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Keeping Up with Jackie Kashian

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
“It’s going well,” says comedian Jackie Kashian of her career. “Everyone seems to be pointed in a Jackie Kashian direction, which I am pleased about.” Earlier this year, the Milwaukee native released a DVD and CD titled This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, to rave reviews.   

Find Your Way to a Local Park for a Dose of Shakespeare

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare in the Park, onstage

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sixty years ago visionary producer Joseph Papp dreamed up the idea of Shakespeare in the Park. It’s become an institution in Central Park in New York City and, since 1954, dozens of other locales have repeated the concept across the United States and beyond.
  

Puppets Provide Inspiration for Local Creative

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wearing a Mister Rogers T-shirt with the words “never forget” emblazoned across it, Terrence Burke studies a newspaper while drinking an iced coffee at Northside’s Sidewinder Coffee. The clothing choice is pretty indicative of Burke. In 2010, Burke founded the zany puppet troupe Wump Mucket Puppets, creating and performing with his original cast of characters, colorful in both personality and hue.  

New Company Brings “Short, Sweet, Cheap” Theater to OTR

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
In 2014 it requires equal amounts of energy, will and naïvety to single-handedly start a theater. But that’s what 22-year-old John Leo Muething is up to with Cincinnati’s newest company, Stone on a Walk. He seems to have all those elements readily at hand, as well as a supportive network of friends and family.   

CCM Alums Take on the Baritone Bad Boys of ‘La Calisto’

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
“Who told you Baroque operas are dull?” Andrew Garland says. “Who told you that?” 
  

Singers Revive Roles for Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Silent Night’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Craig Irvin, Andrew Wilkowske and Gabriel Preisser are enjoying a career arc that any opera singer would kill for. All three performed in the world premiere of Silent Night, an opera that garnered rave reviews, a Pulitzer Prize, a PBS broadcast and subsequent productions, including this weekend’s from the Cincinnati Opera, in which the singers reprise their original roles.  

Countrified Musical in Dayton

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Country Music can be slippery territory for musical theater: It deals with primal emotions, lost love, heartbreak and gettin’ even. That might make for a powerful musical.  

Funny Fortune

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“I wasn’t the funniest person in the room or anything like that,” says comedian Fortune Feimster of her childhood in Belmont, N.C. “I would tell jokes that I heard to friends and I’d watch Saturday Night Live a lot and mimic the sketches in school the following Monday, so comedy was a part of my life.”
  

Private Lives (Review)

Cincy Shakes production is spun from trivial flippancy

0 Comments · Saturday, June 14, 2014
Cincy Shakes is winding up its 20th-anniversary season with this witty bon mot of a comedy spun from an avalanche of “incessant trivial flippancy.”  

Choreographers Communicate with Human Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As Contemporary Dance Theater celebrates the close of its 41st anniversary season with the Area Choreographers Festival this weekend at the Aronoff, it also bids farewell to founder, artistic and executive director Jefferson James.
  

Grab a Great Show or Two as the Fringe Winds Down

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in full swing, heading toward its finale on Saturday. If you haven’t attended yet, you still have plenty of chances to see some fascinating performances.   

MUSE’s Season Ends with Diverse City’s Debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
MUSE, Cincinnati’s women’s chorus, presents Brave Happy Love this weekend with guest performers Diverse City, the area’s first chorus for LGBTQ youth and their allies.   

Get Fringy With It

CityBeat's hub for 2014 Cincy Fringe Fest coverage

0 Comments · Friday, May 30, 2014
The Cincinnati Fringe Festival's 11th iteration is full-go, with more than 30 performances scheduled across various stages in and around Over-the-Rhine through June 7.   

Midlife Crisis

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra turns 40 amid fiscal and leadership challenges

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis. There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a continually uncertain marketplace.
  

Celebrating an Outstanding Critique

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The folks behind the Cappies program that recognizes high school theater productions and performances decided to establish a new recognition for the 2014 awards, presented on Friday, May 23, at the Aronoff Center.