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Exercises in Civics and Desperation

0 Comments · Monday, March 7, 2016
Fringe shows have a way of sneaking up on you with profound messages when you least expect them. That’s exactly what happens with Beertown, currently onstage at Know Theatre.   

The Times of Their Lives

CCM presents Green Day Rock opera American Idiot

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The stage production of American Idiot expands on the album, focusing on Johnny, Will and Tunny, who yearn to flee their arid suburban existence.  

A Witty Dose of Jane Austen at Cincy Shakes

0 Comments · Monday, February 29, 2016
Jane Austen. Her name spells theater magic in the 21st century. Stage an adaptation of one of her early 19th-century novels, and you will fill theater seats. Beyond Shakespeare, Austen is, in fact, surely the most widely recognized figure in English literature   

Vive les Femmes!

Gunderson's 'The Revolutionists' is a show to be reckoned with

0 Comments · Friday, February 12, 2016
I’ve complimented the Cincinnati Playhouse’s Blake Robison for his efforts this season to feature female playwrights. (Half of the shows he chose for 2015-2016 are by women.)   

The Courage to Ask, ‘What If?’

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If/Then traces a pair of divergent paths for Elizabeth, a city planner who returns to New York after a painful divorce. When her future is hijacked by fate — epitomized by two very different friends — her life splits into two parallel outcomes.
  

'BlackTop Sky': Painful Reality

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The view from the asphalt-paved courtyard surrounded by housing projects isn’t a pretty sight. In fact, the desolate space with nothing but a pair of park benches is downright depressing for Ida...  

The Ups and Downs of Strong Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Audiences will laugh and gasp at Karen Zacarías’ amusing Native Gardens at the Cincinnati Playhouse and feel troubled by the plight of a fighter pilot in George Brant’s gripping Grounded at Ensemble Theatre.  

Fantasies — Fanciful and Mundane

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
People do a lot of dreaming, and their emotions are often tied up in those dreams. That’s the case with two very different stage productions currently available at local theaters.   

Henry VI: Onstage Action Movie

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2016
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its five-year project to produce the Bard’s “History Cycle,” tracing the reigns of King Richard II and III, and three Henrys (IV, V and VI) in between.  

Cincinnati Has Fun Putting on ‘Kinky Boots’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Encountering a show title that uses the word “kinky,” you might think that the so-named play could push the boundaries of taste. That’s certainly not the case with Kinky Boots, despite the images the title suggests.  

Living Up to Expectations

J. Harrison Ghee connects his life to Kinky Boots

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
A show called Kinky Boots might seem an unlikely source for life advice, but the 2013 Tony Award winner about a beleaguered shoe factory that retools and changes lives in the process has proven to be just that.   

Check Out the Theater Pipeline: Choices for 2016

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2015
If you were captivated by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s hit (and revived) production of next to normal in 2011-2012, then you should consider catching the newest show from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Tom Kitt and writer Brian Yorkey.   

Celebrate the Holidays with a Night at the Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The holiday song has it that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s certainly true if you love holiday-themed theater. Some of what’s available in Cincinnati is family-friendly, while some of it takes some liberties with the holidays.  

Still Standing: Wanda Sykes

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Wanda Sykes is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer and television producer. It’s been quite a journey for someone who once worked for a top-secret government agency.  

On Broadway in New York: An Exploration Leading to Self-Awareness

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was in part a tribute to Sherlock Holmes, although the hero in the 2003 mystery novel is an autistic British teenager, not the distinguished private detective of Edwardian England.