Preview: Assassins

Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is set to arrive at the O’Reilly with a bang in 7th week. First performed off-Broadway in 1990, the revue-style musical presents nine would-be assassins in murderous attempts (only three of which are successful) spanning two centuries of American history.

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Review: Parade

✮✮✮ In 1913, Mary Phagan, a thirteen year-old girl was found strangled in the cellar of a pencil-factory in Georgia. The superintendent of the factory, Jewish Brooklyn-bred Leo Frank, was indicted for the murder, and the case that followed was seen as catalyst for not only the founding of the Anti-Defamation League, but also for […]

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Review: Frankenstein

Photo by Dina Tsesarsky ✮✮✮ This latest devised piece from Rough-Hewn, the brains behind Fear last term, was, in a word, confusing. Not that that is always a bad thing, it could be said that the director effectively cultured a sense of bafflement that held the audience’s curiosity throughout the show; but there were several […]

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What’s the song and dance about?

  The musical in Oxford has a long and established tradition – with three or four fantastic productions being produced, choreographed, and in some cases even composed on a termly basis. Last term brought Oxford students the incredibly well received Chess, Sweeney Todd and the original musical In Her Eyes. Each offered something that pushed […]

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Review: Surprise

✮✮✮✮ A middle-class dinner party farce. Monkey suits. Zorba the Greek. It all sounds like comedy by the book, but James P Mannion’s electric script and a confident cast propel Surprise into a league of its own; it’s a chaotic descent into hallucinogenic insanity in which the pace never flags for an instant. As a […]

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Lord of the Flies bringing anarchy to the O’Reilly?

Editorial note: the following preview is an expanded edit of Alice Strasburger’s virtuoso original piece. Upon reading Alice’s original, the Stage team decided that it was too bold and stylistically challenging to be appreciated by a student audience. We instead decided to publish a less fragmentary piece which tries to aid reader comprehension through the use of those staid old journalistic commonplaces, […]

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Sir Gawain pulls our strings

✮✮✮✮ Cardboard Menagerie present Simon Corble’s much revised adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at the Keble O’Reilly this week, featuring a fantastic set of specially designed puppets. The audience travels to medieval England to follow the adventures of one of King Arthur’s young knights – Sir Gawain, in an adventure that brings […]

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