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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.  

Cinderella (Review)

ETC offers a smart holiday production

0 Comments · Monday, December 6, 2010
Brains trump beauty in 'Cinderella,' now playing at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, where every December another familiar fairy tale gets a fun musical makeover. This year's installment features a philosophy-loving heroine (exceptional homegrown talent Brooke Rucidlo) in local playwright Joe McDonough's clever script.  

A Wrinkle in Time (Review)

Know's holiday show needs to iron out a few wrinkles

0 Comments · Monday, November 29, 2010
Earlier this year John Glore's adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in Time' premiered at South Coast Rep, one of America's most respected theaters for new plays. The 1962 novel about precocious kids has been popular for a long time (especially with, well, precocious kids), so there's a built-in audience. That's certainly why Know Theatre is staging it for the 2010 holidays.  

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Review)

Cincy Shakes' 'Wives' are merry, but the humor is overstuffed

0 Comments · Monday, November 29, 2010
The popularity of Sir John Falstaff, the portly jokester in Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' plays, led to a sequel. 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' today would have been dubbed 'Falstaff II.' And like most sequels, the original idea wears thin. Falstaff is funny, but his coarse, self-aggrandizing behavior is one-dimensional. That's part of why Cincinnati Shakespeare's holiday show grows a bit wearisome.  

God Bless Us, Everyone

Holiday shows offer some sweets and some sass

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The holidays offer a perfect time to go to the theater with local productions for theater fans from wide-eyed kids to old cynics. Some shows are familiar, like a visit with old friends, while others spruce up an old story with some new garland — and perhaps a sprig of twisted sass. Here's a rundown on eight locally staged holiday recommendations.  

Young Frankenstein (Review)

Broadway musical comedy is only barely back to life

0 Comments · Thursday, November 18, 2010
Make no mistake about it: Mel Brooks is a dirty old man. And since his very funny film 'Young Frankenstein' he's gotten ever dirtier and older. What was raunchy but amusing in 1974 is simply repeated louder and cruder in this 2007 Broadway version, currently spending two weeks at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  

Carlisle Floyd's Iconic Composer Exposure

CCM students get a chance to work with a true American opera legend

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 16, 2010
When CCM staged Carlisle Floyd's opera 'Of Mice and Men' last May, the composer was on hand for opening night. He was so impressed that when opera department head Robin Guarino asked him to return to work with students he immediately accepted. Floyd has been coaching CCM students since Nov. 10, culminating in a public performance of excerpts from his operas Wednesday.