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Perfectly Poundstone

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
For a generation of younger fans, Paula Poundstone is most widely known as a panelist on the hit NPR radio program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. For comedy fans of a certain age, she’s a brilliant stand-up that’s been making audiences laugh since the 1980s. A killer joke writer, Poundstone can just as easily find the funny by chatting with an audience.  

'Luna Gale' at ETC: No Heroes, No Villains

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2015
Critic's Pick  In her director’s notes for Ensemble Theatre’s season-opening production of Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale, D. Lynn Meyers writes, “There are no villains here and no heroes, just people who make decisions as best they can.”  

‘Secret Garden’ at Cincinnati Playhouse: Gorgeous But Complicated

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2015
For more than a century, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden has charmed young readers. It’s not what you might expect relative to today’s “young adult” fiction...  

'Motown: The Musical' — Go For the Great Tunes

0 Comments · Thursday, September 10, 2015
Motown: The Musical is one of those shows that gets the moniker of “jukebox,” and this one totally deserves it, since it offers nearly 60 tunes that cover a span of more than 30 years of Pop music.  

Doing It for Love in ‘A Chorus Line’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Let me admit right up front that I’m a total sucker when it comes to A Chorus Line. No matter how many times I’ve seen it (quite a few over the past four decades since it opened on Broadway in 1975), there are still moments that grab at my heartstrings and bring tears to my eyes.   

Kurt Braunohler: The Absurdist

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Comedian Kurt Braunohler has a penchant for the ridiculous. “I think I was always a fan of the absurd,” he says. “I always liked the out-of-place or the non-sequitur. I always think that’s the funniest thing.” However, Braunohler originally had no desire to be an entertainer; instead, he majored in philosophy and English in college.

Incline's '9 to 5' Doesn't Add Up

0 Comments · Thursday, August 20, 2015
Cincinnati Landmark Productions (CLP) has hit a home run with the debut of the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater this summer. As Artistic Director Tim Perrino announces from the stage most evenings, the three-show season will record 45 straight sold-out performances.  

The Carnegie Is Off to a Fresh Start with 'Company'

0 Comments · Thursday, August 20, 2015
It’s an ambitious artistic director who opens her first full theater season with a show by Stephen Sondheim. But Maggie Perrino has show biz in her blood — her father, Tim Perrino, is the force behind Cincinnati Landmark Productions — so she doesn’t do things halfway.   

Packing in Music and Lives at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Critic's Pick: Hundred Days, the first production of Know Theatre’s 18th season, defies categorization. Since Know is a theater company, of course, it’s a play.   

History Made Hysterical

0 Comments · Monday, July 27, 2015
If you need an evening of laughter, you want to be in a seat at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for The Complete History of America (abridged). In fact, if you want to go, you apparently need to get your tickets right away.  

Of Thee I Sing

0 Comments · Monday, July 13, 2015
We all know the basics of how the Declaration of Independence turned out, especially this time of year when we celebrate that historic document on the Fourth of July. But do we really know much about the men who fussed and debated in Philadelphia in 1776 to craft the words that set in motion the course of American history?  

Weaving a Spell(ing Bee) at NKU

0 Comments · Monday, July 13, 2015
Back in February 2005 I was in New York City to see some shows, and at the last moment (on a Saturday afternoon) I was offered the chance to see a new off-Broadway show I hadn’t heard of, The 25t  

'Morning Star' Rising

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday is the long-anticipated opening of Morning Star, Cincinnati Opera’s first world premiere in more than 50 years.   

Crass Behavior and Silly Lewdness Generate Summertime Fun

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
A woman pursued by Francis Henshall says, “I know exactly what he’s after. And if he carries on like this, he’s going to get it.” In Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors, Matthew Lewis Johnson plays Henshall in precisely that manner, behaving manically and getting exactly what this play aims for — unbridled, bawdy humor.   


0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2015
Schlockmeister Max Bialystock (Mike Sherman) and accountant Leo Bloom (Spenser Smith) have the same aspiration. As Bloom sings in an opening number of The Producers, “I wanna be a producer.”