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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...

‘Hail, Caesar!’ a Joyride through the ’50s

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 19, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Few feelings are more satisfying than those incited when viewing a piece of entertainment that pays tribute to its own medium. Films like Hugo, books like Inkheart and games like The Beginner’s Guide occupy a special place in the annals of their respective crafts because they represent a purpose t...

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

Ariel Miller
February 12, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

One might expect the play Family Happiness, based on a novella by Leo Tolstoy, to iclude period costumes, cherry orchards and classic dacha drama, but the empty Hall Auditorium stage immediately suggested this would not be the case. A minimal layout of platforms and columns graced the floor, while two ...

Performance Art Grapples with Girlhood, Grieving

Performance Art Grapples with Girlhood, Grieving

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
February 5, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For her final performance in the Winter Term Performance Art & Technology class, College sophomore Elizabeth Grooms filmed herself with Periscope, an app that allows users to livestream anything and viewers to leave comments on the video. She performed her installation alongside classmates at Storage...

‘Anomalisa’ Comments on Gender Politics in Romance

‘Anomalisa’ Comments on Gender Politics in Romance

Christian Bolles, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Very few filmmakers are capable of confronting the contradictory selfishness of love with the heartbreaking honesty of Charlie Kaufman. After toying with the idea of a procedure that can render one’s previous relationships forgotten in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman explores the othe...

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
February 5, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Axandre Oge, who plays the title character in College senior B.J. Tindal’s play Goodnight, Tyler, rests on a couch. The play, performed Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, tells the story of a young Black man, Tyler Evans, who was murdered by a police officer. Tyler’s ghost haunts Davis, Tyler’s white be...

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
December 11, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This article discusses sexual violence and abuse. In College senior Preston Crowder’s play The Monsters Underneath, the Warington siblings descend on the family home in Moore Hills, TN, to visit their ailing sister, Yari (College junior Calpyso Smith). The opening scene of the play...

Jurassic Junk: Newest Pixar Film Falls Flat

Jurassic Junk: Newest Pixar Film Falls Flat

Christian Bolles, Columnist
December 4, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In an era where remarkable animation can be summoned with the flick of a well-funded wrist, animated films can’t get by on pure spectacle. Before cutting-edge visuals were even possible, Pixar was making movies that cut to the heart of basic human truths; as technology caught up to their ambition,...

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
November 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior James Koblenzer (center) gestures toward College senior Ben Hyams (far left) alongside fellow Kid Business members College senior Annie Peskoe (left), College first-year Jon Krakaur and College sophomore Max Freiman. Kid Business, Oberlin’s short-form improv troupe, teamed up with two...

Latest Bond Film Plagued by Inconsistent Script

Christian Bolles, Columnist
November 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Looking into the eyes of the man who has plotted to ruin him at every stage of his recent life, James Bond dismisses his enemy with a cold stare and says, “I have better things to do.” The new entry in the beloved franchise, Spectre, looks at the obligations of a modern action film and seems to ask t...

Eosphoros, Durham Organize Villainous Halloween Showcase

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
November 6, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

During the opening act of Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s Villains Showcase, presented last Friday and Saturday in a Kahn Hall lounge, College junior Julia Redden threw open the doors of the closet she was hiding in and began belting “Miss Baltimore Crabs” from the musical Hairspray. As ...

Narrative Complexity, Lush Visuals Set Crimson Peak Apart

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 30, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Between the reds and blues of love and tragedy, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro finds his stride. He fathoms horrifying beauty in the macabre landscapes of the human mind, weaving tales as rich in narrative complexity as they are in visual sumptuousness. His obsession with the dark nature of life led him...

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