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Games of Life and Learning: 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Wendy Goldberg knows her way around new plays. After two decades of staging them, mostly in Chicago, she moved to Connecticut to lead the O’Neill Theatre Center...  

Christopher Durang's Chekhovian Blender

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Christopher Durang got an early start as a playwright. “When I was 8,” he told The Juilliard Journal (he teaches playwriting at the Juilliard School), “I announced to my mother I was going to write a play. It was my own two-page version of an I Love Lucy episode...  

The Future of American Theater: a Report From Louisville

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I spent last weekend in Kentucky at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville watching a half-dozen brand new works. The festival is an invigorating whirl of creativity, conviviality and engaging performances.  

Kiss Me, Kate

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
When I was a high school senior and the teacher who staged the school plays — her name was Mary Price — picked Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, there was a lot of moaning and groaning. Why do we have to perform in some dusty old play from centuries earlier?  

Stage or Screen?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I had a conversation recently with someone who loves going to the movies but seldom heads to the theater. She asked why she should consider changing her habits.  

Just Think About It: Tom McElfresh, 1935-2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
At a CityBeat party 10 years ago an acquaintance pulled me aside and asked earnestly, “When you write a harsh review of a play, do you use a different byline? Is it Tom McElfresh?”   

Juicy Words and Family Feuds in a Tight Space

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Director Buz Davis recently gave me a tour of the set he designed for August: Osage County, the show he’s directing at Clifton Performance Theatre.   

Playwriting “Like a Girl”

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
In a “Curtain Call” column last August, I pointed out the scarcity of plays by women staged locally. But I neglected to mention one of the most important writers of the late 20th century: Wendy Wasserstein.  

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Adaptation Warns Against Complacency

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Joe Stollenwerk lives in Bloomington, Ind., where he’s pursuing a doctorate in theater at Indiana University.  

A Theater for You?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Did you resolve to see more theater in 2015? If so, where to start?  

Theaters Offer Holiday Spirit and More

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Catching one of the numerous holiday shows on area stages is a tried and true aspect of celebrating the season.   

No Time for Humbug: A Dickens of a Christmas Story

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”  

What’s New Onstage? What’s Popular?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Cincinnati has a theater scene that’s surprisingly sophisticated for a city this size.  

Ooh La La! Diane Lala Keeps Performers Moving at CCM

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
With a name like Diane Lala, she was apparently destined for a career in musical theater.  

A Poet (and an Actor) Explore the Nature of War: You See?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Bruce Cromer’s performance as The Poet in An Iliad is no easy task. He’s playing a world-weary soul, sick of repeating tales of devastation and death.