The Oberlin Review

“Hamlet” Adapted for One-Woman Show Running this Weekend

September 27, 2019

But Never Doubt I Love is a one-woman show compiled by double-degree fifth-year Marina Wright, pictured above, who has performed in various campus productions and has wanted to direct a show of her own since her second year. Her years of experience are truly brought to the fore with this phenomenal 30-minute act that adapts Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Wright successfully brings the entire project together with a compelling and enjoyable performance, especially highlighted by the liveliness of the show...



April 26, 2019

Oberlin Emeritus Professor Recognized for Grafton Productions

Roman Broszkowski, Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

 The Ohio Arts Council recently announced that Phyllis Gorfain, Oberlin Professor of English Emerita, had won its 2019 Ohio Arts Administration Award. This award is one of several categories of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. Gorfain was nominated for her role in founding Oberlin Drama at Grafton, a theater group that operates within the Grafton Correctional Institution, located about 20 minutes from Oberlin.  ODAG helps to put on inmate-acted plays inside Grafton, providing incarcerated people the opportunity to engage with theatrical works in collaboration with Oberlin students and volunteers. While the group grew from Gorfain’s earlier work, she is quick to insist that its roots come from all it...

Pocket Hamlet

Pocket Hamlet

February 8, 2019

Students premiere a staged reading of College senior Sam Marchiony’s original one-act play, Women of Will, a feminist take on Shakespeare’s plays and female characters.

“Women of Will” Strikes Socio-Political Chord

November 17, 2017

Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of sexual and physical abuse. Women of Will, an original one-act play written and directed by College senior Sam Marchiony, premiered as a staged reading in StudiOC last weekend. The play — produced by an all-female cast and crew and written entirely in iambic pentameter — featured six of William Shakespeare’s female characters: Rosalind from As You Like It (Marchiony), Lavinia from Titus Andronicus (community member Aliza Weidenbaum), Hero fr...

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Receives Queer Update

Ivan Aidun

February 3, 2017

The twang of a banjo was the first of many surprises in Monday night’s presentation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by College senior Jenny Kneebone in the Little Theater. The play follows Viola (College sophomore Ronit Schorr), a shipwrecked girl who disguises herself as a boy named Cesario, and enters employ as a messenger for the local Duke Orsino (College first-year Quentin Nguyen-duy). As the Duke’s messenger, she delivers missives of his love to the Countess Olivia (College first-year Christine Impara), who ends up falling in love with Cesario. Though the play is more than 400 years old, this production felt remarkably fresh, something that something that Kneebone deliberately emphasized. “I wan...

A group of actors congregate in a round robin for an informal, spontaneous performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. College sophomores Jay Shapiro and Chris Puglisi organized the experimental outdoor reading that took place Saturday.

Students Organize Informal Shakespeare Performance

October 3, 2014

An exciting experiment in directing and acting occurred on Saturday when students met in Wilder Bowl for an open reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. College sophomores Jay Shapiro and Chris Puglisi proposed to direct a version of the Shakespeare play that was audition and rehearsal-free, with a single time commitment at the conclusion of last semester. According to Shapiro, the two directors were inspired by writer and director Joss Whedon, who would host brunches with his...

Hyman to Bring Shakespeare’s Roman Plays Back to Italy

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer

September 19, 2014

All roads lead to Rome, particularly for eight students this Winter Term. Associate Professor of English Wendy Hyman has organized an excursion to Rome in January for interested applicants to study three of Shakespeare’s five Roman plays in Italy’s capital city. According to Hyman, those selected for the program will have the opportunity “to see things contextualized and alive.” She spoke at a general interest meeting for “Shakespeare in Rome” last Friday to an excited audience of students hoping to secure one of the eight spaces available. Hyman said she “certainly wanted to include Titus Andronicus, because the trip is being subsidized very generously by [the Julie Taymor ’74 Student Support Fund for...

OSTA’s Shakespeare Production Confronts Rape Culture

Annelise Giseburt, Production Editor

April 18, 2014

William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure: In fair Vienna do we lay our scene, where, due to the negligence of the city’s Duke (played by College junior Luke Taylor), debauchery and venereal disease have run rampant for the past 20 years. The Duke decides the time has come to make his city right again, and so he puts his deputy Angelo (College sophomore Peter Elgee) in charge while the Duke disguises himself as a friar and tries to solve Vienna’s problems from the ground up — or is he just messing around? Angelo implements the strict laws that have fallen by the wayside during the Duke’s reign: Brothels are pulled down, and anyone caught having sex out of wedlock will be put to death. One such offender is Cla...

(From left) College seniors Zach Weinberg as Rosencrantz, Joshua Selesnick as Claudius, and Colin Wulff as Guildenstern deliver a gripping performance in the Little Theater. The performers in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead rehearsed during Winter Term to present a play that combined Shakespearean tragedy with absurdist comedy.

When Hamlet Meets the Absurd: Oberlin Theater Does ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’

February 7, 2014

Shakespeare is an immensely popular playwright, constantly performed by professionals and amateurs alike. His work is, by all accounts, a safe choice. But what happens when a playwright creates a situation of his own within one of Shakespeare’s works? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, written by absurdist playwright Tom Stoppard, is set in the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and does a phenomenal job of integrating modernist and absurdist ideas into one of the Bard’s most recognized works. Last S...

The Winter’s Tale Delights with Modern Spin on Shakespeare

Sarah Westbrook

March 1, 2013

From Feb. 21–24, Little Theater played host to Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, directed by College senior Carter Sligh. The show was an ambitious undertaking that went off without a hitch and was a testament to the tremendous hard work put in by the cast and crew. From the first moment of the production on, the audience was incorporated into the action of the play, staged as a theater-in-the-round with seating on all four sides. The cast wandered around in character as the audience members took their seats. They approached viewers, asking them to dance or to hold their drinks. Sligh elected to set the drama in the 1950s and ’60s, in part because of the shifting moral standards those decades represent. The choi...

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