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    Chinese folk play adapted

    The Brandeis Theater Company took a tremendous risk about a year ago by placing The Orphan of Zhao, an adaptation of a Chinese folk tale, on the bill for the 2007-2008 season. It’s always a gamble to try translating a story across languages (let alone cultures) that are so widely different. The resulting production could […]

    If the recipe is right, the end result is amazing

    In a recent interview for The Hoot’s new theatre podcast, “Open Call,” SubUrbia director Kenny Fuentes ‘08 essentially split the play’s characters into three categories: those looking to change their lives, those fighting against the forces of change, and those who have already slipped into the abyss. At the end of the Brandeis Ensemble Theater’s […]

    Couldn’t ‘like it’ any better

    As the audience files in for the Brandeis Theater Company’s (BTC) new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, directed by Adrianne Krstansky (THA), it is treated to a disconcerting image. Live feeds of the audience members entering are projected onto screens with a massive pair of eyes superimposed on each projection. Such a paranoid […]

    Much to love about The Love of the Nightingale

    The Free Play Theatre Cooperative wrapped up its Fall 2007 season last week with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, directed by Rebecca Webber ’08. The play is immensely challenging, both intellectually and emotionally, dealing with weighty matters such as rape, violence, and silence; however, Webber, the actors, and the designers met and exceeded […]

    A Savage love triangle

    Continuing its long-running war on traditional proscenium arch-framed theatre, the Free Play Theatre Cooperative took the Schwartz Auditorium two weeks ago and set it up as the home for John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo. Under the direction of Aaron Arbiter ‘10, this production marked the space as Free Play’s eighth different venue in nine […]

    Swashbuckling through space

    For the second leg of the 2007-2008 season, the Brandeis Theater Company invited Double Edge Theatre, a company based in Ashfield, Mass., to bring their unique artistic vision to the Spingold Theater in a stage adaptation of Alexandre Dumass classic novel, The Three Musketeers.

    While Double Edges eye for theatrical spectacle is nothing short of stunning, structural problems leave the hour-long production shy of being a fulfilling stand-alone evening of theatre.

    Hamlet v. a return to Hollywood

    The Undergraduate Theatre Collective's Fall 2007 season got off on the right foot last weekend, as the Brandeis Players hilarious production of Paul Rudnicks I Hate Hamlet, directed by David Pepose 08, ran for four performances.

    The play follows Andrew Rally (Brian Melcher 10), star of a recently-canceled television medical drama, as he moves to New York and is confronted with the terrifying opportunity to star as Hamlet at Shakespeare in the Park.

    The Floor is Lava is white hot New long-form sketch comedy group debuts

    As the rowdy and excited crowd in the Usdan gameroom finally fell silent, the Pink Panther theme began to play and Elana Sandler 10 began to surreptitiously sneak past a sign reading Teachers Lounge before snagging a coffeepot, ominously squatting over it, and adopting a look of strained concentration.

    Broadway Comes to Brandeis

    As another semester begins, another impressive slate of ambitious undergraduate theatrical offerings gets ready to take to the stage.

    Love and madness with Free Play

    The Free Play Theatre Cooperative, which launched its inaugural season just last semester, has announced its four-play season spanning both semesters of the 2007-08 academic year, under the theme of Love and Madness. The fall semester will see two of these productions, The Night I Asked Cristine to Marry Me by Sam Zelitch 09, directed by Allison Vanouse 09, and The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker, under the direction of Becky Webber 08, while the spring will bring C.P. Taylors Good, directed by Eli Matzner 08, and Martin McDonaghs The Pillowman, directed by Free Play Artistic Director Josh Mervis 08.