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The Oberlin Review

Writer-in-Residence Tackles African Diaspora, German Identity Through Film

L. Schumann
October 30, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

Branwen Okpako, the Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence for fall 2015, first became friends with Auma Obama when they both attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. When Auma Obama’s half-brother, Barack Obama, began his presidential campaign, Okpako used this opportunity to m...

Feature Photo: Wedding Band

Feature Photo: Wedding Band

Louise Edwards, Arts editor
October 9, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In Alice Childress’ Wedding Band, set in 1918 during World War I, College sophomore Chandler Browne plays Julia Augustine, a Black woman who has recently moved to a South Carolinian neighborhood with Herman, her white, German significant other, played by College junior Shane Lonergan. Their landlady,...

The Martian Gives Space a Human Face

Christian Bolles, Columnist
October 9, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Humankind’s fascination with space has always existed on the boundary between two intellectual spheres. One conjures the image of a flag-toting pioneer standing on the edge of a vast cosmic horizon, ready to leap off the planetary surface into infinity. The other hits closer to home, focusing on the...

Slow-Burning Crime Thriller Captures Nuances of Cruelty

Christian Bolles, Columnist
September 25, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Even though I was seated comfortably in a mostly empty theater for a late-night showing of Black Mass, there was little the silver screen could do to keep James Bulger’s steely blue eyes from piercing me straight to my core. The Boston crime drama, directed by Scott Cooper, puts its eggs in two bask...

Sexual Innuendo Drives Piscapo’s Arm Debut

Sophie Kemp
September 11, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“We sometimes get offensive, so if we do, you can throw a Cat cookie at us — preferably at the mouth region,” a member of Piscapo’s Arm informed the audience gathered at the Cat in the Cream last Friday. No Cat cookies were thrown, but the troupe stayed true to its message and presented a show...

Political Issues Weigh Down Action Film

Christian Bolles, Columnist
September 11, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Content Warning: This review discusses violent and potentially offensive themes that may be disturbing to some readers. In order to properly instill fear in the audience, horror and action filmmakers exploit deep sources of paranoia and thrust them onto the screen. This leverage of the human psyche o...

Age of Ultron’s Cliffhanger Ending Disappoints

Jeremy Reynolds, Staff Writer
May 8, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Avengers, Assemble! Or, you know, don’t. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine about Marvel’s most recent blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon explained his deliberate avoidance of one of the most iconic lines in comic book history at the close of the film: “I made s...

Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Despite rumors of past rivalry between freeform improvisational comedy troupe Primitive Streak and shortform troupe Kid Business, Oberlin's improv community appears to be tighter than ever. Members of the troupes filled the majority of seats at other’s shows this weekend, marking a transition to...

Murphy, Wilson Flop in Failed Spy Comedy

Nate Levinson, Columnist
May 1, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Back for one final installment, this week’s column takes a look at the 2002 box-office disaster I Spy, an espionagethemed comedy film starring Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy. Just 20 of the 132 critics who viewed it on Rotten Tomatoes gave I Spy a positive review — good enough for a mere 15 percent...

Caucasian Chalk Circle Succeeds with High-Energy Production

Caucasian Chalk Circle Succeeds with High-Energy Production

Claire Murchison
April 24, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Five years ago, I sat in a circle with 12 other aspiring actors and read “Flight to the Northern Mountains,” a scene excerpted from German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s renowned play The Caucasian Chalk Circle. We had specially selected this piece for its action and suspense, and our reading was to b...

Senior Recital Features Gory Plot, Catchy Music

Senior Recital Features Gory Plot, Catchy Music

Alice Fishbein
April 17, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

“Pro Tip: Don’t wear anything too nice to this,” warned senior TIMARA major Kaeli Mogg on the Facebook page for their senior recital, REPO: Testify!. I took this advice to heart and was happier for it. I obviously attended the event — which Mogg held in Wilder Main Friday evening and Saturday...

New GoT Season Shows Promise

Clark Sacktor, Columnist
April 17, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones seasons one through four and the first episode of season five follow. Overhearing conversations about the last episode of Game of Thrones on the first floor of Mudd library has become commonplace once again with the beginning of the fantasy series’ fifth se...

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