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Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Axandre Oge, who plays the title character in College senior B.J. Tindal’s play Goodnight, Tyler, rests on a couch. The play, performed Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, tells the story of a young Black man, Tyler Evans, who was murdered by a police officer. Tyler’s ghost haunts Davis, Tyler’s white be...

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

December 11, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This article discusses sexual violence and abuse. In College senior Preston Crowder’s play The Monsters Underneath, the Warington siblings descend on the family home in Moore Hills, TN, to visit their ailing sister, Yari (College junior Calpyso Smith). The opening scene of the play...

Jurassic Junk: Newest Pixar Film Falls Flat

Jurassic Junk: Newest Pixar Film Falls Flat

Christian Bolles, Columnist

December 4, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In an era where remarkable animation can be summoned with the flick of a well-funded wrist, animated films can’t get by on pure spectacle. Before cutting-edge visuals were even possible, Pixar was making movies that cut to the heart of basic human truths; as technology caught up to their ambition,...

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Feature Photo: Parents Weekend Improv Showcase

Danny Evans, Arts Editor

November 13, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior James Koblenzer (center) gestures toward College senior Ben Hyams (far left) alongside fellow Kid Business members College senior Annie Peskoe (left), College first-year Jon Krakaur and College sophomore Max Freiman. Kid Business, Oberlin’s short-form improv troupe, teamed up with two...

Latest Bond Film Plagued by Inconsistent Script

Christian Bolles, Columnist

November 13, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Looking into the eyes of the man who has plotted to ruin him at every stage of his recent life, James Bond dismisses his enemy with a cold stare and says, “I have better things to do.” The new entry in the beloved franchise, Spectre, looks at the obligations of a modern action film and seems to ask t...

Eosphoros, Durham Organize Villainous Halloween Showcase

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

During the opening act of Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s Villains Showcase, presented last Friday and Saturday in a Kahn Hall lounge, College junior Julia Redden threw open the doors of the closet she was hiding in and began belting “Miss Baltimore Crabs” from the musical Hairspray. As ...

Narrative Complexity, Lush Visuals Set Crimson Peak Apart

Christian Bolles, Columnist

October 30, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Between the reds and blues of love and tragedy, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro finds his stride. He fathoms horrifying beauty in the macabre landscapes of the human mind, weaving tales as rich in narrative complexity as they are in visual sumptuousness. His obsession with the dark nature of life led him...

Writer-in-Residence Tackles African Diaspora, German Identity Through Film

L. Schumann

October 30, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

Branwen Okpako, the Max Kade German Writer-in-Residence for fall 2015, first became friends with Auma Obama when they both attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. When Auma Obama’s half-brother, Barack Obama, began his presidential campaign, Okpako used this opportunity to m...

Feature Photo: Wedding Band

Feature Photo: Wedding Band

Louise Edwards, Arts editor

October 9, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

In Alice Childress’ Wedding Band, set in 1918 during World War I, College sophomore Chandler Browne plays Julia Augustine, a Black woman who has recently moved to a South Carolinian neighborhood with Herman, her white, German significant other, played by College junior Shane Lonergan. Their landlady,...

The Martian Gives Space a Human Face

Christian Bolles, Columnist

October 9, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Humankind’s fascination with space has always existed on the boundary between two intellectual spheres. One conjures the image of a flag-toting pioneer standing on the edge of a vast cosmic horizon, ready to leap off the planetary surface into infinity. The other hits closer to home, focusing on the...

Slow-Burning Crime Thriller Captures Nuances of Cruelty

Christian Bolles, Columnist

September 25, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Even though I was seated comfortably in a mostly empty theater for a late-night showing of Black Mass, there was little the silver screen could do to keep James Bulger’s steely blue eyes from piercing me straight to my core. The Boston crime drama, directed by Scott Cooper, puts its eggs in two bask...

Sexual Innuendo Drives Piscapo’s Arm Debut

Sophie Kemp

September 11, 2015


Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

“We sometimes get offensive, so if we do, you can throw a Cat cookie at us — preferably at the mouth region,” a member of Piscapo’s Arm informed the audience gathered at the Cat in the Cream last Friday. No Cat cookies were thrown, but the troupe stayed true to its message and presented a show...

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