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Plays for Young Audiences Take Root "Off the Hill"

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
When I mention the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, you likely think of the theater that sits on the hilltop above Mount Adams...But the folks who run the Playhouse know that new audiences must be continuously cultivated, and for that reason, they deliver performances through a program they call “Off the Hill,” which tours shows for young audiences to community arts centers across the Tristate.  

Museum Series Engages Art Lovers Who Have Alzheimer's

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their guests, the family members or others who accompany them.  

In-Demand Local Man Provides Audio Commentary for Movies

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tim Lucas’ long and singular career as a movie critic has taken him down a number of interesting pathways, probably none more curious than his role as an in-demand provider of audio commentary tracks for DVD and Blu-ray releases. The lifelong Cincinnati resident is best known as the editor and co-publisher of Video Watchdog, a meticulously rendered celebration of genre movies that calls itself “the perfectionist’s guide to fantastic video.”   

Flashdance (Review)

Lively choreography spices up an otherwise bland production

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The philosophy picked up by Flashdance: The Musical’s welder/wanna-be-dancer Alex (Jillian Mueller) from her mentor is that trying and falling is better than not trying at all. Its touring production is still trying, including its current stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. And it does have its moments, mostly when the energetic cast is dancing.  

The Crucible (Review)

Collaboration between Cincy Shakes and Xavier is a powerful production of a timeless story

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It was a perfect storm when Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Xavier University decided to collaborate on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.   

Cabaret (Review)

Playhouse production is a provocative modern musical

0 Comments · Friday, October 25, 2013
Despite the jaunty title tune, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s 1966 musical Cabaret is not a happy tale of love or triumph.   

Haunted History

The secrets, scares and sinister stories behind paranormal activity at Cincinnati landmarks

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Dan Smith has been hunting ghosts for 18 years. As the author of multiple Cincinnati-centric paranormal investigation books including the new Ghosts of Bobby Mackey’s Music World, a traveling parascience technology inventor and speaker and the proprietor of the Haunted Cincinnati Tours ghost tour company, Smith laughs when he says that his whole life is based around “paranormal stuff.”
  

Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Is a Grand Experiment

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Grand Rapids, a city of less than 200,000 people in western Michigan, isn’t quite ready to be considered one of the Midwest’s great art centers; Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit’s art museums are not yet in danger of being eclipsed by Grand Rapids. But with its annual ArtPrize — a festival-like art exhibition and competition that occurs in late September and early October — it has come up with a citywide visual-arts event like no other in the way it’s captured the public imagination.  

'Swan Lake' Collaboration Brings Fully Staged Classic to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It’s perhaps the most iconic dance segment in the world-famous 19th-century ballet Swan Lake. It begins in Act II, when enchanted swan maidens, costumed in pristine white tutus, enter a moonlit lakeside scene one by one in what’s often been called the greatest possible accomplishment for a corps de ballet.
  

Dracula (Review)

A gothic treat

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dracula is a fun and well-timed gothic offering for theatergoers of all ages. This is a three-act dramatization from 1927, reduced to two with one intermission.   

Of Mice and Men (Review)

Great acting brings a callous world to life

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men are victims of bigotry and persecution, and life is treated callously. Lennie and George’s friendship, built on familiarity and kindness, is sadly trampled by an uncaring world, quick to judge and destroy. This is a deeply moving production.
  

The Pages Of History

Looking back at 160 years of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
If you wanted to borrow a book from a library in 18th-century America, you might run into some problems. Back then public libraries didn’t exist. Instead, small private libraries served those who were members — mainly upper-class citizens who could afford the annual fees.  

Learning Experiences: Cincy Shakes and Xavier Theater Collaborate

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is partnering with the theater program at Xavier University to stage Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. (Oct. 25- Nov. 3; tickets are $15-$30; 513-745-3939.) This came about because Stephen Skiles, who heads XU’s theater program, is friends with Brian Isaac Phillips, CSC’s artistic director. Skiles was an acting intern at the Cincinnati Playhouse 16 years ago when Phillips was recruited to fill out a cast.  

Nonprofit Produces Children's Songs About Pro-Social Behavior

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
David Kisor and Tom Lottman, a composer and researcher, respectively, work in harmony perpetually crafting a chorus of “strength-based” education for Growing Sound, a division of Children, Inc. that produces children’s songs and music videos to encourage pro-social learning in the early years of childhood.
  

Rapture, Blister, Burn (Review)

Women with issues

0 Comments · Monday, October 14, 2013
The play’s title, a distillation of its evolution of emotion and circumstance, is a lyric from an obscure Rock tune, and it’s an apt précis of the story’s arc. The script could easily have descended into a soap opera-like drama or a silly comedy, but it does not. Gionfriddo is a masterful writer of witty, provocative dialogue, and her characters are painfully real.