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Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

This year may mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, but the Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project has set out to make his plays young again. On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Wilder Main, the OCSP’s cast of elementary and middle school students will be performing Hamlet, dir... Read more »

Purvis, Shapiro Aim to Screen Diverse, Unusual Movies in Series

Purvis, Shapiro Aim to Screen Diverse, Unusual Movies in Series

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
April 29, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Students at the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies’ Hallock Auditorium had the chance to meet Marielle Heller, director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl Tuesday. Released in 2015, Diary was beloved by critics and fans alike; a New York Times Critic’s Pick, the publication called it ... Read more »

Cast Gives Haunting Performance of “Dido and Aeneas”

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

With the sunset illuminating the stained glass windows of a packed Fairchild Chapel Saturday night, the stage for Dido and Aeneas seemed far removed from the rest of campus life. The opera’s overture, which showcased the baroque instruments used in the performance, immediately transported the audi... Read more »

Teacher, Student Grapple with Identity in ‘Third’

Teacher, Student Grapple with Identity in ‘Third’

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

At its core, playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, which opened in the Little Theater last weekend and ran until Sunday, is about politics, relationships and the way that we interact with people whose opinions differ from our own. Set on the campus of an unnamed liberal arts college, Third tells the st... Read more »

‘The Admission’ Reimagines Shakespeare in the Middle East

‘The Admission’ Reimagines Shakespeare in the Middle East

Paul Mehnert
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The tandem story of two families, one Israeli and one Palestinian, depicted in the Oberlin Student Theater Association’s production of The Admission, begins on an unassuming note. Two men converse at a table, accompanied only by the nervous click of Wilder Main’s radiator. Details slowly emerge a... Read more »

‘God’s Not Dead 2’ a Slice of Trump-Era Propaganda

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“The most basic human right of all is the right to know Jesus,” says Director Harold Cronk through one of his signature mouthpiece characters in his latest film, God’s Not Dead 2, produced by the Christian company Pure Flix. Ideas like these have been voiced in the U.S. ever since the words ... Read more »

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Jake Frankenfield
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For anyone acquainted with the cinema of the early 1960s — with its psycho thrillers, horror films and beach party movies — Psycho Beach Party will feel familiar. And it will also feel a little ridiculous. This makes sense, given that Pscyho Beach Party is a send-up of all those genres. The pl... Read more »

In ‘Batman v Superman,’ Quantity Trumps Quality

In ‘Batman v Superman,’ Quantity Trumps Quality

Christian Bolles, Columnist
April 1, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

As director Zack Snyder’s favorite author and ideological match Ayn Rand once said, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” No sentence could better sum up Snyder’s creative philosophy in putting together his latest blustering bumble of a blockbuster, Batman v S... Read more »

Askin Avoids Clichés in 30 Score

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

College sophomore JD Askin spends most of his time in his dorm room — a cozy nook in South with a red rug, a keyboard, rainbow water speakers, a lone strand of multicolored Christmas lights and not much else. Askin, a New York City native and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a primarily... Read more »

‘Witch’ Taps into Paranoia, American Nationalism

Christian Bolles, Columnist
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

While The Conjuring flaunted its beat-by-beat horror and It Follows divided many fans of the genre, something was watching from the dark, forgotten woods of this country’s cultural memory. It’s a subgenre sometimes overlooked in cinema, containing innate nuance. That gold mine of cinematic potenti... Read more »

Plath Resurrected in ‘Feels Like Hell’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Anna Gelman first got the idea to write the play I Do it So it Feels Like Hell when she studied Sylvia Plath in the class Six Poets: 1945– Present, taught by her advisor and Associate Professor of English DeSales Harrison. She took the class during her sophomore year, and now the play... Read more »

Feature Photo: Ray of Sunshine

Feature Photo: Ray of Sunshine

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Sunshine Scouts members and College juniors Jesse Arnholz, left, Jesi Gaston and Harley Foos strike a comedic pose. Audience members received the Sunshine Scouts, Oberlin’s only musical long-form Improv troupe, enthusiastically last night during its show at Warner Center. College sophomores Zoe Kush... Read more »

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