Northern Kentucky University’s 17th
biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) Festival began last week and continues
through April 26. According to NKU professor Sandra Forman, who
oversees the project every two years, no other university in America
undertakes a festival on this scale.
When you hear the name Steve Martin, you surely think of a
funny guy — "wild and crazy," in fact — both as an actor and a
comedian. But he's also a playwright, and you have the opportunity to
see one of his most amusing works at the Carnegie where The Underpants is onstage through April 26.
Scott Wilson is a playwright unafraid of the prickly issues of contemporary
life. In Buzzer at the Cincinnati
Playhouse, she tells a story that could be set in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine.
(It’s actually in New York City.)
When I was
a teenager, I devoured comic books ... I haven’t spent much time with those stories or
characters for years, but Know Theatre’s production of Hearts Like Fists took me back to the days of two-dimensional
characters, clear delineation between good and evil and lots of slam-bam
Tracey Scott Wilson, whose recent play Buzzer
opens this week at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (it’s onstage
through April 19), once said in an interview, “The biggest issue we have
in this country is race, and it’s an issue that Americans don’t talk
In late July 1967 more
than 10,000 citizens of Detroit rioted. Police had raided a blind pig — an
unauthorized after-hours hangout very much like the one Chelle and Lank have
established in their family’s basement — where more than 80 patrons, all
African-American, had gathered to celebrate the return of a Vietnam veteran.
Jeremy Essig may or may not be recording a CD at Go Bananas
this week. “I don’t know if they know about it,” he says, laughing, “I just
sort of decided. I had a spot open up and [Go Bananas] had a week open, so I
picked it up."
George Washington was known for never
telling a lie. But telling the truth — even the so-called truth — can be
a hazardous path, as evidenced by the meltdown of the Weston family,
who populate Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County.