Review of the Drama Departments performance of the show RENT.
Turning a big-screen box office hit into a Broadway musical isn’t a new trend. More often than not, you get exactly what you think you’re going to get: a few new upbeat songs and dialogue spewed verbatim from the same recognizable characters.
As a part of Hofstra University’s conference on Vietnam, “Into Sunlight: The Impact of War on the Social Body from the Vietnam Era to the Present,” the Department of Drama and Dance put on a performance of Undeclared History. Written by Hofstra Alumnus Isaac Rathbone, the story is based on Hofstra during the height of Vietnam protests between the years 1968 and 1972. Oral histories obtained from Hofstra veterans, activists faculty and journalists were drawn upon for the play’s story and characters. Professor of Drama and Dance Cindy Rosenhal directed this enjoyable look into Hofstra’s past.
On Tuesday night, something strange occurred in a fourth-floor walk-up in SoHo. This happened to be where The Access Theater takes residence, and after being buzzed up, the audience can take their seats. That night, the theater was home to The Hyper Aware Theater Company and a double dose of Durang.
The Masquerade Musical Theater Company may have found its new star director. Making his directorial debut this past weekend with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Ryan Zatcoff proved that he can work wonders with two essential ingredients: a little bit of politically incorrect humor, and a wickedly talented cast.
Last semester, Hofstra University hosted a panel of alumni from its Drama Program, including professionals from Broadway to Hollywood, and from television to the stage. But this event was missing one thing: a Hofstra alumnus as a director.
When you write a show that is pushing four hours, you have to make sure that it is entertaining, engaging and easy to digest. Especially when it is Shakespeare and especially when it is a complex history. Royston Coppenger successfully hits these marks in his adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Henry VI trilogy, War of the Roses. With a talented and passionate cast to bring Coppenger’s work to life, War of the Roses takes the audience on a thrilling ride through British history.
The tradition of female empowerment and fighting against violence towards women was once again continued and celebrated this year at Hofstra University. In honor of V-Day, the annual production of the Vagina Monologues was put on to raise money for the Nassau Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, was a humorous, yet bizarre combination of Dogg’s Hamlet, which was spoken in a unique code language, known as ‘Dogg,’ and a condensed version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The play took place in Emily Lowe Hall, from Dec 1-4, and was directed by Ian Poake, a BFA performance major.
The songs of Pink Floyd, commonly characterized as psychedelic or progressive rock, have captivated the senses and opened the minds of music enthusiasts all over the world for decades. Band member Roger Waters wrote a screenplay based off of the lyrics of their album “The Wall,” which was turned into the 1982 film, “Pink Floyd The Wall.” Merging together live action and animation, this musical film, directed by Alan Parker and illustrated by Gerald Scarfe, uses mixed media to portray the fictional life of Floyd. The film revolves around his character, a rock star who struggles to break down the metaphorical wall he has built up around himself, alienating himself from everyone in his life. Both the film and Pink Floyds music profoundly inspired Hofstra student Paul Tiesler, so much so that it inspired his senior practicum.