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Second City Does Cincinnati: Pride and Porkopolis (Review)

Cincinnati gets teased and satirized by entertaining Playhouse show

1 Comment · Saturday, November 13, 2010
If it's laughter you're seeking for the holidays, you'll find plenty at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the new comedy revue from the legendary Chicago-based Second City improv company. It's full of our familiar foibles as well as a cast of local crackpots and characters. Never has it been so much fun to be teased.   

Aggravated Assault

Doug Stanhope's abrasive approach has made him an underground comedy favorite

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
"If I accidentally find myself in a good mood before a show, it's scary, and it's detrimental," Doug Stanhope says. "I go, 'Everything sucks, remember that! Stop smiling; you'll ruin the show!'" But Stanhope has a lot to smile about. He's a huge draw not only in America but the U.K.; apparently anger and annoyance are universal.  

Unnecessary Farce (Review)

Covedale offers a batty, delightful walk through covert ops

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Although I've not encountered any other kind, 'Unnecessary Farce' by Paul Slade Smith is, well, an unnecessary farce. No one needs to see a crop of oddballs sprinting about a stage (frequently sans pants) opening one door, slamming another, lobbing double-entendres out to the house before the curtain finally extinguishes the frenzy.   

The Rocky Horror Show (Review)

NKU production of campy musical never quite lifts off

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Midway through 'The Rocky Horror Show,' the title character says, "I feel that all is not well here. ... I have a feeling of foreboding." Rocky is assessing his situation with the sweetly naive Janet, not critiquing the production in which they're performing at Northern Kentucky University. But his observation applies.  

Rock of Ages (Review)

Broadway rock musical is a total freaking blast

2 Comments · Thursday, October 28, 2010
Hey, party people, get on down to the Aronoff Center for the touring production of 'Rock of Ages,' which is closer to being a Rock concert than a theatrical piece. It blasts from two decades back and is outfitted with leather, sequins, boots, big hair and thrashing guitars. There's lots of skin and inappropriate language, and it's a total freaking blast.  

Evil Dead: The Musical (Review)

Falcon Theater offers a side-splitting parody perfect for Halloween

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Guess this genre. Five attractive college students take off to a remote cabin in the woods, dead set on a five-day sex-and-booze bender. Said cabin is abandoned, spooky and also happens to be the last known location of the 'Book of the Dead,' a breezy beach read bound with human skin and inked in human blood. It's not on Oprah's list, but it does open a gate to Hell when read aloud.  

Walking on A.I.R.

Violist ecstatic over being named Taft’s Duncanson Artist-in-Residence

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
As it stands now, there is barely any free time in the schedule of violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. The married mother of two is a world-class instrumentalist and teacher with a constantly full slate of concert appearances and recording sessions, and the juggling necessary to balance it all could be considered just another of her many skills.  

You Can't Take It With You (Review)

Playhouse comedy is good clean fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s 1937 comedy could be termed an old chestnut; it's also a classic, certainly the forbearer of many of today's TV sitcoms, replete with zany stock characters and contrived, hilarious strings of events that pile up the laughs. It's been staged twice locally over the past year (by CCM and the Showboat Majestic), but that doesn't mean the Cincinnati Playhouse's current production is repetitive.  

Flag Drops on World Choir Games Preparation

Cincinnati officials host WCG leaders to start official march to 2012 event

0 Comments · Thursday, October 21, 2010
The 2012 World Choir Games are officially Cincinnati's, as Interkultur President Gunther Titsch presented the event's flag to Mayor Mark Mallory at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting. But Titsch and WCG Artistic Director Gábor Hollerung had more on their agenda than flag exchanges. They emphasized that they were here to begin planning for what will be the largest international arts event in Cincinnati history. The city's seven hills will indeed be alive with the sound of music.  

Dracula (Review)

Cincy Shakespeare offers a production you can count on

0 Comments · Monday, October 18, 2010
Abraham Van Helsing insists all men are madmen. This theory might help explain why, as hard as he works to kill Count Dracula, theater artists work even harder, October after October, to bring the vampire back to life. Cincinnati Shakespeare breathes life into Steven Dietz's smart, well-paced script, with Giles Davies' hungrily elegant turn in the title role.  

Thurgood (Review)

ETC brings legendary Supreme Court justice to life

0 Comments · Friday, October 15, 2010
George Stevens Jr.'s play is a 90-minute monologue that chronologically presents the life of Thurgood Marshall. Speaking in an auditorium at Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C., Marshall reminisces about his life and how he chose not to challenge the legal system but to use it to advance the cause of civil rights. "My weapon," he says, "is the law." He became living proof of how one man can make a difference.  

ETC a Premiere Organization

Ensemble Theatre marks 25th anniversary with socially relevant, artistically satisfying shows

0 Comments · Thursday, October 14, 2010
A small investment can make a big difference: In August 1986, with $200 in hand, several aspiring theater artists produced three one-act plays at Memorial Hall. Success inspired them to create Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Two years later arts patrons Murph and Ken Mahler and Ruth and John Sawyer financed the purchase of a building that became ETC's permanent home. Now in its 25th season, the organization still represents what creativity and devotion can achieve.  

Skin Tight (Review)

Know Theatre opens season with spare, passionate love story

0 Comments · Monday, October 11, 2010
'Skin Tight' is as much a piece of lyrical poetry as it is a play, and it's likely to be the most physical performance — wonderfully staged and choreographed by director Drew Fracher — you'll see onstage this year. Know Theatre's season opener is brief, taking you on an emotional, passionate journey that's both a lifetime and the blink of an eye.  

The Night of the Iguana (Review)

New Edgecliff tackles Tennessee Williams' tale about people at the end of a rope

0 Comments · Friday, October 8, 2010
New Edgecliff Theatre, which has done well in two previous seasons reviving classic works, launches its 13th season with 'The Night of the Iguana,' sometimes called Williams' "last great work," with two local professionals in its leading female roles (Kate Wilford and Annie Fitzpatrick). NET has given it a strong visual production (designed by Melissa Bennett), set in a seedy Mexican hotel.  

August: Osage County (Review)

Dayton collaboration results in powerful staging of dark comedy

0 Comments · Monday, October 4, 2010
Tracy Letts' searing, dark comedy about an outrageously dysfunctional contemporary family is having its regional premiere at Wright State University's Festival Playhouse in a co-production with Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2008, the play is set in a blistering August summer in Oklahoma. The heat is inescapable in this show, a hell of a piece of theater — with the emphasis on "hell."