‘Death and the Maiden’ Examines Insanity, Gender Roles

‘Death and the Maiden’ Examines Insanity, Gender Roles

Paris Gravley, Staff Writer
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

The theory of Chekhov’s gun states that in storytelling, a loaded gun should not be mentioned if it never goes off. This dramatic principle emphasizes the importance of details and their resolution — why have the gun in the first place if it’s never going to be shot? In Death and the Maiden,... Read more »

Improv Troupes Find Humor in Low Places

Matthew Sprung, Staff Writer
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Sometimes improv comedy gets weird — but even though this weirdness can turn newcomers off to the genre, it’s also the best part of the show. To kick off the two-day Oberlin College Improv Conference last Friday, three professional improvisation teams performed what could be considered “extra”... Read more »

‘GHOSTS’ Challenges Contemporary Questions of Morality

‘GHOSTS’ Challenges Contemporary Questions of Morality

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Adultery, euthanasia, syphilis — who could ask for more in a play? The Oberlin College Theater Department’s Main Stage production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play Ghosts will supply all three this Thursday through Saturday. Under the direction of Professor Matthew Wright, chair of the Theater... Read more »

Body Positive Burlesque Show Stays Tame

Mary Fischer
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Theater & Film

On Tuesday, amid controversy over the cancellation of Safer Sex Night, the ’Sco opened its doors for the Sexual Information Center’s second-sexiest campus tradition: the annual Burlesque Show. While the show turned out not to be so explicit after all, it was attended by a diverse crowd whose support... Read more »

OCircus!’s ‘King Bidgood’ Delights All Ages

OCircus!’s ‘King Bidgood’ Delights All Ages

Andrea Goltz
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Whenever the page in the OCircus! production of King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub yelled, “Help! King Bidgood’s in the bathtub and he won’t get out!” audience members in Philips gym last weekend knew they were in for another great, highly entertaining act. The plot of King Bidgood is simple:... Read more »

OSTA’s Shakespeare Production Confronts Rape Culture

Annelise Giseburt, Production Editor
April 18, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure: In fair Vienna do we lay our scene, where, due to the negligence of the city’s Duke (played by College junior Luke Taylor), debauchery and venereal disease have run rampant for the past 20 years. The Duke decides the time has come to make his city... Read more »

‘Death and the Maiden’ Highlights Consequences of Torture

Phoebe Hammer, Arts Editor
April 11, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Retribution and justice are coming to Little Theater this weekend. The Theater and Dance departments are staging Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, a story of torture, morality and moving on. Since its world premiere in the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1991, the play has been well-received... Read more »

‘Our Nixon’ Film Provides Glimpse Behind White House Doors

‘Our Nixon’ Film Provides Glimpse Behind White House Doors

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor
April 4, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Documentary films occupy an awkward spot, teetering uncomfortably in the space between art and reality, but not quite at home in either category. Archival documentary, patched together from material already available in a film library or archive, only compounds this difficulty, since the filmmaker does... Read more »

Storytelling Takes Center Stage in The New Electric Ballroom

Storytelling Takes Center Stage in The New Electric Ballroom

Paris Gravley, Staff Writer
March 14, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

With three jaded Irish wom­en and a pungent fishmonger engaged in a bizarrely cyclical plot, it was unclear how Enda Walsh’s play The New Electric Ballroom was ever going to re­late to an audience of Oberlin College students. At first, it didn’t. Yet as director and Col­lege senior Zachary... Read more »

Brooks, OC ’70, Returns to Oberlin

Brooks, OC ’70, Returns to Oberlin

Nora Kipnis , Arts Editor
February 28, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Actor Avery Brooks, OC ’70, came onstage at Finney Chapel in an all-white suit, took a seat at the piano, and treated the audience to a dramatic performance of “Throw it Away” by jazz singer and songwriter Abbey Lincoln — an unorthodox beginning to an unorthodox convocation. However, the event... Read more »

The ‘Godspell’ According to OMTA

The ‘Godspell’ According to OMTA

Andrea Goltz
February 21, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Conversations about faith are risky at Oberlin. Beliefs vary widely, and many students completely reject organized religion. Considering this sometimes uncertain religious climate, the high attendance at the Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s production of Godspell, a musical based entirely... Read more »

Sundance Film Humanizes Late-Term Abortion Seekers

Logan Buckley, Staff Writer
February 21, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Too often, the heated debate over abortion policies focuses on ambiguous medical arguments about fetal pain or sweeping declarations about morality that ignore the stories of women and other female-bodied individuals who choose to have abortions. In an effort to combat this, Students United for Reproductive... Read more »