With this week’s announcements of the 2014-15 seasons
for touring shows presented by Broadway in Cincinnati and by Cincinnati
Landmark Productions at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, you
have more than a dozen choices to consider.
Architectural buffs, by and large, have
only good words to say about the 16th century Italian architect Andrea
Palladio. His influence can perhaps be seen in your own neighborhood,
especially if you live in Indian Hill, Hyde Park or the choicer places
on the West Side...
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.
On a cold Friday night, Untethered Theatre opened Samuel Brett Williams’ Revelation
to a packed and receptive house in the Clifton Performance Theatre
(CPT), a home they share with Clifton Players. It’s an amazement to see
how both companies use this tiny space innovatively.
Bruce Norris’ award-winning Clybourne Park (Tony,
Olivier and Pulitzer Prize) employs clever writing and vivid characters
to aim squarely at issues such as racism and intolerance that we might
think we have moved beyond.
Know Theatre is presently staging Steve Yockey’s new play Pluto,
the second of four “rolling world premieres.” The work is not easy to
describe, to watch or to like. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing —
but it’s challenging.
In the world of chamber music,
Beethoven’s 17 string quartets are the ultimate summit. Composed over a
span of more than two-and-a-half decades, Beethoven created masterpieces
of astonishing beauty and complexity that never fail to engage
Cincinnati needs people like Joi Sears. The twentysomething actor/activist moved
back to her hometown, Cincinnati, about a year ago after spending nearly
a decade in New York and months — if not years, collectively —
Overall, I really enjoyed the Cincinnati
Art Museum under Aaron Betsky, the director who announced his
resignation Jan. 2 and will stay until a replacement is found. But there
were a couple weaknesses that ought to be addressed by a successor,
with the support of the trustees.
Rhett Harkins, general manager of Price
Hill’s BLOC Coffee Company, plummeted 60 feet from a cliff while hiking
Haystack Rock in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge on Dec. 14. The injuries he
sustained included a broken ankle, femur, hand and shoulder, along with a