Nicholas Orvis

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“Eurydice” Retold in the ’92

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Fire + Bone Successfully Combines Religious Text with Experimental Theatre

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Two Muslims, two Christians, a Jew, and an Irish Nationalist are trapped in a haunted house. Surely, this sounds like the set-up for an off-color joke, but it was the premise of the experience presented to the small groups of viewers who wandered the halls of 329 Washington Terrace last weekend to view senior Lily Haje’s thesis production, “Fire + Bone,” presented by the Wesleyan Theater Department.

Actors Address Communication in Experimental “Hallway Play”

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Emily Hunt ’13 Dissects the Actor’s Process in “The Kindness of Strangers”

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All in a Day’s Work: One Day Plays Return

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“Rent” Goes Up Outside South College Rain or Shine

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on “Rent” Goes Up Outside South College Rain or Shine

If you’ve taken a stroll down High Street in the last couple of days, you may have noticed a motley crew of performers capering on the South College fire escape, perhaps bursting into song.

The Idiot Box: Doctor Which?

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

A couple of nights ago, nestled in my bed on this side of that vast ocean that separates us from our one-time overlords, I bore witness to a great event: a television serial airing in our quaint country from all the way across the proverbial pond, direct from that noblest of islands, Great Britain.

A “Sexy Gambol” Dances Onstage at CFA Theater

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It’s a ghost story, a romance, a melodrama. It’s got the spirit of the 1920s in the setting of the 1670s.

Firke on “Shovels vs. Schubert”

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Ben Firke ’12 may be best known as the Vice-President of the WSA, but he’s also a dab hand as a playwright.

Alum Returns to Direct “Melancholy”

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. 2 Comments

It’s been six years since Michael Rau ’05 graduated with Honors in Theater. Since then, he has established himself as a professional theatrical and operatic director in New York.

Beauty and Mystery Contemplated in “Icarus”

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

“These are strange times,” a teacher of mathematics tells one of his students in the first scene of “Icarus, or an Angel,” the new play from Anthony Smith ’11 opening in the ’92 Theater this weekend; strange times they are indeed, and a multitude of times, in this genre-bending, decade-spanning collection of vignettes from Wesleyan’s premier student playwright.

Into the Open

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Into the Open

This weekend, Wesleyan will host its annual performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” the quintessential celebration of womanhood performed around the world during the month of February.

Student Play Opens Off-Off-Broadway

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Student Play Opens Off-Off-Broadway

Last weekend, in a small apartment converted into a theater, “Dead Sharks,” a play by student Will Dubbs ’14, opened Off-Off-Broadway as part of the Manhattan Repertory Theater’s Winterfest Play Festival to sold-out houses.

In Defense of: Dungeons and Dragons

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. 6 Comments

Stop! Don’t run away! Continue reading…I know that you probably expect me to be wearing a cape and speaking in a mock-spooky voice, but I assure you, I have no such intentions.

The King’s Speech: A Pathology Breeds Friendship

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Winter break is often a boon for the movie-going college student; returning home, we have seemingly endless amounts of time to waste our money at the box office.

Husk: Trials of Small Town America

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How can you know which days will change your life? How do you know when you’re moving from a time of happiness into one of sorrow?

Militant, Strident, and Twisted: Wesleyan’s Richard III

by Nicholas Orvis, Arts Editor. Comments Off on Militant, Strident, and Twisted: Wesleyan’s Richard III

Audience members coming into the Theater Department’s production of Richard III the weekend before Thanksgiving break were greeted by a rumbling, militant drumbeat: a six-member troupe of Wesleyan’s taiko drummers, lined up across the front of the CFA Theater’s stage.

Machinal Review: Insanity in a Bloodless, Mechanized World

by Nick Orvis, Arts Editor. Comments Off on Machinal Review: Insanity in a Bloodless, Mechanized World

Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal was in its day a revolutionary piece, a product of early feminism and the expressionist movement of the 1920s.

Bandfire Warms Students on Foss

by Nick Orvis, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Close to a hundred students thronged the baseball diamond on the foot of Foss Hill Thursday night, congregating around the low-set bonfire basins near the stage and around a much larger ring of fire where Prometheus was performing.

“Blackbird” Balances Passion and Pain

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“You left me in love!” Mandy Goldstone ’12 screamed to her partner (Eli Timm ’13) in the ’92 Theater Friday night during Second Stage’s production of David Harrower’s Blackbird

Risky Fresh: Electrifying Campus Music

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Regular Wesleying readers and followers of the electronic music scene may have noticed a new face on campus this semester: Risky Fresh, a collective of Wesleyan DJs that have been appearing at parties and concerts and are now releasing a series of free, downloadable mixes available on Wesleying.

This Month on Second Stage

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After three dry weeks for student-theater on campus, Second Stage is coming back strong in November with a show every weekend this month! (All right, except for Thanksgiving break).

Book Review: A Week at the Airport

by Nicolas Orvis, Arts Editor. Comments Off on Book Review: A Week at the Airport

Ah, the airport. Crossroads of civilization, home to all the things that modern society finds essential to its smooth running: interminable lines, suspicious-looking armed people, second-rate bookstores and food courts, mix-ups, delays, horrifying realizations, panic attacks, and so much more.

Student Poets Slam Down Rhymes at WeSLAM’s Inaugural

by Nicholas Orvis, Arts Editor. 1 Comment

Personal stories, wild performances, and energetic fun: all three filled the air late Wednesday night. The venue was WestCo Café, the event was WeSLAM’s first poetry slam of the year, and it was a riotous, cheerful evening.

“Becoming 20-Something” Puts Fresh Spin on Cabaret

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Moody blue lighting and a cheerful atmosphere filled the air last Saturday in the Patricelli ’92 Theater as a small audience filed in, laughing and chatting. The whole feeling was relaxed and casual as the evening’s performers strolled around, occasionally waving to the audience.

Weekend in Review

by Jessica Jordan, Nicholas Orvis, Arts Editors. 1 Comment

The weekend of Wesleyan arts.

Rinde Eckert Brings “An Idiot Divine” to Wes

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Rinde Eckert seems to embody whatever he’s talking about: twisting his head around on top of his powerful body, gesticulating gracefully with his hands, closing his eyes as he rolls his words around in his mouth.

Arts Brief

by Jessica Jordan, Nicholas Orvis, Arts Editors. Comments Off on Arts Brief

There were arts events abound this weekend, for those who cared to look. And it did take a bit of looking—the arts scene hasn’t really gotten started yet, this early in the year. But, as usual, Wes provides!

Art Around Campus: Important Places

by Nicholas Orvis, Jessica Jordan, Arts Editors. Comments Off on Art Around Campus: Important Places

A roundup of arts locations around campus.

Arts Alumni: The People You Wish Had Never Left

by Nicholas Orvis, Jessica Jordan , Arts Editors. 3 Comments

A roundup of artistic alums.

WesArt: Student Art Groups

by Jessica Jordan , Nicholas Orvis, Arts Editors. Comments Off on WesArt: Student Art Groups

The arts community at Wesleyan provides many opportunities for stu- dents to watch, listen to, and partici- pate in creative events and programs. Below is a smattering of the prominent

Second Stage’s Demon Barber

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Second Stage’s Demon Barber

Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is undoubtedly one of the master’s best beloved musicals.

Hart ’10 Blends Biology and Machinery

by Nicholas Orvis, Assistant Arts Editor. Comments Off on Hart ’10 Blends Biology and Machinery

Stepping into Zilkha’s South Gallery feels a bit like stepping into a cave: quiet, dark, still.

Review: The Mystery of Irma Vep

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“The stage! How disgusting!” exclaimed one character in “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” when told of another’s past life as an actress.

“The Memoirs of Hip Hop” Tells Tale in the ’92

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In what promises to be an exciting performance, Latasha Alcindor ’10 will present her dance thesis, “The Memoirs of Hip Hop,” in the ’92 Theater this weekend, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“The Vagina Monologues” Celebrates Women

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On the tiny stage of the CFA Hall last weekend, a group of 18 women performed – and many more of all sexes and ages gathered – in honor of one of our culture’s most taboo subjects: the vagina.

The Mystery (and Mayhem) of “Irma Vep”

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Here at the University, theses about drag queens are no surprise. A thesis performance in drag, on the other hand, is a bit of a rarity.

Argus Spring Movie Preview

by Jenna Robbins , Nicholas Orvis, Staff Writers. 1 Comment

With spring comes the dubious in-theater spring movie lineup, a notorious dumping ground for movies that aren’t important enough for the Oscar-contender-dominated fall season or big enough for summer blockbuster season.

Peter Cole, Translator and Poet, Visits University

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Peter Cole, a short, slight man with fluttering hands who wears large glasses over his intense black eyes, hardly seemed like the type to upset the status quo as he delivered a talk on the translation of Middle Eastern liter¬ature to a small but appreciative crowd at Russell House on Tuesday night.

“A Safe, Familiar Place:” Excitingly Alien and Dangerous

by Nicholas Orvis, Staff Writer . 1 Comment

If there are two things that are al¬ways gripping on the stage, it’s the dy¬namic between two people struggling for power, and two people who expect to end their encounter with raw, un¬bridled sex.

“Dr. Horrible:” A Terrifyingly Successful Campus Production

by Nick Orvis , Staff Writer . 1 Comment

“The hammer…is my penis.” These immortal words (and no, they’re not less dumbfounding and hilarious in context) nicely capture the spirit of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” Joss Whedon ’87 made-for-the-internet movie musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day.

Minneapolis Choreographer Brings “Heaven” to CFA

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This weekend the Center For the Art’s Breaking Ground Dance Series will play host to an outpouring of ecstasy and tension, both spiritual and choreographic.

Wesleyan Gamelan Students and Faculty Perform “Bimå Pakså”

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On December 5, students and a few members of the greater community came together to explore the art form wayang kulít, Javanese shadow-puppetry, presented by students and faculty at the World Music Hall.

Eiko and Koma: A World of Beauty, Stillness, and Passion

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Both of their fathers had died. But, he went on, after the performance they were both given full scholarships to the University of Cambodia where they are studying today.

Students Celebrate Caribbean Diaspora through Art

by Nicholas Orvis, Staff Writer . 4 Comments

On November 6, at the opening of the PIECE OF PIECES: ROOTZ OF ROOTZ exhibit at Zilkha Gallery, Adrian Augier, a well-known artist, author, and poet, said that, “As people of color, our way has been to travel, both willingly and unwillingly.”

“Alice Ashes” Touching Emotionally Involving

by Nick Orvis, Contributing Writer. Comments Off on “Alice Ashes” Touching Emotionally Involving

“Alice Ashes,” the play written and directed by Daniel O’Sullivan ’11 that opened in the ’92 Theater on Oct. 15, is a show about aging, loneliness, betrayal, and the often-bitter lives people lead.

“Enlightening Images” Grace the Mansfield-Freeman Center

by Nick Orvis, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

The information board outside the “Enlightening Images” exhibit at the Mansfield-Freeman Center opens with two quotes on the nature of images.

“The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” Further Abridged

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The spirit of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” can be summed up in one line from the show itself: “We don’t have to do it justice, we just have to do it.”

Firestone and Marron Take “Talent Night” to New York

by Nicholas Orvis, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

As a testament to the diverse and powerful theater community on campus and to the determination of its students, Wesleyan students and alumni, Dylan Marron ’10 and Jo Firestone ’09, are taking their two-person show, “Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite,” into the public eye this season.

Renowned Dance Company Performs at University

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In what promises to be one of the highlight of the University’s arts season, the famed Stephen Petronio Company is bringing one of their newest shows to the Center for the Arts theater this weekend, on the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth of September.

Behind the Sound: Wesleyan Sound Cooperative

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“We’re ghosts,” Amanda told me near the end of our interview—and the more I learned about her group, the Wesleyan Sound Cooperative (WSC), the more I thought she might be right.

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