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Apolliad Theatre at San Diego Mesa College
on the west side of the campus 7205 Mesa College Drive San Diego, CA 92111
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Bertolt Brecht's "The Good Person of Setzuan"
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attended Mar 12 2010

It was a great play! The cast were great and they performed very well. The only thing I did not like was that they closed off the back seats. The audience was way too close to the actual performance! Made many feel uncomfortable!

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attended Mar 14 2010

Nice sets and costumes; a good student production of a thought-proviking play.

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 14 2010

Wonderful play and content.
Great price.

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Directed by George Ye

Told through song, poignant comedy and Chinese folk tales, The Good Person of Setzuan follows three gods who descend into the city of Setzuan and reward a kindly prostitute who is the one virtuous person in the corrupt community. How she copes with her new fortune and with those who want to take it from her is at the heart of this timely parable.

Bertoldt Brecht’s works have been translated into 42 languages and fill more than 70 volumes. Drawing on the Greek tradition, he wanted his theater to represent a forum for debate rather than a place of illusions. From the Russian and Chinese theaters, Brecht derived some of his basic concepts of staging and theatrical stylization. His concept of the Verfremdungseffekt, or V-Effekt (sometimes translated as “alienation effect”) centered on the idea of “making strange” and thereby making poetic. He aimed to take emotion out of the production, persuade the audience to distance themselves from the make-believe characters and urged actors to dissociate from their roles. Then, he felt, the political truth would be more easy to comprehend. He once said: “Nothing is more important than learning to think crudely. Crude thinking is the thinking of great men.”

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