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To Kill a Mockingbird (Review)

Hope springs eternal in CSC staging of Harper Lee's evergreen tale

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mockingbird is about the importance of tolerance and understanding, something not achieved in these circumstances but that seems possible eventually. Those sparks of hope have made this a meaningful tale for a half-century, and CSC has brought the story to life.  

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Review)

Covedale stages Tennessee Williams' challenging portrait of a family's corruption

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tennessee Williams was a brilliant American playwright, but his works are not easy going for people seeking pleasant entertainment. Cat is not an easy piece of theater: There’s not a likable character in this tale of a greedy, selfish family.
  

From Senate Staffers to ‘Steps’ Satirists

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Capitol Steps are on their way to Cincinnati, and they’ll stop at nothing to get audience members laughing as this grueling election year surges forward. The Steps are a group of Capitol Hill staffers turned political satirists, and no party is safe from ridicule when these performers take the stage.
  

The Three Musketeers (Review)

Playhouse production has lots of laughs but could use more heart

0 Comments · Friday, September 7, 2012
Artistic Director Blake Robison's first production is jam-packed with rousing non-stop action, hearty laughs and big storytelling as well as beautiful scenic and costume elements.  

Good People (Review)

Class polarities fuel ETC's meaningful character synergy

0 Comments · Thursday, September 6, 2012
The interplay between characters in Good People is full of believable truth, and ETC director D. Lynn Meyers excels in staging such material. It’s a total package that feels good and real from start to finish.  

Fall Fringe

Know Theatre brings back award winning shows from 2012 Fringe

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Perhaps you overslept back in June and missed the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You now have a chance to make up for it or to satisfy a fall craving for Fringe performances, thanks to the festival’s presenter, Know Theatre of Cincinnati.
  

Rounding Third (Review)

Odd couple concept pleasant and predictable

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The title of Richard Dresser’s 2002 play, Rounding Third, the current production on board the Showboat Majestic, is a pretty obvious clue that this is a show about baseball.  

Xanadu (Review)

Old cult favorite's strange magic charms audiences at the Carnegie

0 Comments · Monday, August 13, 2012
Summers in Cincinnati tend to have theater in short supply. Thanks to the Carnegie Center in Covington, there’s a bounty of fizzy fun in the form of the very tongue-in-cheek musical Xanadu, staged by Alan Patrick Kenny.  

Never Been Mellow

Alan Kenny stops by to stage 'Xanadu' on his way to a promising theater career

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Cincinnati native Alan Kenny, fresh from graduate studies and a nearly completed master’s degree from UCLA, is back in town to stage the campy musical Xanadu at Covington’s Carnegie Center. It opens on Saturday for an eight-performance run, through Aug. 26.
  

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Review)

CSC's adept cast has a ball

0 Comments · Sunday, July 29, 2012
The process of translating clichés into high humor is a delicate one. Luckily for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the able three actors assembled for a very tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Sherlock Holmes tale The Hound of the Baskervilles know their way around slapstick and shtick.  

Cincinnati Opera's Embodiment of Tango

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A hybrid of opera, music theater and performance piece, the surreal storyline follows Maria from birth to her arrival in Buenos Aires, where tango seduces her and leads to a life of prostitution. She is murdered and resurrected, becoming the embodiment of tango.
  

George M! (Review)

Red, white and true blue

0 Comments · Thursday, July 19, 2012
George M. Cohan could easily have been mistaken for a whole crowd of people: The American entertainer was known as a playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. He is the individual who most shaped the art form of American musical comedy. In 1968, the musical George M! took Cohan’s life and made it into a show — a logical step for a man who spent most of his own career writing and performing in his own productions.  

The Foreigner (Review)

Still fresh after 30 years

0 Comments · Sunday, July 8, 2012
I’ve seen Ken Shue’s 1984 comedy The Foreigner in several good productions. It’s one of the funniest plays I know, a well-oiled laugh machine, but if you anticipate what’s happening, you’d think it would diminish the humor.   

Porgy and Bess (Preview)

Cincinnati Opera channels 1930s Charleston in American Classic

0 Comments · Thursday, June 28, 2012
George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess ranks as America’s most famous opera. Its arias and ensembles are firmly ensconced in the American Popular Songbook: “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy.” “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” No other opera comes close except Carmen, and that’s French.  

Love Conquers All

Cincinnati Opera channels 1930s Charleston in American Classic

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 26, 2012
George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess ranks as America’s most famous opera. Its arias and ensembles are firmly ensconced in the American Popular Songbook: “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o Nuttin’,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Loves You, Porgy.” “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” No other opera comes close except Carmen, and that’s French.