Over the Rhine, the bluesy, jazzy, folksy
band headed by blonde chanteuse Karin Bergquist and real-life partner
Linford Detweiler, named after Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine
neighborhood where they once lived, this weekend will perform live with
Cincinnati Ballet dancers in the closing series of the company’s 50th
Art Museums, like any other civic institution, participate in lots of special “days” and other catchy events to get visitors. But Slow Art Day, which occurred April
12, was such a good idea — at least at Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM),
where I participated — that it should be instituted on a regular basis.
If you’ve gone to an elementary school in
Cincinnati anytime between the ’80s and now, chances are you remember a
Madcap Puppets performance. Giant puppets, music and acting have
brought Madcap performances to life since 1981, teaching children the
fundamentals of puppetry and theater.
Directed by Greg Procaccino, Other People’s Money is
both thoughtful and funny. While we understand that the corporate
raiders of the 1980s decimated entire communities, it feels more like a
nostalgic and wistful take on gentler times.
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”)...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.