It’s appropriate that Project Obscura at
Northside’s Prairie Gallery opened before FotoFocus officially kicks
off Oct. 5. After all, the camera obscura (Latin for “dark chamber”) led
to the modern camera.
is about the importance of tolerance and understanding, something not
achieved in these circumstances but that seems possible eventually.
Those sparks of hope have made this a meaningful tale for a
half-century, and CSC has brought the story to life.
Tennessee Williams was a brilliant American playwright, but his works are not easy going for people seeking pleasant
entertainment. Cat is not an
easy piece of theater: There’s not a likable character in this tale of a
greedy, selfish family.
The Capitol Steps are on their way to
Cincinnati, and they’ll stop at nothing to get audience members laughing
as this grueling election year surges forward. The Steps are a group of Capitol Hill
staffers turned political satirists, and no party is safe from ridicule
when these performers take the stage.
What makes Bruce Cromer one of our
region’s best actors? He’s especially good at virtuous characters such
as Atticus Finch, the admirable, broadminded attorney in To Kill a Mockingbird, a role he’s currently playing for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC).
The interplay between characters in Good People
is full of believable truth, and ETC director D. Lynn Meyers excels in
staging such material. It’s a total package that feels good
and real from start to finish.
I first met Matthew Shelton in the bottom of a swimming pool. It was a program in which musicians performed on the floor of the empty Ziegler Pool in
Over-the-Rhine. Shelton, with his deep resonant voice and wry, smart
songs, made an immediate impression playing guitar in the pool’s deep
end. He towered above — or, rather, below — his surroundings.
Rail trips are sobering in this way and
accommodations — both coach and first class — that seem spacious in
daylight can feel like hard little boxes at night. There’s a curious mix
of comfort and discomfort that comes along for the ride.
As its name suggests, Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series prides itself on moving dance forward. You can count on the company’s annual season opener to be modern-slanted, edgy even. But for the first time, all of the choreographers on the New Works bill are women.
The young women photographed in Another Me: Transformations from Pain to Powerhave
all been victims of kidnapping or outright sale of themselves into sex
slavery. One is as young as 8 years old, none are more than 22. Rescued
and placed in the Sanlaap Shelter in Kolkata, they found returning to a
self they had lost hard going.
NOM is a unique event in that it serves
multiple purposes for late-night visitors — it’s a great place for bar
hoppers to stop for some munchies and music, or to keep up the pace
after the bars close. But it’s also a fun, booze-free alternative for