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The Elephant Man (Review)

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This simple, steady production is a very successful piece of theatrical storytelling. Brought to life by a highly committed group of actors and an inventive design team, all involved left a fair amount of elbow grease on the floor of the Falcon’s non-traditional and unapologetic space. Jared D. Doren’s creative direction and design made excellent use of the small stage, easily guiding the audience’s imagination from seedy fairground to crowded train station to homey hospital quarters.  

The Piano Teacher (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Under the direction of Ed Stern, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Julia Cho’s play The Piano Teacher is a stark, engrossing and painful thriller. Memory is not a lane meant for strolling; memory is labyrinth. There are places that cannot be avoided and even others that cannot be faced. And stories, those we tell others and those we tell ourselves, are forces to be reckoned with.  

The Odd Couple (Review)

Carnegie’s production is an audience pleaser

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
If you haven’t ventured to Covington’s Carnegie Center for a show at the Otto M. Budig Theatre, you’re overlooking a pleasant evening’s entertainment. From the opening lines, it’s easy to like The Odd Couple, especially with the poker buddies who provide context for the “couple.”  

Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (Review)

Know Theatre production portrays the plight of immigrant clowns in New York

0 Comments · Monday, January 31, 2011
Give Know Theatre credit for presenting plays with unexpected perspectives. Its current production is about a pair of clowns who have arrived in the U.S. as victims of an immigration scam, written by Saviana Stanescu, a playwright from Romania who lives and works in New York City.  

Over the Tavern (Review)

The fractious Pazkinskis have moved in at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Friday, January 28, 2011
Every year during the holidays an impoverished but caring family with four kids, the Cratchits of 1843 London, take up residence at the Cincinnati Playhouse for 'A Christmas Carol.' Those endearing folks have been displaced by another struggling family with four kids, the Pazinskis of Buffalo in 1959, in Tom Dudzick's nostalgic comedy 'Over the Tavern.'  

Next Fall (Review)

ETC explores faith, belief, happiness and love in 2010 Tony nominee

0 Comments · Thursday, January 27, 2011
This play touches on faith and belief, to be sure, but also commitment, relationships, happiness and love without passing judgment or pushing a particular perspective. See this profoundly human show and you'll be both moved and perplexed.  

Burn the Floor (Review)

Production features beautiful curves and muscles

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
There’s nothing emaciated or delicate about these 21 dancers, complemented by two singers and two percussionists. In fact, this show of “dance-sport” is about beautiful curves and well-defined musculature. And lots of gorgeous skin, accentuated by beautiful, often minimal costumes that change continuously, sometimes startlingly.  

Multicultural Exchange

CCM, Beijing’s Central Opera and local Chinese Music Society collaborate

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Puccini’s opera Turandot challenges even the biggest opera companies. But if the singers have the dramatic heft required and the orchestral and choral forces are on board, outsize sets and costumes hardly matter. Fortunately, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has the musical resources to mount a concert performance of Turandot, presented in collaboration with Beijing’s Central Opera Troupe and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society.  

Brighton Beach Memoirs (Review)

Heartfelt portrait of family is a good choice for Covedale

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Neil Simon is a comic playwright, but in 1983 his writing showed new depth with Brighton Beach Memoirs. The first of several autobiographical plays, this one features his alter ego, Eugene, at 14, growing up part of an extended family in the Brooklyn/Coney Island neighborhood of Brighton Beach, an enclave of second-generation Jewish immigrants.  

The Dore of Preception

Podcasts, stand-up and radio shows help spread Jimmy Dore's socially-aware comedy

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
When he hears people describe fellow comedians Jon Stewart and Bill Maher as “liberal comics,” Jimmy Dore bristles. “They’re comedians,” he insists. “They tell jokes.” More than once on his Jimmy Dore Live radio show, as well as his podcast Comedy and Everything Else, he has stated that a comedian should “speak truth to power.”  

King John (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare offers rare staging of King John

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Shakespeare’s King John is not frequently produced. It has many unfamiliar historical characters (John reigned during the early 13th century; history remembers him because he was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215). He was a ruthless schemer, more concerned with pomp and personal preservation than ruling justly, and Shakespeare’s play is shot through with murky themes of devious politics.  

John Morris Russell Wants the Cincinnati Pops to Pop

New Cincinnati Pops conductor aims for wide community outreach

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Last month, the Cincinnati Pops announced the appointment of John Morris Russell as its conductor, succeeding the legendary Erich Kunzel, who died in September 2009. The usual flurry of laudatory press coverage followed the announcement, but there wasn’t much focus on a significant part of Russell’s career that will be crucial for the Pops future — his commitment to community outreach.  

In the Know at Know Theatre

Over-the-Rhine’s Know Theatre expands its offerings in 2011

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Know Theatre's new concept, “The Jackson Street Market,” is intended to provide space and other forms of support for fledgling theatrical producers without space or resources of their own. It’s still in its infancy, but the concept is bearing fruit in several obvious ways.  

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

L.A. Philharmonic fishes for wider audience with simulcast screenings in movie theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor/musical director Gustavo Dudamel leads one of the nation's hottest, hippest and most respected symphony orchestras, which is setting up a temporary residence in Cincinnati. In a grand experiment for symphony orchestras, live performances of the L.A. Phil are being shown at four local movie theaters Jan. 9.   

What’s Your Story?

TRUE Theatre begins 2011 with more personal tales

0 Comments · Monday, January 3, 2011
Five storytellers, some selected, some volunteers, each take the microphone for 10 minutes, sans notes, to tell a true story from their own lives in line with this installment's theme: "beginnings."