In spite of a slow start on its opening night, “The Ballad of Baby Doe” hit the mark. The latest production from the department of music and department of theater is an American folk opera about success, failure, love and faith.  It is a story about one man’s boom-and-bust in America’s west. “The...

“Little Shop of Horrors” has the technological makings of a big production

Angela Melero

October 4, 2010

CSUN’s theatre department is engaging audiences in a little song and dance with their rendition of the rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”  The soulful musical, composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman, is based on the classic 1960s film originally directed by Roger Corman.  Musical...

The Walkmen play old hits and new songs off of “Lisbon,” their just released album

Morgan Marx

September 20, 2010

The sound of an East Coast winter blew into Los Angeles nightclub The Music Box as the band The Walkmen arrived to support their new critically-acclaimed album, “Lisbon.” The New York–based indie rock outfit played a 90-minute set before a near-capacity crowd. Over the course of a 14-song set...

‘Sons of Tucson’ is ‘Malcolm’ take two

Anna Osipova

March 17, 2010

Star Rating: 3 out of 5 Starring Tyler Labine, of "Reaper" fame, the predictable funny show offers a far-fetched story where three orphaned kids make their way to Tucson, where their father happens to have a fully-stocked, all-expenses-paid house that they move in to. Their mother is out of the pic...

‘Bagels’ captures the morning after, senior style

Wendy Peters

March 15, 2010

Star rating: 4 out of 5 The door leading from the street opened into a small cramped room with about seven chairs on the corresponding wall. There was a shelf alongside the opposite wall with bottled water, candy and a jar for donations. A few feet ahead was a modest table and chair and beyond it, my entry to ...

‘Vagina Monologues’ shows strength of women

Kerstin Gupilan

February 22, 2010

If what you’re looking for in a stage production is impeccable acting, fantastic stage settings and flawless blocking, then CSUN’s production of the “Vagina Monologues” is not for you. However, if dialogue meant to shake your core and make you reconsider any preconceived notions about...

Harlem ballet teaches dance

Anna Osipova

February 3, 2010

Star rating: 4 out of 5 Dance Theater of Harlem took a new approach to ballet, an idea fairly familiar to them. From its start through Arthur Mitchell, DTH has always looked for ways to make their choreography and school unique while staying true to classical ballet technique. Somehow, they found ...

“Whip It” – It’s just like every other teen movie

Michelle Nelson

October 1, 2009

Another stereotypical teenage movie — this time a coming-of-age tale about a girl from a small Texas town who is misunderstood with her emo-like style, her affinity for 80’s Christian metal bands and her forced participation in debutante beauty pageants. Throw in some roller skates, a rink ...

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