Critic's Pick: Broadway
composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz is drawn to storytelling. His first
show, Godspell, took parables from
the New Testament and enlivened them with happy, emotional melodies.
As the Aronoff Center for the Arts marks
its 20th anniversary on Oct. 21, it’s generally known as the place to be
for major performances by Broadway touring shows, lectures, comedians,
musical acts and more. But back in the early 1990s, it was a
Some plays become classics because they
last across time — Shakespeare’s plays are still produced after 400
years. That’s what’s usually onstage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare
Company, but they also dig into more recent “classics,” qualified by
elemental stories that burn fiercely.
Anthony Marra’s masterful 2013 debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,
rightly garnered high praise from across the literary landscape for its
graceful prose and its affecting ability to find humanity amid
Usually, when one says a work of art is
“alive,” it’s a figure of speech — the expression typically acknowledges
a natural connection between artist and observer. But next weekend, the
Cincinnati Art Museum will be giving a new meaning to the phrase
Theatre continues its second season under the artistic direction of Andrew
Hungerford with more experimental and adventurous fare, producing new works and
connecting with new collaborative partners.
Bruce Willis’ Marauders is just the
latest in a string of Hollywood productions to film in the Queen City.
Plenty of movies have been filmed here in the past (Rain Man, anyone?), but it’s never been with this frequency, even for movies that take place here.
Between 1982 and 2015, Americans’
attitudes about sex evolved. For evidence, check out two plays in
production locally: Laura Eason’s contemporary Sex with Strangers at the Cincinnati Playhouse on its Shelterhouse stage and William Mastrosimone’s 1980s drama Extremities at Incline Theater.
For those wondering what James Crump — the
former Cincinnati Art Museum chief curator and photography curator —
has been doing since he resigned in 2013, the answer is being presented
this week in both Los Angeles and New York.
Theater programs at our universities in
Greater Cincinnati often produce shows that not only offer educational
opportunities for students, but also expose us to works we have lost
track of or missed. David Edgar’s Pentecost is such a work, and
it accomplishes what Richard Hess likes to do — challenge audiences.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra rules
when it comes to mashing up live music with images. But this week, the
orchestra takes on a more formidable challenge: performing Arnold
Schoenberg’s symphonic tone poem Pelléas und Mélisande with
visual accompaniment of projections and video created by innovative
young director, production designer and visual artist James Darrah.
There are a lot of ways to stay on top of
what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts
and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a
comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been
an elusive dream. Not
A curious exercise in “found art” is occurring now through Oct. 15 at Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. It’s called The Goodwill Biennial 2015 and, while it has insights and pleasures, the results aren’t consistently as hoped for.