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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.  

Packing in Music and Lives at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, July 27, 2015
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. But the performance is as much an Indie Rock concert as it is a dramatic work.   

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.   

Wanna-Bes

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.”  

Great Choices From the 2015 Cincy Fringe

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Just four more days for the 2015 Cincy Fringe. CityBeat’s review team has been covering each show’s opening, giving Critic’s Picks to “must-see” productions. Here are a half-dozen edited clips, in case you need tips for shows to consider. Find more picks and full reviews of the 40-plus productions at citybeat.com.  

Learning How to Act: Onstage and in Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is a deceptively simple play — on the surface, it’s a comedy about five people enrolled in a community center class about learning how to act.  

Precipitation, Parenting and (Ultimately) Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a kind of cockeyed Irish love story, focusing on two generations, parents at odds with offspring and that younger generation struggling to find their own balance in the world.
  

Pageantry, History and a Few Laughs

0 Comments · Monday, May 11, 2015
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is engaged in an ambitious effort to become only the second theater company in the U.S. to present Shakespeare’s eight history plays in historical order.   

The Real Ron Swanson

Nick Offerman and wife Megan Mullally bring their story- and music-filled relationship show to town

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Nick Offerman is known for two things: starring as the manly Ron Swanson, the anti-government, meat- and breakfast-loving foil to Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and for being married to the lovely Megan Mullally.  

Perhaps Covedale's 'Sound of Music' Could Have Been Better

0 Comments · Monday, May 4, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is a classic show from late in the Golden Age of Broadway musicals, made all the more iconic its 1965 cinematic rendition starring Julie Andrews.   

Durang's Comedy Has a Warm Heart Surrounded by Laughs

0 Comments · Monday, May 4, 2015
Until Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang’s plays haven’t moved me. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed his sarcastic, often cynical works...  

Local Theater Creator Represents True Artistic Freedom

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
He’s easy to miss but not hard to recognize. With a flat cap that never seems to leave his head and a pair of khakis that usually complement a playfully logoed T-shirt, Paul Strickland seems average.