Capers gets mixed reviews


Jennifer L. Nielson

“One Wild Night” was the theme of SDSU’s only student-written, produced and directed theater production this year. The variety show put together by the Alpha Psi Omega Theater Fraternity featured nearly 140 students from nearly every major.

This year’s show got mixed reviews.

“Some of the skits just weren’t that funny,” said sophomore park management major John Bame. “But overall I thought it was a pretty good show.”

Jarid Rychtarik, cast member and member of APO said, “I thought it lacked myself, but sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

“Capers was just typical entertainment for the college scene, although raunchy and crude, I still found some humor in it. The only thing I really liked was the drunk Abe Lincoln,” said sophomore Spanish major Angie Iverson.

Sophomore human development major Janelle Flottmeyer held similar views. “I thought some scenes were really dumb … I think it was over-hyped.”

The Sept. 11 portrayal seemed to be the most controversial. The scene showed the lives of college students going on as usual on the day of Sept. 11 until they witnessed the horrific acts of the terrorists on television.

Rychtarik said that the scene came from the “APO imagination. [Members of] APO thought it needed to be mentioned.”

“The Sept. 11 scene caught me off guard,” said sophomore psychology major Laura Klinkhammer.

Sophomore pharmacy major Amber Girard said, “The September 11th portrayal was appropriate, however the transition from laughing to crying was awkward.”

Some students chose not to attend Capers at all this year.

“Capers is a disgusting show … it represents everything sick in the world,” music education major Tyler Carpenter said.

“I joined the show last year and quit two days before it opened because it was so disgusting.”

Another SDSU student Junior Ricky Ganci stated that he boycotted Capers because “the very thought of sitting in that auditorium offended me.”

Although the show was received as a flop by many students, it still held a good turnout with very few seats open at all four showings.

Other highlights of the show included a handful of men singing about their “tighty whities,” watching the administration staff run off with student money, the re-enactment of Gap commercials and a rendition of the dating game “Change of Heart.”

Nathan Tom, an actor in Capers, and a said that the experience was “a lot of fun, and I met a lot of new people.”

Rychtarik agreed saying “I enjoyed myself quite a bit…I made the most fun out of it as I could. I met a lot of cool people, and it was a good experience for all.”