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Into the Woods (Review)

CCM production blends classic fairytales with new zest

0 Comments · Monday, February 27, 2012
One of the songs in Into the Woods warns, “Careful the things you say. Children will listen.” In the case of the current production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s a blender full of fairytales, some familiar and some not, the “children” — that is, CCM’s performers in training — clearly listened well as Aubrey Berg directed them in a remarkably mature and thoroughly entertaining production.  

Sense & Sensibility (Review)

Reason and romance are the foundation of Cincy Shakes production

0 Comments · Monday, February 20, 2012
The popularity of Jane Austen continues unabated. A sparkling adaptation of Pride & Prejudice was an audience favorite a year ago for Cincinnati Shakespeare, and another Jon Jory adaptation of the 19th-century author’s stylish novels of romance and domestic intrigue, Sense & Sensibility, is likely to repeat that box-office bonanza.  

Speaking in Tongues (Review)

Cincinnati Playhouse production challenges viewers with complex narrative

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Speaking in Tongues is a fascinating piece of theater. But it takes work to watch, follow and absorb. Casual theatergoers might be put off, but those who like challenging drama and multi-layered acting will leave the theater with their gears still spinning.
  

Dead Accounts (Review)

Playhouse world premiere takes a loving look at hometown life

0 Comments · Monday, February 6, 2012
Playwright Theresa Rebeck knows Cincinnati (she grew up here), so her world premiere play takes dead aim by putting a very recognizable image our town onstage. You will know these people — your neighbors and people you grew up with if you’re from Cincinnati.
  

Collapse (Review)

Know Theatre production has heart and humor

1 Comment · Monday, February 6, 2012
Allison Moore’s new play is quite literally a play for our anxious times. Its four characters are each driven by some form of anxiety unlikely in previous generations. Moore has tapped into the contemporary zeitgeist to write a story that, while full of zany, improbably humor, nevertheless hits a sensitive nerve that you’re likely to recognize and perhaps feel.  

ArtReach Inspires Future Theatergoers

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
You might be aware of many of Cincinnati’s local theaters. But there is one probably not on your radar. Nevertheless, ArtReach annually reaches hundreds of thousands of kids in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee and Wisconsin.  

Billy Elliot The Musical (Review)

Coal-burning electricity fuels production at Aronoff

0 Comments · Thursday, January 19, 2012
You can’t go wrong with this much expressive dancing, and the kids who perform it will win your heart, from tiny Jeremy Zorer who gets the show started, to Billy’s ebullient, cross-dressing friend Michael (Ben Cook). The show evoked a rousing, and well-deserved response from the audience on opening night.  

Local Chamber Ensemble concert:nova Does Zappa

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This weekend, Zappa’s music gets the help of musicians who are very much on to the molecules. Leave it to the innovative ensemble concert:nova to present Shut Up and Play the Zappa! featuring chamber pieces by Zappa and his musical mentors, as well as covers of his Rock music, at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.  

Henry VIII (Review)

Rarely staged Henry VIII at Cincy Shakes tells tales of political intrigue

0 Comments · Sunday, January 15, 2012
Shakespeare wrote Henry VIII in 1612 or 1613, probably in collaboration with John Fletcher, another playwright. The events of the history play date from an era not long before Shakespeare’s birth, and the work — known originally and hyperbolically as All Is True — chronicled events that were still vivid in England’s cultural memory.  

Meaningful Connection

True Body Project continues to empower women

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Women of the world: It’s time to reconnect. Being a woman holds different meaning from culture to culture, but women everywhere can agree that growing up female is no breeze.   

Excellence Is Its Own Award

Even without award shows to celebrate it, 2011 offered plenty of good theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Identifying the year’s best theater productions is a more idiosyncratic task this year because of the disappearance of two long-established awards programs. CityBeat’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards had their final iteration in August 2010, with the plan to merge them into the Acclaim Awards, launched by The Cincinnati Enquirer in 2005.  

White Christmas (Review)

Covedale holiday production is an entertaining eyeful

0 Comments · Friday, December 9, 2011
This backstage musical about good-hearted people putting on a show to save a struggling Vermont ski lodge is perfect for the Covedale’s mainstream audience, and the performance I attended at the converted movie theater, a Sunday matinee, had every one of its 400 seats filled with people loving what they were seeing.   

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Review)

Cincy Shakespeare production has a lot to say

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This is surely Shakespeare’s most verbose and verbally tricky text, even in the reduced version Clark has staged, absent two very wordy characters. Delivered at high speed, this production is a constant game of catch-up.  

Snow White (Review)

ETC production offers a different telling of a familiar story

0 Comments · Friday, December 2, 2011
Good and evil play tug-of-war throughout the story of Snow White, Ensemble Theatre’s new holiday fairytale musical.  

Meet the Penguins

Penguin Encounters offer up-close experience with those lovable birds

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
When we were kids, my sister collected penguins. Plush penguins, ceramic penguins, penguins wearing knit hats and scarves, penguins ice skating and more. Now even the most hardcore penguin enthusiasts can indulge their obsession with the Newport Aquarium’s Penguin Encounters.