Flash Review: Collected Stories

(Photo by Sarah Morgan Cohen-Smith)

At this point, you may be ready to keel over under the weight of all these senior theses you’re expected to see just to keep considering yourself a cultured Kenyon student. How many more tormented people can you possibly witness making tough decisions onstage? Though Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, the thesis of Rachel Sachnoff and Caroline Lindy as directed by Alyssa White, presents another set of characters contending with tricky moral issues, it’s a fresh, simplistic story that, when I saw it on Thursday, left the audience enthralled, asking each other “So whose side are you on?” hours after the curtain fell. Continue reading

Do it tonight: The Baltimore Waltz

The Baltimore Waltz may or may not feature any actual waltzes. You'll just have to find out.

Under most circumstances, plays about terminal diseases might not be your idea of a fun Friday night, but The Baltimore Waltz promises to be the exception to this rule. Waltz, the senior thesis of director Sophie Blumberg ’12 and actors Aeneas Hemphill ’12 and Robyn Rae Stype ’12, is an absurd look at a serious situation: when Anna (Stype) is diagnosed with Acquired Toilet Disease (itself an absurdist take on the AIDS epidemic) and given one month to live, she and her brother Carl (Hemphill) make the best of a bad situation and finally undertake the tour of Europe they’d always been planning. It’s a must-see if you’re interested in how Hemphill and Stype portray the conflict between the two siblings, how Blumburg turns the bizarre premise into something poignant and how the third actor in Waltz, Tim Jurney ’15, manages to handle playing the show’s remaining 15 (yes, you read that number right) characters.

Blumberg’s production of The Baltimore Waltz premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Hill Theater. If you can’t make it tonight, you’ll have another chance on Sunday evening; same time, same place.

Do it tonight: Collected Stories

(Photo by Sarah Morgan Cohen-Smith)

Barely two weeks into the semester, and the senior theses have begun again! You know you’re excited. The first of the two going up this weekend is Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, the thesis of Rachel Sachnoff and Caroline Lindy, directed by Alyssa White. Sachnoff and Lindy play two women who grapple with issues of friendship and creativity; Sachnoff plays teacher and author Ruth Steiner, while Lindy plays her student Lisa Morrison. Though the nondescript title makes it sound like a quiet evening spent reading a large hardbound Norton anthology, the show was in fact a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, so set aside those prejudices. Not to mention the unusual and quite welcome quality of featuring two female actors in leading roles.

This production goes up tonight and Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. in the Hill Theater. Contact the Bolton Box Office at 740-427-5546 to reserve tickets, or just head over in person. They go for $1 a ticket, and seating is open.

Flash Review: Sex & Other Vices is My New Vice

(Photo by Katie Poinsatte)

There’s one more show of Sex & Other Vices tonight. If you’re wondering whether to go, ask Nina, who saw it last night and wrote this flash review.

The title sums it up with alarming accuracy. If you did not go see Sex & Other Vices last night, go see it tonight. Or have a friend record it on her phone or something like that. You’ll enjoy it either way.

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Do it tonight: Sex & Other Vices

It's the shiniest thingiest shiny thing of all the shiny things. (Photo by Katie Poinsatte)

With a title like Sex & Other Vices, how can you resist? College students love vices, and sex is surely the hands-down favorite. Don’t worry — alcohol is represented in this show as well. Sex & Other Vices consists of six one-act plays written by Miles Purinton ’12 for his junior thesis in drama. Now, for his senior thesis, he’s directing those very plays, featuring Charles Lasky ’12, who is also fulfilling his senior thesis requirement. Apparently, this requirement entails shouting the word “sex” repeatedly and pretending to vomit on Aeneas Hemphill ’12.

Sex & Other Vices, which stars Hemphill, Lasky, Rosie Ouellet ’15 and Dyer Pierce ’14, goes up tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. in the Hill Theater. (That’s the one that’s better than the Black Box but less good than the Bolton.) Tickets are $1 at the Bolton Box Office, which is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and available at (740) 427-554, or you can just show up and go on the waiting list.

Did I mention this play smells like cinnamon?