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'Buzzer' Is More About People Than Place

0 Comments · Monday, March 30, 2015
Tracey Scott Wilson is a playwright unafraid of the prickly issues of contemporary life. In Buzzer at the Cincinnati Playhouse, she tells a story that could be set in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine. (It’s actually in New York City.)   

Heartbreak at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, March 30, 2015
When I was a teenager, I devoured comic books ... I haven’t spent much time with those stories or characters for years, but Know Theatre’s production of Hearts Like Fists took me back to the days of two-dimensional characters, clear delineation between good and evil and lots of slam-bam action.

Confounding Conversations

Tracey Scott Wilson's plays keep people talking about race in America

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tracey Scott Wilson, whose recent play Buzzer opens this week at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (it’s onstage through April 19), once said in an interview, “The biggest issue we have in this country is race, and it’s an issue that Americans don’t talk about much.   

Detroit '67 (Review)

The fires of 'Detroit '67' are still burning

0 Comments · Friday, March 20, 2015
In late July 1967 more than 10,000 citizens of Detroit rioted. Police had raided a blind pig — an unauthorized after-hours hangout very much like the one Chelle and Lank have established in their family’s basement — where more than 80 patrons, all African-American, had gathered to celebrate the return of a Vietnam veteran.   

Comedy That Rocks

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Jeremy Essig may or may not be recording a CD at Go Bananas this week. “I don’t know if they know about it,” he says, laughing, “I just sort of decided. I had a spot open up and [Go Bananas] had a week open, so I picked it up."  

The Marvelous Wonderettes (Review)

It's their party

0 Comments · Monday, March 16, 2015
When I attended the Covedale Center’s production of The Marvelous Wonderettes at a Sunday matinee, there were no young people in attendance.

Peter and the Starcatcher (Review)

Laughing all the way to Neverland

0 Comments · Monday, March 16, 2015
For anyone yearning to return to childhood for a few hours — reveling in clever wordplay, fart jokes and an adventure won “against impossible odds” — this show is a must-see.  

Little Women (Review)

'Little Women' grow large at Cincy Shakes

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2015
Let’s hear it for the girls! Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s excellent female performers are showcased in the regional premiere of Emma Reeve’s stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.   

August: Osage County (Review)

Truth telling: watch out

0 Comments · Thursday, February 26, 2015
George Washington was known for never telling a lie. But telling the truth — even the so-called truth — can be a hazardous path, as evidenced by the meltdown of the Weston family, who populate Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County.

Unblinded by Science

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Lewis Black calls from a hotel room in Los Angeles. Taking a short break from his “The Rant is Due: Part Deux” tour, Black is in Hollywood to do some voice work on the new Pixar animated film Inside Out, in which he appropriately voices the character of Anger.  

Chapatti (Review)

Finding love by living

0 Comments · Friday, February 13, 2015
Pets can fill our lives in important ways, but Christian O’Reilly’s play, Chapatti, at the Cincinnati Playhouse, suggests that human interaction — the company of another person — is needed for true fulfillment.   

The Other Place (Review)

ETC's latest offers a thoughtfully circuitous journey

0 Comments · Sunday, February 1, 2015
Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, has a knack for finding thoughtful, engaging new plays that haven’t been seen on any local stage and giving them memorable productions.  

Opera Fusion: New Works Enables Completion of Daniel Catán Work

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
In 2008, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Cincinnati Opera launched Opera Fusion, an initiative to share resources and nurture emerging talent in artistic and technical areas.

The Handmaid's Tale (Review)

Know's latest is a powerful personal story

0 Comments · Monday, January 26, 2015
Corinne Mohlenhoff's performance is not merely a tour-de-force of memorization but also of making the show constantly engaging.   

Greater Tuna (Review)

Covedale’s trip to Tuna is irreverent fun

0 Comments · Monday, January 26, 2015
Tuna, Texas, once a real-live speck of a town, had been written off state maps for decades. That changed in 1981 when Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard penned Greater Tuna, the first of four comedic plays focusing on the quirky, small-town conservatism of Tuna.