The Oberlin Review

O’Hanlon’s Eurydice Visually Stunning, Wholly Unforgettable

O’Hanlon’s Eurydice Visually Stunning, Wholly Unforgettable

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011

When you see great theater, there’s usually a moment — a monologue, a scene, a particularly well-orchestrated costume change — that compels you to take a breath, sit up in your chair, and acknowledge that you are witness to something that can only be described as — to the chagrin of ninth-grade...

Review: Senior Voice Recital

Meghan Farnsworth

February 18, 2011

Senior Conservatory voice major and soprano Cree Alyse Carrico presented a final recital that showcased her vocal power and brilliance as well as her easy, carefree stage dynamic. Pianist Jenna Douglas acted as a tasteful adornment to Carrico’s commanding and powerful presence. The program featured...

Book Review: Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!

Aaron Botwick, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, opens with a quote from Alice in Wonderland. The King exclaims to Alice, “I only wish I had such eyes. To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance, too! Why, it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!” It seems appropriate that ...

Calvin Johnson and Friends Lead Audience Down Long, Winding Road

Lizzie Conner

February 18, 2011

Calvin Johnson croons un-amplified into the ceiling of Fairchild Chapel, barely skipping a beat when he swings his classical guitar to his back and reverting to a speaking voice to address the audience candidly. About 40 people showed up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with K Record’s “Ring Leader”...

Additional Commentary: Eurydice

Liv Combe, Moze Halperin, and Jimmy Hagan

February 18, 2011

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor He saw the letters of his daughter’s name in the space in between the rain. Purified in the River Lethe of all memory, Eurydice’s father could see something in the water as it drizzled in the Underworld. While Barney O’Hanlon’s strong hand undoubtedly steered the show...

Restaurant Review: Aladdin’s Eatery Ousts Java Zone in Baba Ganoush Coup

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

February 11, 2011

Everyone has dreams and, up until a month ago, this was mine: that Java Zone would be bought out by an enigmatic and fabulously wealthy restaurateur for a tidy sum, and that it would be replaced by a 24-hour sandwich shop. Sandwiches, of all creeds and colors, under the same roof and available at all...

Bait Offers Christian Reform School Sex Fantasies, Swims through Symbolism

Moze Halperin

February 11, 2011

The beautiful thing about student-written college theater is that audiences get the pleasure of seeing their friend's or acquaintance's or LARP partner’s personality combusted into performance. One has the sense that this person they know a lot or a little or a LARP is scattered in chunks around the...

Jazz Collective Makes Friends in Beijing

Jazz Collective Makes Friends in Beijing

Terry Hsieh

February 11, 2011

Improvisation was, and always has been, one of those things in life that never came easily to me. As a jazz musician, I always struggle against the urge to solidify everything that ever comes to mind before I get up onstage to play. But if jazz music can teach us anything about life, then improvisation,...

Theater Preview: Eurydice

Theater Preview: Eurydice

Rachel Kaye

February 11, 2011

The very old and very new are working together to bring something special to the Oberlin stage this weekend. The Theater and Dance department is staging Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a retelling of the story of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife, the titular character he attempts to rescue from the...

Super Blown: The Super Halftime Show Disappoints Yet Again

James Blankenship, Sports Editor

February 11, 2011

Every time the overhyped monstrosity that is Super Bowl week graces us with its presence, a nation is left wondering, “Can this halftime show really be worse than last year’s?” In the last five years, a spectacle that has become more celebrated than several national holidays (I’m talking to you,...

Mathias Énard Zone’s Out with Tall Tales, a Long Train Ride and a Failed Desire to Change History

Aaron Botwick

February 11, 2011

Almost 150 pages into Mathias Énard’s Zone, his protagonist, Francis Mirkovic, remembers the point in his life when he stopped reading “adventure novels” and, because of his exposure to Joseph Conrad, began reading “simply novels.” It is a slight point that is quickly dismissed for a new sub...

“O Brave New World”: Taymor’s Tempest Dreamlike, Occasionally Terrifying

“O Brave New World”: Taymor’s Tempest Dreamlike, Occasionally Terrifying

Eva Sachs

February 11, 2011

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is nothing if not surreal. Julie Taymor OC ’74 takes that to heart in her new film adaptation of the classic play. The movie is extraordinarily dreamlike, with countless special effects that vary from obvious green screen to frighteningly realistic animation. Today’...

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