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Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

Rachel Mead, Staff writer
March 3
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...

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Receives Queer Update

Ivan Aidun
February 3
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...

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
December 11
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...

Director Connects to Play on Personal Level

Director Connects to Play on Personal Level

Daniel Cramer
March 6
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Few directors have the privilege of personally knowing the playwright of the play they are directing, let alone sharing a close friendship with them. I’M ALIVE YOU BASTARDS AND I ALWAYS WILL BE is a unique opportunity for playgoers to reap the benefits of this special relationship, one in which th...

‘Death and the Maiden’ Examines Insanity, Gender Roles

‘Death and the Maiden’ Examines Insanity, Gender Roles

Paris Gravley, Staff Writer
April 18
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, a play...

‘Death and the Maiden’ Highlights Consequences of Torture

Phoebe Hammer, Arts Editor
April 11
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 as a d...

When Hamlet Meets the Absurd: Oberlin Theater Does ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’

When Hamlet Meets the Absurd: Oberlin Theater Does ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’

Andrea Goltz
February 7
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Shakespeare is an immensely popular playwright, constantly performed by professionals and amateurs alike. His work is, by all accounts, a safe choice. But what happens when a playwright creates a situation of his own within one of Shakespeare’s works? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, written by abs...

The Winter’s Tale to Indulge Yen for Drama

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor
February 22
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After seven positions as director or music director over his four years of theater at Oberlin, College senior Carter Sligh will present The Winter’s Tale in Little Theater as his final directorial project this weekend. Perhaps the original dramedy, this Shakespearean tale of jealousy, love and the ...

Professor Strikes onto Stage in Directorial Debut

Professor Strikes onto Stage in Directorial Debut

Abby Hawkins and Julia Hubay
November 16
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Tell us a little bit about Strike-Slip. This production of Strike-Slip follows the lives of characters … [who] bump up against each other or slip past one another on their way toward self-realization. The particular meetings and collisions between cultures is significant, as a backdrop for the...

Boy Gets Girl Humanizes Heady Issues

Julia Hubay, Arts Editor
November 2
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Imagine going on a blind date during which your date betrays a bit of an Oedipal complex, admits to enjoying feeling anonymous and then pressures you for your home address and phone number. Would you be excited to see him again? Unfortunately for Theresa Bedell, the main character of Rebecca Gilm...

God of Carnage Fearsome to Behold

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer
November 2
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Contrary to what pop culture will have you believe, the most violent acts people can commit against one another are not the blood-baths of CSI or Halloween horror flicks. We are most cruel in our day-to-day lives, creating sharp verbal edges on which our friends’ and lovers’ self-worths snag and...

Theater Preview Must-See: Play It Again, Sam

Andrew Gombas, Staff Writer
October 14
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The insanity of Woody Allen is gracing the Little Theater stage this weekend in the production of his classic comedy Play It Again, Sam. The director, gifted College senior Sam Abrams, makes a distinct departure from the style of her last show in this self-conscious gut-buster featuring an all-star...

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