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‘The Admission’ Reimagines Shakespeare in the Middle East

‘The Admission’ Reimagines Shakespeare in the Middle East

Paul Mehnert

April 15, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The tandem story of two families, one Israeli and one Palestinian, depicted in the Oberlin Student Theater Association’s production of The Admission, begins on an unassuming note. Two men converse at a table, accompanied only by the nervous click of Wilder Main’s radiator. Details slowly emerge a...

‘God’s Not Dead 2’ a Slice of Trump-Era Propaganda

Christian Bolles, Arts Editor

April 15, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“The most basic human right of all is the right to know Jesus,” says Director Harold Cronk through one of his signature mouthpiece characters in his latest film, God’s Not Dead 2, produced by the Christian company Pure Flix. Ideas like these have been voiced in the U.S. ever since the words ...

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Jake Frankenfield

April 15, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For anyone acquainted with the cinema of the early 1960s — with its psycho thrillers, horror films and beach party movies — Psycho Beach Party will feel familiar. And it will also feel a little ridiculous. This makes sense, given that Pscyho Beach Party is a send-up of all those genres. The pl...

In ‘Batman v Superman,’ Quantity Trumps Quality

In ‘Batman v Superman,’ Quantity Trumps Quality

Christian Bolles, Columnist

April 1, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

As director Zack Snyder’s favorite author and ideological match Ayn Rand once said, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” No sentence could better sum up Snyder’s creative philosophy in putting together his latest blustering bumble of a blockbuster, Batman v S...

Askin Avoids Clichés in 30 Score

Vida Weisblum, Managing Editor

March 11, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

College sophomore JD Askin spends most of his time in his dorm room — a cozy nook in South with a red rug, a keyboard, rainbow water speakers, a lone strand of multicolored Christmas lights and not much else. Askin, a New York City native and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a primarily...

‘Witch’ Taps into Paranoia, American Nationalism

Christian Bolles, Columnist

March 4, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

While The Conjuring flaunted its beat-by-beat horror and It Follows divided many fans of the genre, something was watching from the dark, forgotten woods of this country’s cultural memory. It’s a subgenre sometimes overlooked in cinema, containing innate nuance. That gold mine of cinematic potenti...

Plath Resurrected in ‘Feels Like Hell’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Anna Gelman first got the idea to write the play I Do it So it Feels Like Hell when she studied Sylvia Plath in the class Six Poets: 1945– Present, taught by her advisor and Associate Professor of English DeSales Harrison. She took the class during her sophomore year, and now the play...

Feature Photo: Ray of Sunshine

Feature Photo: Ray of Sunshine

Danny Evans, Arts Editor

March 4, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Sunshine Scouts members and College juniors Jesse Arnholz, left, Jesi Gaston and Harley Foos strike a comedic pose. Audience members received the Sunshine Scouts, Oberlin’s only musical long-form Improv troupe, enthusiastically last night during its show at Warner Center. College sophomores Zoe Kush...

‘Hail, Caesar!’ a Joyride through the ’50s

Christian Bolles, Columnist

February 19, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Few feelings are more satisfying than those incited when viewing a piece of entertainment that pays tribute to its own medium. Films like Hugo, books like Inkheart and games like The Beginner’s Guide occupy a special place in the annals of their respective crafts because they represent a purpose t...

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

Ariel Miller

February 12, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

One might expect the play Family Happiness, based on a novella by Leo Tolstoy, to iclude period costumes, cherry orchards and classic dacha drama, but the empty Hall Auditorium stage immediately suggested this would not be the case. A minimal layout of platforms and columns graced the floor, while two ...

Performance Art Grapples with Girlhood, Grieving

Performance Art Grapples with Girlhood, Grieving

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For her final performance in the Winter Term Performance Art & Technology class, College sophomore Elizabeth Grooms filmed herself with Periscope, an app that allows users to livestream anything and viewers to leave comments on the video. She performed her installation alongside classmates at Storage...

‘Anomalisa’ Comments on Gender Politics in Romance

‘Anomalisa’ Comments on Gender Politics in Romance

Christian Bolles, Columnist

February 5, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Very few filmmakers are capable of confronting the contradictory selfishness of love with the heartbreaking honesty of Charlie Kaufman. After toying with the idea of a procedure that can render one’s previous relationships forgotten in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman explores the othe...

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