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Logan Succeeds with Faithful Adaptation of Wolverine Comics

Evan Johnson
March 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In an early scene of James Mangold’s new X-Men feature Logan, Hugh Jackman, as James “Logan” Howlett, the superhero formerly known as Wolverine, discovers a comic book with himself on the cover. It’s not Wolverine as we’re seeing him now, weaker and having aged as the adamantium in his bones slowly ...

On the Record With Hector Aristizábal, Actor

On the Record With Hector Aristizábal, Actor

Julia Peterson, Production editor
March 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

Hector Aristizábal is the founder and artistic co-director of ImaginAction, a non-profit theater arts organization based in Los Angeles. ImaginAction uses techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Theatre of Witness, Psychodrama, traditional storytelling, mask-making, drumming, dance ...

Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

Rachel Mead, Staff writer
March 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The five actors in Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play are all preoccupied with lost arts like a talent for melancholy and the carrying of handkerchiefs. Directed by College senior Zoë DePreta, Melancholy Play follows Tilly (College sophomore Paige Baskin), a bank teller who suffers from a depression that attr...

Noah Hawley’s “Legion” Explores Mutant Minds

Christian Bolles, Columnist
March 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In the second episode of Legion, Fargo creator Noah Hawley’s first attempt at a Marvel television series, the protagonist, David, tells his lover — whom he is forbidden to touch — that they are engaged in “a romance of the mind.” This is as much of a mission statement as the show’s mind-boggli...

On The Record with Professor Justin Emeka

On The Record with Professor Justin Emeka

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
February 24, 2017
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

Associate Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Justin Emeka, OC ’95, discovered acting at a young age, but racially restrictive casting drove him more toward directing. He graduated with a master’s degree in directing from the University of Washington School of Drama in 2005 and has been ext...

Russian Documentary Highlights Narrative of Resistance

Julia Peterson, Production editor
February 24, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

The images from Pussy Riot’s protest performances are iconic — women in multicolored balaclavas climbing on top of subway trains and scaffolding or using iconic public places as an impromptu stage, waving flags and smoke flares, playing loud guitar riffs and singing about corruption in the Russia...

Henson Delivers Memorable Performance in Hidden Figures

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 17, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

An oft-ignored ingredient of successful filmmaking is the importance of managing expectations. It’s the coating on the cinematic pill, and it distinguishes movies that appeal to a wide audience over those that find a smaller niche. There are many successful films that subvert their premises, yet divide vi...

Jenkins’ Accessible “Moonlight” Showcases Stellar Performances

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

If you haven’t seen Moonlight on the grounds of its tough subject matter, you may not be alone, but you certainly should reconsider. Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature takes a Boyhood-esque trip straight to the heart of human pathos, spinning its tale of a man named Chiron through ...

Questions of Constitution, Morality Explored in Sagal’s Denial

Questions of Constitution, Morality Explored in Sagal’s Denial

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
February 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Denial, by Peter Sagal, offers more questions than clarity in its portrayal of the necessity and limitations of the First Amendment. The play, which opened yesterday at Hall Auditorium, centers on the interactions between Jewish ACLU lawyer Abigail Gersten (College sophomore Marina Schwadron), and her ...

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Receives Queer Update

Ivan Aidun
February 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The twang of a banjo was the first of many surprises in Monday night’s presentation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by College senior Jenny Kneebone in the Little Theater. The play follows Viola (College sophomore Ronit Schorr), a shipwrecked girl who disguises herself as a boy named Ce...

OMTA’s Spring Awakening Ethereal, Relevant

Brendan Eprile, Staff Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Music, Theater & Film

The Oberlin College Theater Department presented a stunning and poignant rendition of Spring Awakening over the weekend. The musical is an exploration of the emotional turmoil of teenage sexuality, love and angst. Despite its late 19th-century setting, several of the themes it addresses — such as abortion...

Beder’s “Composed” Sheds Light on Stage Fright

Beder’s “Composed” Sheds Light on Stage Fright

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
December 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Composed, a new documentary by John Beder, features interviews with professional musicians exploring their experiences with being affected by and coping with performance anxiety. The film had a screening at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday night, followed by a panel discussion with Beder and Conservato...

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