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LCC Spring 2008: Arrivals and Departures Review

I checked out LCC‘s Spring 2008 production: Arrivals and Departures on Monday and Tuesday. It was a good show. It might have been one of the best shows in recent history. The writing is really solid and the actors showed very good commitment to their characters. The energy was really good. The thing I love the most about student productions is that raw energy and LCC has never failed to bring that.

The show opened with a parody of those flight safety instruction videos, which fit the the show title really well. The introduction video was short and fun to watch. It really captured everyone’s personality (and I can say that because I know these people and I’ve also seen them perform).

The first scene was about a Vietnamese family and how their family dynamic played out while in a crisis. It was the same conflicts that they struggled through with one another every day, except amplified in that confined location and time frame. The characters felt real, unlike some of the cheesy culture show ones. It wasn’t the most unique story, but it was presented well in a charming way. It was a good job by the writer, director, and actors.

The second scene was a narrative type of scene told by the owner of a cyber cafe about the people that came in. It’s one of those scenes that make you think. It did make me think, but that doesn’t mean I figured anything out. That’s just like math problems. But these things are more observations. You just experience it. Maybe there’s a message somewhere, but I don’t care, and I’d rather draw my own conclusions (or not).

The third scene was one about three ghosts going through a test. They were assigned by the test master to scare someone they are assigned to in order to get their haunting licenses. One ghost was assigned her boyfriend, who she sacrificed her life to save. But she just couldn’t do it. At the end, the test master made her the guy’s guardian angel. It was a simple and sweet story. These kind of scenes are all in the execution and it turned out good.

The final scene was a flashback one with someone waking up in a strange bar pub and trying to figure out what happened to him the night before (and what happened to his life) and it used a variation of a bunch of fairy tale characters. To be honest, the costumes were too good, and I was probably paying more attention to the elaborate costumes than the plot line. I tend to do that when I watch Shakespeare and other stuff where the costume is fancy.

They also showed a video and it’s a puppet show, which I dig. It’s called Rhinocerhorse: The Story of the Last Unicorn. It involved a unicorn, a liger (that’s not quite a lion and not quite a tiger), Dick Cheney, Optimus Prime and others. It was quite random but it was fun to watch. Afterwards I talked to Mandel to ask him how he did all the fire and smoke. I’m into that stuff, hehe. I’ve got to get ahold of a copy one of these days.

Overall it was a really good one. It’s also fun for me since many alumni would come back to see the show so it’s like a reunion too. So that was fun.


  1. Mandel
    May 27th, 2008 | 11:49 pm

    I’ll make sure to get you a dvd copy of it sometime.

  2. May 28th, 2008 | 8:56 am

    Awesome! 😀
    Thanks for dropping by, Mandel.

  3. June 4th, 2008 | 10:51 pm

    This sounds really interesting. I wish I could actually see it.

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