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.
Lewis Black calls from a hotel room in
Los Angeles. Taking a short break from his “The Rant is Due: Part Deux”
tour, Black is in Hollywood to do some voice work on the new Pixar
animated film Inside Out, in which he appropriately voices the character of Anger.
Pets can fill our lives in important ways, but Christian O’Reilly’s play, Chapatti, at the Cincinnati Playhouse, suggests that human interaction — the company of another person — is needed for true fulfillment.
Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, has a knack for finding thoughtful, engaging new plays that haven’t been seen on any local stage and giving them memorable productions.
In 2008, the University of Cincinnati’s
College-Conservatory of Music and Cincinnati Opera launched Opera
Fusion, an initiative to share resources and nurture emerging talent in
artistic and technical areas.