The Mulitcultural Drama Company performed Dino Buttfuck at the Multicultural Theater this weekend. MCDC is the longest running drama company at UC Santa Barbara and consists of many talented actors and writers who perform a unique show every year.
Krissy Reyez-Ortiz, a first-year member of MCDC and writer for The Bottom Line, acted in five of the skits including “Love Connection” and “Real Cost.” Ortiz says MCDC is about showcasing individual work and creativity. The theme of this year’s show was dinosaurs.
“We had a bunch of random, catchy names and decided by voting,” said Ortiz about the show title.
The show was unapologetic and funny. Everything you ever needed to know outside of college while in this college was proudly presented here with wit, gyrations and hilarity. The show took familiar scenes and characters and accentuated them to comedy. Each actor matched his or her role superbly with lighthearted enthusiasm that made the experience refreshing and the laughter genuine. The performance had such charm and dignity that even as the actors tried to offend us, we liked it.
Dino Buttfuck showcased a variety of talent. Some pieces were outrageous and random, others satirical, or artistic. Azucena Gutierrez’s voice in the spoken word piece, “What If…,” audacious and moving, brought the piece to life.
“Thug Lyfe” revolved around two Facebook users as their friends swirled around them, as predictable and unexpected situations breeze by. The two friends stay hooked to their Macs, cracking jokes about pokes and apps even as one of their friends is arrested and another is sought out by a National Basketball Association scout. Facebook takes precedence no matter what, the skit seems to say, and look how much fun it can be to snark your friends.
Dino Buttfuck also delved into meaningful issues as in “Gum,” which was a twist of Five People You Meet in Heaven, Judas and suicide-awareness campaigns. A man who killed himself works as a counselor to help other suicides find closure with the lives they could have lived had they stayed on earth, and meets a man who killed himself over gum.
Essentially a piece reinforcing the ideal of each human being having a purpose in life with the backdrop of death, “Gum” was done tastefully, skimming that line between heaviness and delight.
“Real Cost” carried real weight, bringing into the limelight what merchandise costs in terms of people and lives. In “Love Your Body,” three beautiful and empowered women stood fearlessly on stage. It was a raunchy, concentrated effort to proclaim body acceptance and love.
Reyes-Ortiz says she was really happy with how the show turned out.
“It was a lot of fun to put on and it brought all of us together as a cast. We rehearsed a lot and were pleased with the audience’s reaction,” she said.
Susan Reid, a second-year UCSB undergrad and audience member, said she enjoyed the show.
“I thought it was hysterical. Every character was one you could run into on the street,” said Reid.