Druthers: Hiatus picks the week’s Best Bets

    “Gum” – Feb. 9 – 11 – Mandell Weiss Forum Studio

    Karen Hartman’s “Gum,” directed by Chay Yew, has its humorous moments but it isn’t a lighthearted comedic affair. The play was inspired by an Egyptian town where authorities blamed the deviant behavior of young men and women found copulating in cars on contaminated gum. “Gum” explores both the ridiculousness of a restriction on candy and the dark, violent penalties carried out in a country that sets harsh limits on female sexuality.

    The play focuses on two sisters — both find pleasure, and a means of liberating their frustrations, by munching on the outlawed gum. Let’s face it, the image of veiled women secreting sticks of gum and becoming aroused through the act of chewing is so atypical that it is pretty funny. “Gum” offers an in-depth look at another culture that is at various stages amusing, devastating, unsettling and, at the very least, thought-provoking. (AD)

    Exit Strategy: This Week’s On-Campus Events

    “Just Like Heaven”

    Price Center Theater

    Feb. 9, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

    $3

    Crown City Rockers & Qwell

    The Stage @ Porter’s Pub

    Feb. 9, 8 p.m.

    Free

    Measure for Measure, a play by William Shakespeare

    Mandell Weiss Theatre

    Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, 8 p.m.

    $10 students, $15 general

    MAE with special guests

    Price Center Ballroom

    Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

    Free for students with UCSD ID

    La Jolla Symphony

    and Chorus

    Mandeville Auditorium

    Feb. 12, 3 p.m.

    $15 students, $26 general

    Roma Nights: JTurtle

    Espresso Roma

    Feb. 13, 8 p.m.

    Free

    “Little Manhattan”

    Price Center Theater

    Feb. 14, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

    $3

    The Vagina Monologues

    Price Center Theater

    Feb. 15, 8 p.m.

    Free for students, $10 general

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