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Gypsy (Review)

Covedale production could use a bit more nasty

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Gypsy, a great musical from 1959, has a score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a script by Arthur Laurents. It’s the true story of burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee (she preferred the label “ecdysiast”)...  

Garden Karma

Grow It Forward Gardens promotes healthy food access and community engagement

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
For garden visionary Chris Smyth, sustainability coordinator of neighborhood nonprofit Price Hill Will (PHW), an empty yard is more than a patch of dirt. It’s a blank canvas.  

The Formula at Covington's Carnegie Is Working

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
You won’t find cutting-edge material onstage at the Carnegie. The theater’s managing director Joshua Steele has mastered two elements: He collaborates with a wide array of local theater artists and companies, and he produces works that are, by and large, familiar fare.  

China's Last Emperors Wore Some Cool Threads

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Have you seen the emperor’s old clothes at the Taft Museum of Art? With apologies to Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale of vanity, the naked truth remains that we’re judged by our dress.  

Growing Up

Louisville’s annual theater festival features imaginative new plays

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays, presented annually by Actors Theatre of Louisville, came to its tumultuous conclusion last weekend, capping off ATL’s 50th anniversary season...  

Fascinating Cultural Critic Visits UC for a Radical Confab

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I came across the Slovenian theorist/writer Slavoj Žižek in the recent movie The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, in which he passionately used scenes from Hollywood movies to spotlight his observations about the humanist struggle...  

The Twentieth-Century Way (Review)

Know Theatre regional premiere entertains, transports and transforms

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
When house lights dim and a play begins, every theatergoer prays to witness something that entertains, transports and, in the best cases, transforms...Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth-Century Way, receiving its regional premiere at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, does just that. 
  

Cincy Sundaes Provides Platform for Community Development

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Kristine Frech and Erika Fiola are looking for ideas. Good ones. And they have ice cream. Frech and Fiola created Cincy Sundaes, a collaborative opportunity that provides a space for locals to hear or pitch ideas that benefit the city.
  

Exit Laughing

University of Cincinnati graduate student Omer Ben-Seadia directs 'Don Pasquale' at CCM

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Don Pasquale is Omer Ben-Seadia’s final production for CCM and a fitting conclusion to her CCM career, according to Robin Guarino, J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera.
  

Plays and Musicals: What's the Difference?

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
As CityBeat’s theater critic, I write about plays and musicals, so I’m occasionally asked which I like better. The truth is I appreciate both forms. But they are distinct, so let me hold forth on some differences and similarities.  

Thrifting of Champions, or Hello Blue Novel

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Bethany Atchison did not expect to find anything besides a compelling satire between the covers of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions when she recently bought the book at the Valley Thrift Store in Evendale.
  

Women Artists Collaborate on Book-Making

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
A new exhibition of art books by a local group of female artists, Art4Artists, joyously fills the galleries at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The exhibit, titled WomenWorkBooks, is meant to serve as a springboard for discussion on a wide range of women’s issues.   

Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Review)

Cincy Shakes' testosterone-laden production is full of boys and a lot of noise.

1 Comment · Monday, March 31, 2014
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, nearly finished with the immense task of staging all 38 of Shakespeare’s surviving plays over its 20-year history, has launched another noteworthy effort.  

A Delicate Ship (Review)

Playhouse world premiere brings another excellent new play and writer to Cincinnati audiences

0 Comments · Friday, March 28, 2014
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park hit a home run with its world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship on the Shelterhouse stage.  

Ethereal Experimentation

Upcoming Weston exhibits feature two bold approaches to photography

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
While Anita Douthat and Charles Woodman both create photography-based or light-based art, their approaches are dramatically different. So, too, is their work — except for a common denominator.