The Oberlin Review

Shark Night 3-D: An American Classic For All Ages

Andrew Gombas, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

We've all been asking ourselves, whatever happened to the visionary director of Homeward Bound II: Lost In San Francisco and Snakes on a Plane? Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is my profound pleasure to inform you that David Ellis is back with his magnum opus, Shark Night 3-D (originally tit...

Itzhak Perlman Captivates with Musical Mastery

Meghan Farnsworth

September 16, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Many artists fit the definition of “artistry” in their own ways. Some, such as Joshua Bell and Jascha Heifetz, serve as musical icons who appear to exceed the human capacity for technical proficiency, and audiences typically find their ability appealing. There are other artists, however, who prove...

Nostalgia: Looking Good Never Goes Out of Style — 1980s

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Features

Here you have it: a fashion column about the Obies of yesteryear! Picking back up from where we left off last year, we finally come to the 1980s, the first decade that a few current students were actually alive for. With the explosion of MTV onto the youth scene in 1981, pop culture was changed forever....

Review: Flora, the Red Menace Provides Non-Lobster Perspective on Communism

Review: Flora, the Red Menace Provides Non-Lobster Perspective on Communism

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

Before musical theater kids belting the tunes fromFlora, the Red Menace debunked my preconceived notions of the show’s plot, I was excited to see the nascent work of John Kander, OC ’51, a musical theater legend who wrote his first show about a lobster florist ostracized by his/her circle of lobst...

Freshmen Have Coregasm

Jeremy Sanford

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

A musician crouches behind machines and a suitcase overflowing with sound-producing wires. He twists knobs and pushes pads as a projector emits a collection of anamorposes onto the blinds behind him. The images flicker, distort and tangentialize into a brief cohesion before they fade. A silent crowd...

Off the Cuff: Rand Steiger, Composer-in-Residence

Caroline Hui, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011


Filed under Music, NEWS, Off the Cuff

How did you get your start in music and composition? I started as a rock drummer when I was growing up in the suburbs of New York City. When I was in junior high, I wrote songs for my band, so I had started writing music before I really thought about it as a profession. In high school, when I s...

Flora the Explorer Fails to Strike Gold

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

In some respects, the plot of Flora the Red Menace, a musical by Fred Ebb and alum John Kander, OC ’51, bears striking similarities to that of another work by an Oberlin alum: film wünderkind/Judd Apatow favorite Lena Dunham’s, OC ’08, Tiny Furniture. Both feature female protagonists who have just gra...

Branagh’s Thor Has Soft Hammer

Rachel Luczkowski

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

For a movie featuring a studly spaceman with a magical hammer and rainbow bridges connecting universes, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is rather unremarkable. Although the film contains all of the elements of a solid, action-packed superhero movie, they didn't come together in a consistently fun or interesting...

I Want to Be in Amerika

I Want to Be in Amerika

Lizzie Conner, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Amerika: a notebook in three parts, a webseries by director Mika Johnson, is progressing toward its development into a feature-length film. And like the film’s central character — a young Japanese girl who travels the U.S. in search of her father — those working on the film have found their jo...

Theatre Review: Flora Features Solid Cast, Weak Script

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Flora, The Red Menace, the deliciously campy musical performed in Hall Auditorium May 5 through 8, was impeded by one small detail: The musical itself. College senior Holland Hamilton (Flora) and College junior Andrew Gombas (Harry, Flora's love interest) displayed earnest, endearing personas and stro...

South Indian Music Festival Reincarnates Ganges into Cuyahoga River

Meghan Farnsworth, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music

From April 21 to May 2 this year, Cleveland State University hosted the largest South Indian music festival outside of India — the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival. With competitions, performances, lectures and demonstrations of Indian classical dance and music, the event unites performers of the Carnatic...

On the Record with Lisa Abend OC ’86

Monica Klein, Opinions Editor

May 13, 2011


Filed under ARTS, On the Record

In March, B.R. Myers wrote a piece in The Atlantic (“The Moral Crusade Against Foodies”), criticizing both chefs’ and food critics’ gluttonous tendencies and reverential treatment of their subject. In your reporting, did you ever share any of Myers’s feelings while researching Ferran Adrià’...

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