The Oberlin Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’...

(Don’t) Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture: The Rebirth of Instant Film

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

PX 680 Color Shade FF might not mean a lot to most people, but for a dedicated few who love instant photography, it represents the dawn of a new era. The Impossible Project was born out of the ashes of the Polaroid Company. Polaroid filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and was subsequently purchased by a...

Yellin and Lachow’s Not-so-Fatal Attraction

Yellin and Lachow’s Not-so-Fatal Attraction

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Artists and College seniors Claire Lachow and Isabel Yellin closed out this year’s Senior Studio series with their playful twists on classical tradition and abstract expressionism. Their show, Attraction is a Basic Instinct, created what was simultaneously a dramatic and understated finale to the y...

Vera Obscura Upsets Senior Studio Dominance

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

May 6, 2011

Vera Obscura, an independent senior art show that opened last Saturday night at the Richard Baron Gallery behind Slow Train, dispelled the myth that Senior Studio is the only premier venue for the top talent in the Oberlin art community. The show consisted of impressive and exciting work by Colle...

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