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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...

On The Record with Professor Justin Emeka

On The Record with Professor Justin Emeka

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
February 24
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...

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
May 6
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

This year may mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, but the Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project has set out to make his plays young again. On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Wilder Main, the OCSP’s cast of elementary and middle school students will be performing Hamlet, dir...

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Jake Frankenfield
April 15
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For anyone acquainted with the cinema of the early 1960s — with its psycho thrillers, horror films and beach party movies — Psycho Beach Party will feel familiar. And it will also feel a little ridiculous. This makes sense, given that Pscyho Beach Party is a send-up of all those genres. The pl...

Plath Resurrected in ‘Feels Like Hell’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
March 4
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Anna Gelman first got the idea to write the play I Do it So it Feels Like Hell when she studied Sylvia Plath in the class Six Poets: 1945– Present, taught by her advisor and Associate Professor of English DeSales Harrison. She took the class during her sophomore year, and now the play...

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

Ariel Miller
February 12
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 ...

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

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

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...

By Ignoring Parallels with Present, Audiences Undercut Black Retellings of History

Editorial Board
February 13
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Fresh from the success of a powerful Winter Term production that filled Hall Auditorium last weekend, members of the cast of Dessa Rose reunited Wednesday for one final performance, this time before a markedly different audience: minimum-security inmates at Grafton Correctional Institution. “I cannot...

Irwin Quotes Beckett, Demonstrates Versatility in Vaudeville

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor
May 2
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“I want to show you now what happens when I put baggy pants on,” actor and clown Bill Irwin, OC ’73, told the Finney Chapel audience Sunday night. He’d taken the stage in an old-fashioned but safe ensemble of a white shirt and loose gray pants — the only thing unusual about his appearance was...

Urinetown’s Irreverent Humor Refreshes Somber Theater Scene

Phoebe Hammer, Arts Editor
April 25
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Yes, there really is a musical called Urinetown, and yes, it is about pee. This weekend the Oberlin Musical Theater Association will be performing Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s Tony Award-winning comedy in Wilder Main. Directed by College senior Aaron Palmer, the production is poised to generate laughs a...

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