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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.