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On the Record: Heather Marlowe, Playwright

On the Record: Heather Marlowe, Playwright

Victoria Garber, Arts and Culture editor
May 5, 2017
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article discusses sexual assault. Playwright, actor and activist Heather Marlowe graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in art history before moving to San Francisco, where she dedicated much of her time to theater classes. Motivated by h...

Black and White “Fury Road” Re-Release Highlights Action, Scenery

Christian Bolles, Columnist
May 5, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

When beloved director George Miller first released the much-awaited follow-up to his cult classic Mad Max series, he teased that he had watched the new film in black and white and found it a superior experience. Now, after much fan buzz, the “Black and Chrome” edition of Mad Max: Fury Road has hit ...

OMTA’s “Assassins” Balances Levity, Seriousness

OMTA’s “Assassins” Balances Levity, Seriousness

Victoria Garber and Quentin Nguyen-Duy
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

When the legendary Stephen Sondheim and librettist John Weidman first debuted Assassins in 1990, it was one of the most controversial musicals in recent history. The musical compiles its character list from the select community of historical figures connected to the assassinations and attempted assass...

Oberlin Alums Pen Enchanting New Musical

Oberlin Alums Pen Enchanting New Musical

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

A staged reading of The Enchanted, a new musical comedy in progress by John Kander, OC ’51 — who previously wrote music for Cabaret and Chicago — and prolific playwright and fiction writer Greg Pierce, OC ’00, was performed by a cast of student actors last weekend in the Birenbaum Innovation and Pe...

Chan-Wook’s “Handmaiden” Unpacks Sexual Power Dynamics

Christian Bolles, Columnist
April 21, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“Of all the things I’ve washed and dressed, have any been so pretty?” This is the first question Korean handmaiden Sookee asks herself upon meeting her new mistress, a soft-spoken Japanese noblewoman named Lady Hideko. Sookee’s immediate attraction to Hideko is objectifying — even clinical...

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article contains references to topics including suicide and sexual assault. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, which opened yesterday night in Hall Auditorium, is an evocative production spotlighting the experiences of Bl...

“Raw” Offers Potent Commentary on Sexuality, Sisterhood

Christian Bolles, Columnist
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers and mentions of violence, sexual assault, nausea and trauma inflicted on both humans and animals. When French writer-director Julia Ducournau’s feature-length debut Raw made rounds at film festivals worldwide, paramedics became an occasional fixture of th...

OSTA’s “Bright Half Life” Explores Intersectional Identities

OSTA’s “Bright Half Life” Explores Intersectional Identities

Katie Lucey and Victoria Garber
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

Cascading baubles of multicolored lights and hanging photographs of the cast and crew border the walls of a cozy South Hall studio, creating an intimate setting for Bright Half Life, an Oberlin Student Theater Association production exploring the trials of love. The non-linear narrative is centered aroun...

Drag Ball Goes to Hell and Back with New Theme, RuPaul Performances

Julia Peterson, Production editor
March 31, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Theater & Film

Drag Ball has been one of Oberlin’s most iconic annual events since the 1980s. A celebration of the queer community and drag performance and culture, Drag Ball will take over the basement of Wilder Hall — encompassing the ’Sco, the Rathskellar and DeCafé — on April 22. This year, Drag Ball...

Peele’s Triumphant Debut Get Out Interrogates Liberal Racism

Christian Bolles, Columnist
March 31, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Directorial debuts are often fragile. The vast majority of them display a promising but flawed proof of behind-the-camera skill, so for any new director, finding success in their first effort is difficult. When it comes to non-white directors, however, Hollywood’s prevailing whiteness and racism el...

‘Cendrillon’ Opera Charms with Quips, Fantasy

‘Cendrillon’ Opera Charms with Quips, Fantasy

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
March 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers. With its production of Cendrillon, Oberlin Opera Theater invites audiences to join them in a world of fantasy, romance and stories that live beyond their pages. In this interpretation of the classic fairytale Cinderella, a score by Jules Massenet and a F...

AAArt Collective Kicks Off Third Biennial Event Series

Victoria Garber, Arts editor
March 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Music, Theater & Film

The third Asia America Art Collective will commence this evening with a 7:30 p.m. screening of Kenneth Eng’s My Life in China in the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies’ Hallock Auditorium, followed by a late night ’Sco performance by Yaeji, v1984 and College senior Rachel Katz, ...

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