A group of Covington denizens
known as The Awesome Collective of Covington preceded the "Kentucky Kicks Ass" slogan
campaign when they came up with their own strategy to let people know
how remarkable their peculiar town of 40,000 people truly is.
This dense, provocative script is a challenging work, but director
Brian Isaac Phillips has staged it beautifully with nine excellent actors who are
breathtakingly powerful in a complex tale that spans 80 years and four generations of two intricately interwoven families.
Domino 02: Aqua, an exhibition at
Covington’s Artisans Enterprise Center (AEC), features an “international
collaboration” by 12 artists, each one creating a painting on half of
two canvases, which are then distributed to another artist to finish the
Playwright Deborah Laufer loves to tell stories. “I think what theater does,” she told CityBeat
recently, “is bring people together to contemplate what it means to be
human at this point in time. It’s a place to ask all the big questions..."
I loathe clockwatching — or so I thought, until I saw three hours worth of Christian Marclay’s amazing The Clock,
a 24-hour art installation/video collage at Columbus’ Wexner Center for
the Arts, on the Ohio State University campus through April 7.
The camera is a curious instrument. Its
purposes run from mundane to exotic and include a sweeping range
between, but the odd thing is that the operator of the instrument is
reflected whatever the purpose may be.
Do you know when you go to a dance
concert — or any formal performance — and they ask you to turn off your
phones? Well, that won’t be happening when ZviDance performs Zoom
at the Aronoff Center this weekend
In 1960, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe followed their 1956 megahit My Fair Lady with the musical Camelot.
Its arrival on Broadway coincided with the election of John Kennedy,
and many people extended the vision of a “magical kingdom” to his
ascendance as America’s charismatic 35th president.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s world premiere play, Abigail/1702, is the Mount Adams theater’s 66th premiere, and a
positive sign that new artistic director Blake Robison will continue the
company’s long tradition of fostering new theatrical works and emerging writers.
When Ravi Shankar died last month at age
92, Jim Tarbell’s thoughts turned to when he brought the great Indian
classical musician to the historic — and endangered — St. Paul Church in
the Pendleton District.
Pages of History: 80 Years at the Taft was on view Aug. 10-Jan. 6, and I saw it on the last day. I found it so fascinating — and such a role model for a show about a cultural institution — that it’s worth discussing even though it’s over.
Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical, is loosely based
on the story of a white disc jockey who crossed the color line and
played black music on the radio in the racially divided Tennessee city, and it’s a story worth witnessing.