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Articles by Ben Hyman (44)

Arts & Culture

Boy meets Girl meets existential void

November 13, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Edward Albee’s “The Play About the Baby” — opening tonight at Production Workshop under the direction of Doug Eacho ’11 — is, yes, about a baby, at least superficially. But Albee’s language throughout suggests that the play really takes place in the metaphorical terrain of journeys: travel, departure, destinations, getting there, finding the way back, learning the route.

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Salama’s ’12 sculptures offer a little hair of the dog

November 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Taking a break from installing her solo sculpture show Sunday, Cecilia Salama ’12 looked around the small gallery room at the half-dozen works she had already put up. “I think I’ve become completely numb to the fact that all this stuff is gross,” she mused.

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‘Anna Bella Eema’ tells much, shows little

October 23, 2009 Comments are Disabled

The problem with “Anna Bella Eema” isn’t exactly that it’s a bad play, but rather that it isn’t exactly a play.

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In PW’s ‘Clean House,’ love, death and untranslatable jokes

October 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

The term “catharsis” invokes a particular combination of purification, purgation, insight, clarity and cleansing that cannot be reduced to any one of those sensations. Aristotle used the word to describe the feeling of emotional release at the end of a good tragedy, but catharsis is also surprisingly close to the rush of recognition that comes with the punchline of a really good joke.

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At Steel Yard, cooking up sculptures at 6,000 degrees

September 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled

A screaming came across the sky. It was the circular saw’s squeal, settling into a ragged, mechanical snarl as it sliced through a steel rod, sending off a jet of orange sparks.

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Hassenfeld humanizes the hysterical

September 13, 2009 Comments are Disabled

At the heart of the David Winton Bell Gallery exhibit “Kirsten Hassenfeld: Recent Sculpture” is a massive installation called “Dans la Lune.”

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Providence arts, on a budget

September 11, 2009 Comments are Disabled

But Providence’s quirky, proudly do-it-yourself arts world is truly unmissable. And it’s possible to see it all without spending a fortune.

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RISD museum to close for August; layoffs to come

July 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Having seen its endowment shrink by nearly a third, the Rhode Island School of Design is shuttering its renowned museum for the entire month of August.

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‘Harry Potter’ star Watson to go from Hogwarts to College Hill

July 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Emma Watson, the British actress who plays the bookish but valiant Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, has confirmed, after months of speculation and rumor, that she will attend Brown this fall.

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Plenty of art to check out near semester’s end

April 23, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Shakespeare on the Green presents not one, but two plays this semester. Two tragedies go head-to-head for a combined midnight showing Friday night on Lincoln Field.