by Mariah Castillo
|Bringing us together by tearing us apart.|
Havana Central held one of the most exciting and talked about events last Tuesday when the cast of The 119th Varsity Show held their West End preview to a full house. A jazz trio serenaded the audience before the show started, even doing their own take with One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” A little after 8PM, we were introduced to the cast of The 119th Varsity Show.
Right off the bat, jokes about arts funding, PrezBo (as a first-year, it took me a while to realize they were talking about President Bollinger), and Barnard were quipped in a rapid fire manner, with some profanity interspersed here and there. There was also the occasional make-out scene and innuendo that made the audience (needless to say, the majority of whom were Columbia college students) howl with laughter.
I was a little uncomfortable (OK, really uncomfortable) with some of the Barnard jokes. One of their first acts involved two girls sleeping in a tent on Low Steps because they couldn’t get housing from Barnard, and they still paid the money to stay there over break. Another one involved a stressed Columbia student telling his classmate to stop baking, not because she goes to Barnard, but because she’s fat. *Ahem*
If you can tolerate every aspect of CU being thrown under the bus for a night, The Varsity Show is the thing to watch. The West End preview was a good break from writing lab reports and papers, but I’ll be okay if I don’t see The Varsity Show.
Mariah Castillo is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.
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