“It’s going well,” says comedian Jackie
Kashian of her career. “Everyone seems to be pointed in a Jackie Kashian
direction, which I am pleased about.” Earlier this year, the Milwaukee native released a DVD and CD titled This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, to rave reviews.
It was 35 years ago when I first heard
about a new Broadway musical, the story of a Victorian serial murderer whose
victims were ground up for meat pies. My first reaction to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was disbelief.
The narrowing eyes glance sideways across the room and seem to ask, “What are you
looking at?” At the same time, they draw you into the small Sinton
Gallery at the Taft Museum of Art. Inside, other young black males meet
your gaze from every direction.
The strange ways we remember Elvis Presley are best
summed up by the lyrics of the late Warren Zevon’s “Jesus Mentioned,” in
which he imagines traveling to Memphis to see the dead King: “He went
walking on the water … with his pills.”
Sixty years ago visionary producer Joseph Papp dreamed up
the idea of Shakespeare in the Park. It’s become an institution in
Central Park in New York City and, since 1954, dozens of other locales
have repeated the concept across the United States and beyond.
A yeti is rumored to be a large human-bear creature that
creeps around the bottom of mountain slopes gobbling up slow skiers. Is
it reality or a myth? No one knows, and, frankly, its authenticity is
overshadowed by its purpose to humanity. The hunt for a yeti unites us
and brings friend and foe together through a pursuit of mystery and
Later this week more than 100 high school
drama teachers will converge in Cincinnati. That might sound like a lot
of theater geeks in one place at the historic Hilton Cincinnati
Netherland Plaza downtown, but according to the people organizing this
get-together, the very future of our nation might be at stake. OK, maybe
that’s a bit of an overstatement.
You read that headline correctly. The
outside-the-box thinkers at Know Theatre, the offbeat company that
presents the Fringe Festival every June and other mind-expanding
performances year-round, has a new idea. Led by new artistic director
Andrew Hungerford, this initiative is called “The Welcome Experiment.”
“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier.
Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying
black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names,
others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael
Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.
Wearing a Mister Rogers T-shirt with the
words “never forget” emblazoned across it, Terrence Burke studies a
newspaper while drinking an iced coffee at Northside’s Sidewinder
Coffee. The clothing choice is pretty indicative of Burke. In 2010,
Burke founded the zany puppet troupe Wump Mucket Puppets, creating and
performing with his original cast of characters, colorful in both
personality and hue.
I’ve had a difficult time trying to write about Buildering: Misbehaving the City,
the first show at Contemporary Arts Center that its curator, Steven
Matijcio, has put together since arriving here last year from North
Carolina. And now it is nearing its end — it closes Aug. 18.
In 2014 it requires equal amounts of
energy, will and naïvety to single-handedly start a theater. But that’s
what 22-year-old John Leo Muething is up to with Cincinnati’s newest
company, Stone on a Walk. He seems to have all those elements readily at
hand, as well as a supportive network of friends and family.