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The Oberlin Review

This Is Our Youth: Little Theater Mounts Cynical Portrait of College Student Malaise

This Is Our Youth: Little Theater Mounts Cynical Portrait of College Student Malaise

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth is a serious play about three characters whose lives are serious jokes. The synopsis reads like a tale on the brink of tragedy: Set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Youth tells the story of the privileged adolescent boy Warren (played by College senior Josh Silve...

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Jimmy Hagan

March 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Supernatural, the duo Senior Studio Show by Calder Singer and Mary Kate Kelly, unfolded like a delicate boxing match. Upon first impression, their work read like a battle between the ethereal versus physical, glamorous versus earthen, timeless versus fleeting. Could we even say hipster versus hippie? ...

A Bit Too Much Schmutz on Jerusalem of Gold

Moze Halperin, Staff Writer

March 4, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

A lot of people might shudder at the thought of publicizing the exploits of their time studying abroad, let alone publicizing them musically — not merely out of embarrassment, but out of humility. Few will ever write about the spiritual journey they underwent on pub crawls, or the identity crisis they...

Theater Review: Pinter’s Hothouse Runs Hot and Cold

Robert Salazar

February 25, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Performed in Little Theater and directed by Honors candidate and College senior Ben Ferber, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse is set in a poorly run, British mental facility. Although the characters refer to the setting as a “rest home” and a “sanitarium,” the title of the play perfectly captures...

On the Record: Guest Director Barney O’Hanlon

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

Can you elaborate on the production’s usage of the Viewpoints method (an acting technique developed by Anne Bogart, the founder of the renowned New York based acting institution, the SITI Company)? Did you see the training in the Viewpoints technique pay off onstage? The cast trained in both Suzuki a...

O’Hanlon’s Eurydice Visually Stunning, Wholly Unforgettable

O’Hanlon’s Eurydice Visually Stunning, Wholly Unforgettable

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

February 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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...

Additional Commentary: Eurydice

Liv Combe, Moze Halperin, and Jimmy Hagan

February 18, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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...

Bait Offers Christian Reform School Sex Fantasies, Swims through Symbolism

Moze Halperin

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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...

Theater Preview: Eurydice

Theater Preview: Eurydice

Rachel Kaye

February 11, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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...

“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


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

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’...

Taking on Tyson Inspires, Charlie Sheen Still Crazy

Rachel Avcioglu, Staff Writer

January 26, 2011


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

When I first heard the synopsis of Mike Tyson's new TV show Taking On Tyson, I had to laugh. Mike Tyson, the old heavyweight champion of the world, having a show on Animal Planet about his love for pigeons? That couldn’t possibly be serious. But after the first five minutes of the pilot episode, I knew I...

Putnam County Musical Spells Out Laughter

Rebecca Caine, Production Manager

December 11, 2009


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

As the audience members arrived to fill the seats in Wilder Main on Saturday afternoon, I whispered to my friend who was sitting next to me, “I hope I can come up with enough to write. I don’t know if I really like musicals.” Luckily, I had nothing to worry about. The 25th Annual Putnam County...

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