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The Future of American Theater: a Report From Louisville

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I spent last weekend in Kentucky at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville watching a half-dozen brand new works. The festival is an invigorating whirl of creativity, conviviality and engaging performances.  

The Cuckoo Clock Might Need Some Fine Tuning

0 Comments · Monday, April 13, 2015
When you hear the name Steve Martin, you surely think of a funny guy — "wild and crazy," in fact — both as an actor and a comedian. But he's also a playwright, and you have the opportunity to see one of his most amusing works at the Carnegie where The Underpants is onstage through April 26.  

The Art of Beer

Murals showcase past and present Cincinnati brews

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2015
While live music has always mixed well with alcohol, visual bar art in Cincinnati is starting to stretch beyond portraits of dogs playing poker and glowing beer signs.    

Warhol's Baseball Art Is a Hit at CAM

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Turns out Pete Rose wasn’t the only baseball player that artist Andy Warhol ever depicted. He wasn’t even the only Red. Tom Seaver came first — but accidentally.  

MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra Fosters Development Through Social Change

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Rehearsal for MYCincinnati, a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill, begins as Eddy Kwon, assistant program director, leads the Ambassador Ensemble, a string sextet of young musicians, in their practice.
  

A Jolly Romp Through a Problem Play

0 Comments · Monday, April 6, 2015
If you’ve ever seen The Taming of the Shrew, you might remember it as the tale of an ill-tempered woman brought into line by an abusive, gold-digging suitor. In  

Long Live the King

Julie Taymor transformed a cartoon into a blockbuster stage production

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Lion King began as a popular Disney animated feature film in 1994, but back then no one imagined that it would become a worldwide blockbuster stage production.  

Kiss Me, Kate

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
When I was a high school senior and the teacher who staged the school plays — her name was Mary Price — picked Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, there was a lot of moaning and groaning. Why do we have to perform in some dusty old play from centuries earlier?  

Regional Artists Explore the Boundaries of Landscapes in 'Now Here'

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Matt Distel’s smartly curated exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes, is a broad sampling of more than 20 regional artists who mine personal and universal landscapes to present hypothetical meditations on locations of space and time. 
  

Going Underground with Jim DeBrosse

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Veteran newspaper reporter Jim DeBrosse’s Hidden City, set in, around and below the streets of Cincinnati, is a tour de force mystery thriller that also addresses many of the city’s social and political problems.  

'Buzzer' Is More About People Than Place

0 Comments · Monday, March 30, 2015
Tracey Scott Wilson is a playwright unafraid of the prickly issues of contemporary life. In Buzzer at the Cincinnati Playhouse, she tells a story that could be set in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine. (It’s actually in New York City.)   

Heartbreak at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, March 30, 2015
When I was a teenager, I devoured comic books ... I haven’t spent much time with those stories or characters for years, but Know Theatre’s production of Hearts Like Fists took me back to the days of two-dimensional characters, clear delineation between good and evil and lots of slam-bam action.
  

Confounding Conversations

Tracey Scott Wilson's plays keep people talking about race in America

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tracey Scott Wilson, whose recent play Buzzer opens this week at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (it’s onstage through April 19), once said in an interview, “The biggest issue we have in this country is race, and it’s an issue that Americans don’t talk about much.   

New Art Movie Predicts Moon Tourism's Future

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
It’s not unusual for visual artists to choose film/video as a medium — Ragnar Kjartansson’s A Lot of Sorrow recently showed here and several videos were part of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Eyes on the Street exhibit.  

Detroit '67 (Review)

The fires of 'Detroit '67' are still burning

0 Comments · Friday, March 20, 2015
In late July 1967 more than 10,000 citizens of Detroit rioted. Police had raided a blind pig — an unauthorized after-hours hangout very much like the one Chelle and Lank have established in their family’s basement — where more than 80 patrons, all African-American, had gathered to celebrate the return of a Vietnam veteran.