Kenyon Doppelgangers: Alex Kirshy ’17 and Henry Toohey ’18

I know what you’re thinking, but no — although they may be brothers in beard, Alex Kirshy and Henry Toohey are not (as far as we know) long-lost twins. They are the latest in the Thrill’s ongoing series of Kenyon Doppelgangers, where we celebrate both what makes us here at Kenyon similar in greatness and also what makes us so preciously unique and special individuals. We appreciate their participation! Let’s get going.

Obviously, the similarities are striking. We can immediately see that both are handsome gentlemen, and both are scholars of the theater. However, Kirshy says that “what’s funny about the doppelganger thing is that it’s obviously our hair, and maybe our major (both are Theater majors, and Kirshy doubles with English) but we’re actually very different.” Well, in what ways are they different? In what ways are they alike? I’m glad you asked, because this brings us to our lightning round!

Favorite cookie? Kirshy’s is shortbread and Toohey’s is ginger snap. Darn. What about favorite Peirce food? Spaetzle and hash brown triangles. No luck there, either. How about favorite color? Both said green. (Well, actually Kirshy said “forest green,” which I for eighteen years thought had two ‘r’s in it and now I feel like an idiot). Favorite building on campus? Both said Bolton Theater. If they were twins, would they be the good or the bad twin? Both said good twin. Wow. I’m impressed. Truly, these dopples were meant to gang together.

And they often do, in the theater program! Toohey says that Kirshy is “pretty much always onstage” and he himself does “more of the tech stuff,” but can’t you imagine the two of them Dopplin’ it up? It warms my heart. Kirshy is from Massachusetts and Toohey is from Pennsylvania, but I know that you too, dear reader, believe they are twins separated at birth. Although Kirshy had to shave his beard after this installment in order to more fully become a character, we know deep down that they share a bond stronger than beard — Dopplegangers will never give each other up, they’ll never let each other down, run around, or desert each other. It’s science.

Thanks so much to both Alex Kirshy and Henry Toohey for agreeing to celebrate Doppelganging with the Thrill! We appreciate you and like your faces.