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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."  

Evita (Review)

Cincinnati Landmark Productions takes ambitious swing at Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic

0 Comments · Monday, October 4, 2010
Cincinnati Landmark Productions' ninth season kicks off with an ambitious production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 'Evita,' the tale of the charismatic, controversial Argentine first lady Eva Perón. Brook Rucidlo, Michael Shawn Starks and Mike Sherman are strong vocalists, and this show has a hard-working chorus who play numerous roles and sing and dance from start to finish.   

The Hyland Road

Cincinnati native Andre Hyland is ready for his comedy close-up

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It’s perfect for the Cincinnati native/L.A. resident, an improvisational comic whose guerrilla style finds him inhabiting a broad range of fringe characters, disturbing the audience unaware of the joke and delighting the audience that is. It’s a fine wire to walk, and Andre Hyland traverses it with Wallenda-like agility  

The Understudy (Review)

Comedy about theater world packs the Shelterhouse with love and hate

0 Comments · Monday, September 27, 2010
Somewhere in playwright Theresa Rebeck's past there must have been a 420-too-friendly techie who smoked up the booth, a big-name hack who got the plum job and a lover who walked out without a word. Or maybe these professional disasters and personal heartbreaks, captured so hilariously and affectingly in the Cincinnati native's 'The Understudy,' are simply the products of Rebeck's rich imagination. Either way, the comedy has a ring of authenticity that anyone who's ever acted (onstage or in life) should appreciate.  

South Pacific (Review)

Broadway tunes and talent provide a very enchanted evening

0 Comments · Thursday, September 23, 2010
It might be premature to call the touring production of 'South Pacific' at the Aronoff Center the best you're going to see this season, but it's safe to say audiences won't be disappointed. The 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is a reminder of why the show exemplifies the golden age of Broadway musicals. It's got the tunes and the talent.   

Singing With the World

China trip helps local vocal ensemble prepare for 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
After Cincinnati nabbed the 2012 World Choir Games last June, It was only natural to turn to Dr. Catherine Roma, a passionate advocate for building community through choral singing. In March, she began recruiting singers from her choirs for SingCinnati. Singers had to have schedules flexible enough to fit in a demanding rehearsal schedule and nine days in China.  

High (Review)

Kathleen Turner offers blunt, hard-boiled star turn at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Friday, September 10, 2010
Sister Jamison Connelly (Kathleen Turner) is a blunt, hard-boiled nun with a past. She meets her match in Cory Randall (Evan Jonigkeit), a young drug addict so far gone it's hard to imagine his recovery. 'High' suggests that faith and redemption can confront troubling contemporary issues, but the outcome feels incomplete and contradictory.  

Collected Stories (Review)

Warner and Mohlenhoff shine in ETC's season-opener

0 Comments · Friday, September 10, 2010
Good theater can result from good stories, good writing, good acting or good directing. All are in evidence in Ensemble Theatre's 25th season opener, 'Collected Stories,' which was a Pulitzer finalist in 1997, was filmed for PBS in 2002 and had a Broadway revival earlier this year. ETC's production is its local premiere.  

The Kite Runner (Review)

Bestselling novel becomes a compelling play at Actors Theatre of Louisville

0 Comments · Thursday, September 9, 2010
Khaled Hosseini's debut novel, 'The Kite Runner,' spent more than five years on The New York Times bestseller list. Published in 42 languages and made into a 2007 movie, the story follows the life of a young Afghani from the mid-1970s until 2001 and has resonated with readers worldwide. It's now a play receiving its regional premiere this month at Actors Theatre of Louisville in a co-production with the Cleveland Playhouse, where it will transfer in October.  

Love's Labour's Lost (Review)

Seasongood Pavilion is open (air) for love

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 7, 2010
A production of 'Love's Labour's Lost' by Cincinnati Outdoor Classics on a temperate Saturday afternoon held out such a promise. This youthful play is perfect for college students (the company is an outgrowth of the drama program at UC's College-Conservatory of Music) because it's about young love and naive vows, plus a lot of tomfoolery. The energy of this company is evident, but the challenges of performing in the open air are tough.