PW presents: Bunny Bunny, Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy

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If you love Saturday Night Live, clowns, or faked orgasms, then Bunny Bunny, Gilda Radner is the show for you. Director Jenn Maley ’16 aims to make audience members laugh and cry with a script that pulls you deeper and deeper into an original world of SNL actors and writers. Filled with a cast of gag and character clowns, Bunny Bunny explores the relationship between SNL member Gilda Radner and narrator Alan Zweibel.

Years after their relationship, Zweibel, played by Marty Strauss ’16, reflects on his sometimes-friendship-sometimes-romance with Gilda. With limited narration from Strauss and tons of help from character clowns Sabrina Imbler ’16 and Marli Scharlin ’16, the play leads us through the ups and downs of a long friendship. The audience is taken on a journey from the moment the two meet in a waiting room, to their final moments together before Gilda dies from ovarian cancer. Though the story deceptively presents itself as a romantic comedy, it soon reveals its true self as a serious tale of companionship, trust, and dependence. Though the two never end up together in a romantic sense, the friendship they build guides them through both of their toughest times.

Natalie McDonald’15 plays the loud and spunky Gilda Radner whose effect on the life of Alan Zweibel inspires Bunny Bunny. McDonald expertly manages to perform the growth of her character, transitioning from a somewhat-carefree jokester to a grown woman with more wisdom and experience in the trials of life. Together, Strauss and McDonald make for a charismatic duo – Strauss charming us with his wry commentary and McDonald captivating us with her whimsical magnetism. A cast of clowns, which includes Brad Weekes ’17 and CJ Risman ’17, step in to fill in any missing pieces of the emotional and honest tale of the friendship between Zweibel and Radner.

The set of Bunny Bunny also adds to its charm. What at first appears to be the backstage set of a television studio later transitions into characters’ apartment buildings or even the greenery of Central Park. The various props displayed around the set, along with the number of wigs and costumes worn by the clowns, contribute to the overall playful aesthetic of the show. Though Bunny Bunny is by nature a boisterous comedy, the fluidity of the theater space allows it to become a home for quiet and intimate moments as well.

If you take anything away from Bunny Bunny, it is that comedy can sometimes be the best anecdote to tragedy. With a hard-hitting second act, audiences are forced to ask how one keeps hold onto their joy when the world crashes down on them. Through good spirits and the loyalty of friends, McDonald’s Gilda seems to grasp onto her happiness right until the end. The world Maley presents with Bunny Bunny, Gilda Radner relies on its characters’ resilient optimism and will to live, and yes, along the way there are some pretty funny jokes.

Bunny Bunny runs through May 24th. Tickets are available here or at the PW box office an hour before each performance. 

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Last Call: Haruko Hashimoto

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2014 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chains here.

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as… the girl who wears Pokemon t-shirts (a prospie once identified me like that). Or cat lady.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… that one time a professor said an underclassman looked up to me.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… in my room alone and ugly crying over anime about high school cycling/baseball teams because they’re working so hard. Alternatively, sitting around with friends and reading horoscopes.

The best class/professor at Brown is… I’m biased in picking these, but there aren’t enough Asian/Asian-American cultural studies type classes hyped about on this campus, so take this amazing class: “Asian Americans in Higher Education” with Professor Liza Cariaga-Lo.  She drops so much knowledge you’ve probably never known, and has the truest heart, so it’s a real learning experience for anyone, from any background.

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BREAKING: New Provost selected

docpkg-1President Paxson just announced that Vicki Leigh Colvin, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (wow, that’s a lot) at Rice University, will become Brown’s 12th Provost on July 1st.

In an email to the Brown community, Paxson called Professor Colvin “particularly well-prepared to assume the role of provost at this important juncture in the University’s history.” She replaces current Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, who will become President of the University of Michigan.

Here’s a very succinct description of Colvin’s new job from President Paxson:

The provost is the University’s chief academic officer and is a leader and critical partner in advancing the University’s strategic agenda. Many of the University’s senior positions report directly to the provost, including the deans of the College, Graduate School, and faculty; the University librarian; dean of admission; director of financial aid; vice president for research; and chief information officer. The provost chairs a number of committees designed to establish and propel University priorities, including the University Resources Committee and the Academic Priorities Committee. The provost serves as the senior officer in charge of the University in the absence of the president.

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Senior Send-off: Finding happiness at the happiest school on Earth

Then + Now

Then + Now

People might know me as: “Merbz,” The Best Mom of the Class of 2014, proud history nerd, or the former Editor-in-Chief of BlogDailyHerald.

…well, at least that’s what people would say at this particular moment in time. My time at Brown hasn’t been characterized by a single or static set of experiences; it’s been a journey of self-discovery, trial-and-error, and exploration.

My friends and I have been thinking and talking a lot about happiness lately. We’ve been actively reflective about how much we’ve changed in these formative four years, and how different we feel from the earlier versions of ourselves who walked through the Gates back in September 2010. As Commencement Weekend creeps closer, I’ve noticed how my sadness about graduating manifests itself in my final days at Brown: trips on trips to (and drinks on drinks at) the GCB, hugs and snuggle sessions, and an active effort not to take any part of Brown for granted. Although it may seem like sadness is the inverse of happiness, this isn’t necessarily so; they are vastly different emotions, but our sadness about leaving this place goes hand in hand with the happiness many of us have developed throughout our time here. As we change contexts and transition from an insulated college campus to the slightly more terrifying “real world,” this sadness and nostalgia for Brown is essentially our happiness in a different form. In other words, it’s an indication that we’ve done as much as we possibly could to make the most of our four years. But happiness isn’t necessarily that simple.

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People never know how to respond when I tell them that I was once on Brown’s Varsity Softball team.

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Last Call: Lucy Fernandez

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2014 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chains here.

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Then + Now

People might know me as… a rugby player, coffee lover, giggler, and Classics and Art History concentrator with an affinity for Seneca and Klimt.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… leading the women’s rugby team to obtaining varsity status.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… To be honest, I spent many Friday nights binge-watching The West Wing instead of writing my thesis #noshame.

The best class/professor at Brown is… An incredibly tough question. Rebecca Molholt is the best lecturer. Lisa Mignone is the best unofficial advisor and Joe Pucci the best official advisor (both Classics gods). Shiva Balaghi is a rock star of contemporary art of the Middle East and the best tweeter. Dietrich Neumann is the most charming and could make anyone fall in love with contemporary architecture.

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Meet Mama Duck: Emily Wilkins ’14.5

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In case you’ve been living under a rock that doesn’t have Internet access or anything that brings happiness, you probably have heard that the roped off piece of Scili Desert was in fact housing a duck and her eleven baby ducklings (see above for cuteness overload). You also might have happened upon a Facebook page purportedly run by the Scili Duck herself. It has over 2,200 likes, and its updates have been quite something:

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The Scili Duck Facebook page — along with its subjects — has been a welcome respite from a tough finals period. The page and BlogDailyHerald has had some online interaction in the days leading up to the ducklings’ birth, and we wanted to discover which social media genius was behind it.

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