Theater Review : The Arabian Nights

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Theater Review: The Arabian Nights On Sunday, March 19, 2016, I had the pleasure of attending Cal State University San Bernardino’s The Arabian Nights musical theater production written by Mary Zimmerman and adapted from the classical story of “The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night”. Run time was a total of 2 hours and 35 minutes, with special ticket pricing for students was 6 dollars, general being 15 dollars and special 12 dollars. As the book suggests the original story consists of 1001 individual tales, but the play was adapted to fit the average run time for a production, thus focusing on the frame story in order to introduce the audience into the moral tales. The tale begins with King Shahryar discovering his first wife has been unfaithful to him with a servant and has her executed. As a widow he vows to a virgin girl each night, to kill her at dawn. Eventually, all the women in the kingdom had either fled or been killed and only the vizier 's two daughters were left. Scheherazade, the one of marrying age concocted a plan with her younger sister to keep her from meeting the same fate as the other brides before her. She begins telling the marvelous tale each evening until sunrise, and the king allows her to live another day to hear the conclusion. This cycle repeats until the sultan realizes he has fallen for his bride and spares her life. I was very impressed with the acting, and the chemistry the whole crew had. The cast size consisted of sixteen, with each
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