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Multicultural Exchange

CCM, Beijing’s Central Opera and local Chinese Music Society collaborate

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Puccini’s opera Turandot challenges even the biggest opera companies. But if the singers have the dramatic heft required and the orchestral and choral forces are on board, outsize sets and costumes hardly matter. Fortunately, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has the musical resources to mount a concert performance of Turandot, presented in collaboration with Beijing’s Central Opera Troupe and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society.  

Brighton Beach Memoirs (Review)

Heartfelt portrait of family is a good choice for Covedale

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Neil Simon is a comic playwright, but in 1983 his writing showed new depth with Brighton Beach Memoirs. The first of several autobiographical plays, this one features his alter ego, Eugene, at 14, growing up part of an extended family in the Brooklyn/Coney Island neighborhood of Brighton Beach, an enclave of second-generation Jewish immigrants.  

The Dore of Preception

Podcasts, stand-up and radio shows help spread Jimmy Dore's socially-aware comedy

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
When he hears people describe fellow comedians Jon Stewart and Bill Maher as “liberal comics,” Jimmy Dore bristles. “They’re comedians,” he insists. “They tell jokes.” More than once on his Jimmy Dore Live radio show, as well as his podcast Comedy and Everything Else, he has stated that a comedian should “speak truth to power.”  

King John (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare offers rare staging of King John

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Shakespeare’s King John is not frequently produced. It has many unfamiliar historical characters (John reigned during the early 13th century; history remembers him because he was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215). He was a ruthless schemer, more concerned with pomp and personal preservation than ruling justly, and Shakespeare’s play is shot through with murky themes of devious politics.  

John Morris Russell Wants the Cincinnati Pops to Pop

New Cincinnati Pops conductor aims for wide community outreach

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Last month, the Cincinnati Pops announced the appointment of John Morris Russell as its conductor, succeeding the legendary Erich Kunzel, who died in September 2009. The usual flurry of laudatory press coverage followed the announcement, but there wasn’t much focus on a significant part of Russell’s career that will be crucial for the Pops future — his commitment to community outreach.  

In the Know at Know Theatre

Over-the-Rhine’s Know Theatre expands its offerings in 2011

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Know Theatre's new concept, “The Jackson Street Market,” is intended to provide space and other forms of support for fledgling theatrical producers without space or resources of their own. It’s still in its infancy, but the concept is bearing fruit in several obvious ways.  

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

L.A. Philharmonic fishes for wider audience with simulcast screenings in movie theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor/musical director Gustavo Dudamel leads one of the nation's hottest, hippest and most respected symphony orchestras, which is setting up a temporary residence in Cincinnati. In a grand experiment for symphony orchestras, live performances of the L.A. Phil are being shown at four local movie theaters Jan. 9.   

What’s Your Story?

TRUE Theatre begins 2011 with more personal tales

0 Comments · Monday, January 3, 2011
Five storytellers, some selected, some volunteers, each take the microphone for 10 minutes, sans notes, to tell a true story from their own lives in line with this installment's theme: "beginnings."   

Angels, Demons, Lovers and Singers

In 2010, Cincinnati theater offered lots to remember

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
In 2010, Cincinnati theaters continued to weather the tough economy and offer excellent productions. The year, which concluded the Cincinnati Playhouse’s 50th season and began Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s 25th, ended with all our local companies intact. Know Theatre presented another successful Fringe Festival in June and also provided a sheltering environment for interesting new projects.  

To See or Not to See

Locals can experience London's National Theatre from afar ... and in HD

0 Comments · Monday, December 20, 2010
There's no way around it: 'Hamlet' is a big play. It is, in fact, the longest of Shakespeare's 38 works and arguably his most influential. The title role can make a career, and that's what it appears to be doing right now for Rory Kinnear at England's Royal National Theatre. The Carnegie in Covington is hosting a rare filmed performance of Kinnear performing 'Hamlet' captured live in high definition.  

Hahn's Up

Classical superstar Hilary Hahn works hard to maintain her creative balance

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 14, 2010
It's a great time to be Hilary Hahn. There's hardly been a stray day over the past three decades where that hasn't been the case, but the past couple of years have been exceptionally good for the 31-year-old violinist. She performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Friday and Saturday at Music Hall.  

It's a Wonderful Life (Review)

Falcon Theatre offers holiday classic as a radio play

0 Comments · Monday, December 13, 2010
A lot of people who love the holidays can recite lines from Frank Capra's popular 1946 film 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Well, rather than simply bring the movie to the stage, Falcon Theatre retells the story as a radio drama, re-creating a radio studio with three sound effects artists, a stentorian announcer, electric organ, three cute singers for ads and a cast of voice talents who play multiple roles.  

A Christmas Story (Review)

Iconic TV holiday movie in good hands on Covedale's stage

2 Comments · Thursday, December 9, 2010
You could point out to fans of 'A Christmas Story' that cherished holiday films almost never work onstage. You might also tell a kid who dreams of owning a Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot Range Model air rifle that he'll shoot his eye out. Some warnings are destined to fall on deaf ears. So expect full houses this month at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.  

Jay Bolotin Onstage

Acclaimed visual artist finds unexpected interest in his singer/songwriter past

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Acclaimed visual artist Jay Bolotin — who lives in North Fairmount and has a Brighton studio — has been devoting time to a related but somewhat separate aspect of his artistic career. He’s finding new attention as a singer/songwriter, for both his past and present work.  

The Santaland Diaries/Season's Greetings (Review)

Joshua Steele is the right elf for the job

0 Comments · Monday, December 6, 2010
I discovered David Sedaris via a wickedly funny monologue on NPR about working as an elf at Macy's in New York City. When 'The Santaland Diaries' became a theater piece a decade ago, I was entertained, especially if a good actor took it on. In New Edgecliff's current production, Joshua Steele is the right elf for the job, a skinny, frizzy-haired guy in a silly, green velvet costume with curly pointed shoes.