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Other Desert Cities (Review)

Running hot and cold

1 Comment · Thursday, September 5, 2013
The white-hot heat of a family tearing itself apart, the cold fear of submerged emotions spilling forth — these elements fuel this powerful drama.  

Cincinnati King

New play chronicles the life and legacy of Syd Nathan and King Records

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Earlier this year, dozens of volunteers roamed Cincinnati, haunting record stores, clubs and coffee shops. The group was seeking stories about King Records, the legendary record label that made its home here in the Queen City.  

Tom Arnold's Comedy Dream-Come-True

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tom Arnold totally understands if you were once in the camp that presumed that if you were involved with someone talented, you couldn’t possibly be talented yourself.  “A lot of people thought that,” Arnold says of his days working with friend, later spouse and later ex, Roseanne Barr. “First of all, I don’t care."  

Sexy, Salacious 'Chicago' Delivers at The Carnegie

0 Comments · Monday, August 12, 2013
The Broadway revival of Chicago, the satirical show about murder, celebrity and corruption, is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history; the 2002 film of Chicago won the Academy Award. All the more reason to make a call immediately to the box office at The Carnegie in Covington to get a ticket for an eye-popping local production.  

Toil and Trouble (Review)

In-the-moment, fast-talking producting loses some humor in the fury

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble is a very new play inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The title page of her script calls it a “Scottish-ish” comedy. Know Theatre of Cincinnati is giving the script just its second production.

An Avalanche of Hilarity

0 Comments · Friday, July 26, 2013
Almost a century ago, British novelist John Buchan wrote a potboiler about espionage and double-dealing. Twenty years later in 1935, film director Alfred Hitchcock turned The 39 Steps into a much-admired cinematic thriller.  

Theater on the Horizon

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Several slots for the 2013-2014 season have been filled in by local theaters as the current season finishes.  

Avenue Q (Review)

The best address in Dayton is Avenue Q

0 Comments · Monday, June 24, 2013
 Much of Avenue Q's humor derives from the use of puppets very much like those you will remember from Sesame Street. But here they're gay, racist and slutty.  

Jon Kovach Still Lighting up Area Stages

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As the Sitwell’s Coffee House crowd buzzes around him, Jon Kovach calmly ticks off his lengthy list of commitments for the approaching summer.  

It’s a Wrap for the 2013 Cincy Fringe

0 Comments · Monday, June 10, 2013
Almost one-third of the 2013 Cincy Fringe Festival productions won some form of voted recognition, a testament to the high quality of shows this year.   

CityBeat’s 2013 Fringe Festival Online Hub

Tenth annual Cincy Fringe Festival going strong in Over-the-Rhine

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
Welcome to CityBeat’s 2013 Fringe Festival ongoing coverage. Find performance reviews, commentary and mad Tweets about the festivities.    

Krisit (Review)

Clifton Performance Theatre production ranges from vicious to witty and back again

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Y York's play, staged by Mark Lutwak, who is the Cincinnati Playhouse's education director (and also York's husband), is a ribald comedy with a point to make about aging and superficial behavior.   

Shipwrecked! (Review)

An adventurous story of storytelling

0 Comments · Friday, May 24, 2013
The Playhouse is wrapping up its 53rd season with Donald Margulies’s 2007 script, Shipwrecked!. Concluding Blake Robison’s first season as artistic director, the show continues his promise to offer family-friendly plays designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of Playhouse theatergoers  

Sunset Boulevard (Review)

Tale of Hollywood desperation and dementia gets a big-time patina

0 Comments · Monday, May 13, 2013
David Zlatic designed a production — scenery, lighting in the style of film noir and a stream of well executed photographic and video projections in moody black-and-white — that works very well, including Desmond’s mansion with a sweeping central staircase.

Measure for Measure (Review)

Cincy Shakes presents strange brew of drama, comedy

0 Comments · Monday, May 6, 2013
Director Brian Isaac Phillips has set his production in the U.S. in the 1920s. It’s a good match to Jacobean London and we are given visual insight into the characters — from puritanical tyrants in three-piece business suits to loose men in fur coats and lowlife women as flappers.