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Black and White

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
What makes a play a classic? Cincinnati Shakespeare Company specializes in such works: The downtown company just presented a revival of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus and found itself with a string of sold-out performances. Their approach was to re-create a great script, very faithful to the original with solid acting in every role.  

Still Afloat

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Say the words “show boat” to American theater lovers and most will think of Jerome Kern’s classic 1927 musical, cited by many as the first modern work of musical theater.   

Award-Winning CEA History

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The recipients of the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards will be announced on Sunday evening. A record number of votes were cast this year, with close to 3,000 people indicating their preferences in 12 publicly voted categories.  

It Came from Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Once in a while it's fun to look back at theater productions from Cincinnati that have had subsequent life in theaters elsewhere.  

Bursting Forth in Summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Just like the economy, Cincinnati's theater scene runs in cycles. Ten years ago, summer was full of theater choices: UC's College-Conservatory of Music entertained us with new or seldom-seen shows at Hot Summer Nights and the Cincinnati Playhouse offered interesting fare. Those series dried up for budgetary reasons about five years ago, but suddenly summer theater has burst forth again. Last weekend, we had four new productions to choose from in addition to New Stage Collective's "Jerry Springer: The Opera," which opened in late June, and Commonwealth Theatre Company at NKU, where a dinner-theater production of "Forever Plaid" wraps up on Sunday. Know Theatre Tribe Know Theatre of  

Recognizing Good Theater With the CEAs

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
On June 25, nominees for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards were announced. The 20 categories include nearly 100 nominees (20 percent more than in past years) since the decision was made to expand from four to five nominees per category.  

Good Theater Is Good Theater

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
One of the reasons Cincinnati has a fine local theater scene is because of our strong community theaters across the Tristate.   

Tying Up the Fringe

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
After 12 days of theatergoing during the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, I need some rest. I managed to see about half the 37 productions. But I edited reviews of each one (check CityBeat's spec  

Show Up

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
In case you need another heads-up about the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, I urge you to drop in between now and June 7 to see theater that's beyond the mainstream. Last week, CityBeat provided an o  

Sounding Off

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
One e-mail from an angry theater fan declared, "I am done going to the Aronoff." Another wrote, "The worst theater for sound, by the way, is Gallagher Hall at Xavier. It's impossible, and I have vow  

Can You Hear Me Now?

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Monday, May 5, 2008
I'm a Baby Boomer on the threshold of a birthday, so when I fuss about having trouble hearing in a theater, I wonder if I'm suffering from too many years of loud Rock music or perhaps just too   

The Final Word

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I've belonged to the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) for about a decade. Our logo uses an image of a haughty fellow, drawn by 19th-century French caricaturist Honoré Daumier. Pe  

Plays That Last: Highlights from the 2008 Humana Festival in Louisville

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
In a four-day stretch I recently saw plays by 18 writers, beginning with Melanie Marnich's new script A Sleeping Country at the Cincinnati Playhouse on March 27 and wrapping up with King Lear at  

Playhouse announces new season, Ed Stern's 17th chance to offer 'something for everyone'

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Monday, March 24, 2008
So you go to a theater for a show. Ever wonder how that show came to that theater? Or how a whole season of shows is selected for a particular theater? It's a juggling act, especially for a large theater like the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, which announced its 2008-09 season last weekend.  

Dramatic Expansion at ETC

Theaters, Actors, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2008
For more than two decades, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) has suffered with a tough location in Over-the-Rhine at 1127 Vine St. During the 2001 riots, incited by the shooting of Timothy Thom