Crumbling Homes Amidst a Crumbling America

Crumbling Homes Amidst a Crumbling America

Middle class paranoia sits squarely at the center of Lisa D’Amour’s 2012 play Detroit, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Virginia Anderson over the recent Fall Weekend. The show, set in the suburbs of an American city in the present day, explores the changing landscape of American life through two couples. Couple A: A somewhat-neurotic alcoholic named Mary (Terilyn Eisenhauer ’15) and her recently laid-off husband, Ben (Brion Morrissey-Bickerton ’17), who is in the process of starting his own business. And Couple B: Their new neighbors, Sharon (Mattie Barber-Bockelman ’16) and…

Othello: The Remix in London

Othello: The Remix in London

Readers will remember the Q Brothers from last fall’s smash hit, I <3 Juliet, written and directed while the Q Brothers were in residency at Connecticut College. A Chicago-based theater group, the Q Brothers have carved out their own theatrical niche by combining the plays of William Shakespeare with the music and lyricism of modern hip-hop. Othello: The Remix, their hip-hop reworking of the Shakespeare tragedy, has come to London, the latest stop on its world tour. What with rapping Moors, dancing villains and 1980s pop culture references, this is…

“Into the Woods” Soars at Conn College

“Into the Woods” Soars at Conn College

Many a story begins with the magic words “Once upon a time…” This seemingly mundane phrase finds new life onstage in Into the Woods, which played at Tansill Theatre this past weekend. This now-classic Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine collaboration has seen many productions, both regional and professional, in the last decade, leading to what some might call an oversaturation of the material. Thankfully, this Connecticut College production avoids the humdrum, creating an exciting, certifiably fresh presentation of Into the Woods. Into the Woods showcases a talented ensemble of actors…

What Happens After “Happily Ever After”

What Happens After “Happily Ever After”

Ever wondered what happens after “happily ever after”? Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods has the answers. This month, the Theater Department at Connecticut College will stage an ambitious new production of Into the Woods, under the guidance of guest director Jimmy Maize. Maize has long wanted to direct a Sondheim musical, citing “the complexity and richness” of Sondheim’s score. Stephen Sondheim, considered by many to be the greatest musical theater composer, “creates a very tight theatrical form with his seamless mesh of book and music,” said Maize….

Professor Profile: David Jaffe

Professor Profile: David Jaffe

Professor David Jaffe is no stranger to New London. As a member of the class of 1977, Professor Jaffe spent considerable time both on Conn’s campus and in New London. In 1989, after graduate study and extended theatrical experience, he returned to the New London area, which has served, as Professor Jaffe puts it, as “the center of [his] personal and professional life” ever since. For eight years, he taught in Conn’s theater department before leaving in 1997 to serve as Director at the National Theater Institute, located only a…

Warning: New Timberlake Album Is a Massive Aphrodisiac

Warning: New Timberlake Album Is a Massive Aphrodisiac

Justin Timberlake is an icon of American pop culture. Whether you know him as Mr. Sexy Back, fake Sean Parker or the dancing omelet from Saturday Night Live, Timberlake has no doubt affected your life, and possibly your hormones, from time to time. Last month, Timberlake returned to the industry that made him big, releasing his third solo album, The 20/20 Experience. Timberlake’s last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, was released seven years ago. That far-from-slumping sophomore effort boasted an impressive six singles, sold over four million copies in the United States alone…

Student-Directed Play Dead Man’s Cell Phone Leaves Audience Smiling but Reflective

Student-Directed Play Dead Man’s Cell Phone Leaves Audience Smiling but Reflective

Ringing phones, punch line zingers and awkward comedy were in abundance at this weekend’s performance of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. The play, written by Sarah Ruhl, follows a bookish young woman named Jean (Julia Larsen ’14), who discovers a dead man named Gordon (Ben Ballard ’16) at an adjacent table in a lonely café. He leaves behind an ever-ringing cell phone as his only link to life, which serves as a catalyst for Jean’s journey into the world he occupied, full of the people he knew. As Jean delves deeper…

Coming Attractions: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Coming Attractions: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

The Connecticut College Theater Department made a splash this fall with two incredibly successful theatrical productions. The spring shows look posed to continue that streak of success, beginning with this weekend’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone. The show offers a unique theatrical experience, heightened by offbeat comedy, that explores death and the way people communicate in the modern, technology-driven world. Dead Man’s Cell Phone follows a young woman named Jean (Julia Larsen ’14), who discovers a dead man (Ben Ballad ’16) sitting at an adjacent table in…

Argo Goes for Gold: Predictions for the 85th Academy Awards

Argo Goes for Gold: Predictions for the 85th Academy Awards

February 24 marks the official end of the 2012 movie season, bizarrely placed in what is traditionally the worst month for movies in any calendar year. The Eighty-Fifth Academy Awards are rapidly approaching, and the race is far from locked. Despite early enthusiasm for big-buzz films like Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables and Lincoln, a series of recent left turns, snubs and controversies has left the doors open for any number of surprises come Oscar night. Argo, the last film from actor-turned-director Ben Affleck, looks posed to win the top…