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Ghost: The Musical (Review)

Musical based on film has more flash than heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Producers of musical theater are always on the prowl for material that already has some emotional traction and romantic tales that were films when today’s audiences were young and in love are ripe for conversion into theatrical works. It’s possible to do this with some success, but I’m afraid that the folks who’ve translated the film into Ghost: The Musical didn’t have enough faith in the story.  

Carrie: The Musical (Review)

1 Comment · Monday, September 23, 2013
It takes a brave theater company to stage Carrie: The Musical. Since 1988 when it lasted for just five nights on Broadway and lost its $8 million investment, it’s been ridiculed nearly as much as its beleaguered central character.  

Bus Stop (Review)

A bus stop worth stopping for

0 Comments · Friday, September 20, 2013
Set in a small-town Kansas diner where passengers on bus must wait out a blizzard overnight with a few friendly locals, the show is a tale of love vs. loneliness and staying vs. going.
  

Inspire, Equip, Expose

Local artists join forces to connect local products to local people

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The past decade’s zeitgeist in Over-the-Rhine, especially on Main Street, has produced a slew of new and engaging businesses aimed at fostering a renewed interest in local goods and services catering to a burgeoning influx of young, creative and energetic people.
  

Haunting Tales, Flying High

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Occasionally I like to discuss where plays and musicals come from. We have two interesting examples locally this month: a touring production of Ghost the Musical at the Aronoff and the Cincinnati Playhouse’s regional premiere of Fly, a historical drama presented with imaginative staging.  

Street Artist JR Visits the CAC for His First U.S. Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
JR has been covering the world with his art — and Cincinnati is next. The 30-year-old French street artist has pasted his monumental photographic-portrait posters in some unusual places (and not always with official permission): on the sides of buses in the African nation of Sierra Leone, on the rooftop of a Palestinian building in the West Bank city of Nablus, along the old and weathered city walls of Havana...  

Fly (Review)

Straighten up and fly right

0 Comments · Monday, September 16, 2013
Fly’s story is one that’s important to the evolution of America, and it’s done in this production with such verve and passion that I know audiences will respond.  

Real Talk

Comedy and commentary veteran Bill Maher returns to Cincinnati's stage and HBO's screen

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Bill Maher knows his niche. The king of political comedy, Maher stops by Cincinnati for a stand-up show Sunday just as his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, returns from summer hiatus Friday. Busy with touring and hosting an Emmy-nominated weekly talk show, he won’t be making another documentary like 2008’s Religulous anytime soon.  

Viewing Cincinnati Artists After a Los Angeles Trip

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A recent trip to Los Angeles museums left me exhilarated at the scale and imagination with which major contemporary artists are using non-traditional materials. But the return here, followed by thinking about past and upcoming shows and activities, had me wondering if our younger artists have enough opportunities to ever make a similar impact with their work.  

Cincinnati Native and WWE Star Dean Ambrose Obtains Justice Through Unkind Means

4 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
When Dean Ambrose saunters down the stands of U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday evening for a taping of WWE SmackDown — WWE’s weekly program that airs Fridays on Syfy — he will do so under profoundly different circumstances from a decade back.  

Oliver Twist (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare's remake of a classic generally “well-cured”

1 Comment · Monday, September 9, 2013
 Michael Evan Haney, an associate artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse ably directs Neil Bartlett adaptation of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens’ classic orphan tale. While it features several songs, it’s definitely not the jaunty 1960 musical Oliver!   

Other Desert Cities (Review)

Running hot and cold

1 Comment · Thursday, September 5, 2013
The white-hot heat of a family tearing itself apart, the cold fear of submerged emotions spilling forth — these elements fuel this powerful drama.  

A Cast Of Heroes

Tony Moore and friends save the day by giving Cincinnati the comic con they deserve

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Comic book conventions have exploded in recent years (e.g., the monolithic San Diego Comic-Con) but they’ve also lost touch with what a comic convention should be, forfeiting the artistry of graphic novels to instead concentrate on a tumescent number of celebrity guests.  

Behave Yourself

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As the season kicks off, it’s the perfect moment for a few reminders about theater behavior. Attending a play does not require dressing up or even being concerned about when to applaud (that’s more complicated for symphony-goers). But it’s not the same thing as watching TV at home. After all, you’re out in public, in close proximity to other people who have paid to see live performers.  

Far-Reaching Exhibit 'Vessels' Is More than Just Bowls

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As home to Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a vessel itself, brimming with nearly 100 works representing 57 artists. Co-curator Lynn Conaway saw to it that this wouldn’t be a show of only stoneware pots, which is an easy place to go when the theme is “vessels,” so she asked artists to think outside the bowl.