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Play by Play

For 40 years, Louisville’s Humana Festival has been showcasing new works for American theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Doing anything for 40 consecutive years is a noteworthy feat, especially when that “thing” is producing new plays.
  

Strong Women: For Better or Worse

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It’s not so rare today to see a play with a woman as its focal character. Two current Cincinnati productions define opposite ends of the spectrum of admirable and despicable characters.  

Bring on the Night

Welcome to Night Vale brings its quirky storytelling to the stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Set in the fictional Southwestern desert town of Night Vale, the podcast is presented as a radio show complete with news, weather, advertisements and updates on local events and happenings.  

Unexpected Visits and Confrontations

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Husbands, wives and children are key elements in two provocative productions currently on Cincinnati stages, as are unexpected visits and the resulting confrontations.   

Greg Behrendt: Still into You

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Though he still considers himself a stand-up comedian by trade, Greg Behrendt is probably best known as the co-author, along with Liz Tuccillo, of the book He’s Just Not That Into You.   

Ensemble Theatre: The Dangerous Ascent of 'Annapurna'

0 Comments · Monday, March 28, 2016
Critic’s Pick: Annapurna is the story of a onetime cowboy/poet/college professor named Ulysses (Dennis Parlato) and his long-ago wife Emma (Regina Pugh).  

'Mothers and Sons': A Collision of Generations and Attitudes

0 Comments · Monday, March 28, 2016
Playwright Terrence McNally has written a lot of plays. When Mothers and Sons, his 2014 drama currently onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse, debuted in 2014, it was his 20th Broadway show and his 50th year on Broadway.  

Parents, Children and the Ways of the World

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Because we all have parents and many of us have children, plays about adults’ impact on their offspring typically resonate with audiences. The results can be for better or for worse, as evidenced by two plays currently on Cincinnati stages.  

John Dunsworth Takes ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Mobile

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Dunsworth's Jim Lahey is one of the most iconic characters in Trailer Park Boys, which deftly maneuvers between film, television and stage. Randy & Mr. Lahey LIVE stops in Cincinnati with a sold-out performance Wednesday at the Woodward Theater.  

To Kill a Mockingbird (Review)

Creative adaptation at Cincinnati Playhouse is a lesson for our time

0 Comments · Sunday, March 13, 2016
I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen the story told in quite the way Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist Eric Ting has shaped this adaptation, using a script adapted by Christopher Sergel.  

Exercises in Civics and Desperation

0 Comments · Monday, March 7, 2016
Fringe shows have a way of sneaking up on you with profound messages when you least expect them. That’s exactly what happens with Beertown, currently onstage at Know Theatre.   

The Times of Their Lives

CCM presents Green Day Rock opera American Idiot

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The stage production of American Idiot expands on the album, focusing on Johnny, Will and Tunny, who yearn to flee their arid suburban existence.  

A Witty Dose of Jane Austen at Cincy Shakes

0 Comments · Monday, February 29, 2016
Jane Austen. Her name spells theater magic in the 21st century. Stage an adaptation of one of her early 19th-century novels, and you will fill theater seats. Beyond Shakespeare, Austen is, in fact, surely the most widely recognized figure in English literature   

Vive les Femmes!

Gunderson's 'The Revolutionists' is a show to be reckoned with

0 Comments · Friday, February 12, 2016
I’ve complimented the Cincinnati Playhouse’s Blake Robison for his efforts this season to feature female playwrights. (Half of the shows he chose for 2015-2016 are by women.)   

The Courage to Ask, ‘What If?’

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If/Then traces a pair of divergent paths for Elizabeth, a city planner who returns to New York after a painful divorce. When her future is hijacked by fate — epitomized by two very different friends — her life splits into two parallel outcomes.