Give Know Theatre credit for presenting plays with unexpected perspectives. Its current production is about a pair of clowns who have arrived in the U.S. as victims of an immigration scam, written by Saviana Stanescu, a playwright from Romania who lives and works in New York City.
Every year during the holidays an impoverished but caring family with four kids, the Cratchits of 1843 London, take up residence at the Cincinnati Playhouse for 'A Christmas Carol.' Those endearing folks have been displaced by another struggling family with four kids, the Pazinskis of Buffalo in 1959, in Tom Dudzick's nostalgic comedy 'Over the Tavern.'
This play touches on faith and belief, to be sure, but also commitment, relationships, happiness and love without passing judgment or pushing a particular perspective. See this profoundly human show and you'll be both moved and perplexed.
There’s nothing emaciated or delicate about these 21 dancers, complemented by two singers and two percussionists. In fact, this show of “dance-sport” is about beautiful curves and well-defined musculature. And lots of gorgeous skin, accentuated by beautiful, often minimal costumes that change continuously, sometimes startlingly.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.