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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.
  

'BlackTop Sky': Painful Reality

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The view from the asphalt-paved courtyard surrounded by housing projects isn’t a pretty sight. In fact, the desolate space with nothing but a pair of park benches is downright depressing for Ida...  

The Ups and Downs of Strong Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Audiences will laugh and gasp at Karen Zacarías’ amusing Native Gardens at the Cincinnati Playhouse and feel troubled by the plight of a fighter pilot in George Brant’s gripping Grounded at Ensemble Theatre.  

Fantasies — Fanciful and Mundane

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
People do a lot of dreaming, and their emotions are often tied up in those dreams. That’s the case with two very different stage productions currently available at local theaters.   

Henry VI: Onstage Action Movie

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2016
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its five-year project to produce the Bard’s “History Cycle,” tracing the reigns of King Richard II and III, and three Henrys (IV, V and VI) in between.  

Cincinnati Has Fun Putting on ‘Kinky Boots’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Encountering a show title that uses the word “kinky,” you might think that the so-named play could push the boundaries of taste. That’s certainly not the case with Kinky Boots, despite the images the title suggests.  

Living Up to Expectations

J. Harrison Ghee connects his life to Kinky Boots

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
A show called Kinky Boots might seem an unlikely source for life advice, but the 2013 Tony Award winner about a beleaguered shoe factory that retools and changes lives in the process has proven to be just that.   

Check Out the Theater Pipeline: Choices for 2016

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2015
If you were captivated by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s hit (and revived) production of next to normal in 2011-2012, then you should consider catching the newest show from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Tom Kitt and writer Brian Yorkey.   

Celebrate the Holidays with a Night at the Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The holiday song has it that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s certainly true if you love holiday-themed theater. Some of what’s available in Cincinnati is family-friendly, while some of it takes some liberties with the holidays.  

Still Standing: Wanda Sykes

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Wanda Sykes is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer and television producer. It’s been quite a journey for someone who once worked for a top-secret government agency.  

On Broadway in New York: An Exploration Leading to Self-Awareness

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was in part a tribute to Sherlock Holmes, although the hero in the 2003 mystery novel is an autistic British teenager, not the distinguished private detective of Edwardian England.  

On Broadway in New York: Growing Up, Out and Wise

Fun Home (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I had the opportunity to see Fun Home on Nov. 11. I enthusiastically second its surprising Tony Award win as 2015’s best musical. (It beat out the odds-son favorite, An American in Paris.)  

On Broadway in New York: Beautiful Scenes and "Fidgety Feet"

An American in Paris (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2015
Gorgeous is the word for the Broadway production of An American in Paris, a stage adaptation of the 1951 musical movie starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.   

On Broadway in New York: Spoofing Shakespeare and Theater in General

Something Rotten (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2015
I turned up at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on Nov. 12 for Something Rotten with moderate expectations. I had seen a number from the show on the Tony Awards last June, so I knew it was an amusing backstage mash-up of Elizabethan England and musical theater.  

On Broadway in New York: Entertaining and Frightening

Hand to God (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2015
When you enter the Broadway’s Booth Theatre to see Robert Askins’ play, Hand to God, you’re looking at a Sunday School classroom in Texas with cinderblock walls painted blue and windows high enough to let you know it’s in the basement.