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Offbeat Holiday Shows

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It’s early December and time for you to decide which hip holiday show you want to take in. Of course, you just missed last weekend’s tour stop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, a musical adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss tale about the green meanie Christmas hater, a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Singing The Personal And Political

A rarely performed 20th-century opera and a new work confront the clash of ideology and emotion

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The personal is definitely political in two operas onstage this month in both Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, in which a young man chooses pacifism over a military career, and Fellow Travelers, based on the novel about a gay love affair during the McCarthy era.  

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) (Review)

The Reduced Shakespeare Company's fast-and-furious foray is a dizzying night's entertainment

0 Comments · Friday, November 15, 2013
These guys are truly adept jokesters, physical shtick, wordplay, music, improv — they can do it all and they are, right here in Cincinnati.  

A Chorus Line (Review)

Sweetness and sorrow

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 12, 2013
It’s a rare organization that can pull off a show so demanding. I guess that makes Cincinnati Music Theatre rare, because their present production of A Chorus Line offers excellent dancing, spectacular singing and acting performances that will make audiences laugh and break your heart.  

Boeing Boeing (Review)

Energetic, laugh-out-loud farce shines with spirit

1 Comment · Monday, November 11, 2013
Under the direction of Brant Russell, the newest member of the drama faculty at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, Boeing Boeing is fresh and hilarious, a sheer delight.  

Bull (Review)

Strong acting and staging in latest Know Theatre production

0 Comments · Monday, November 4, 2013
You won’t like anyone you see onstage in this savage tale. You’ll probably question your own enjoyment of the show’s dark humor and vicious actions.  

Flashdance (Review)

Lively choreography spices up an otherwise bland production

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The philosophy picked up by Flashdance: The Musical’s welder/wanna-be-dancer Alex (Jillian Mueller) from her mentor is that trying and falling is better than not trying at all. Its touring production is still trying, including its current stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. And it does have its moments, mostly when the energetic cast is dancing.  

The Crucible (Review)

Collaboration between Cincy Shakes and Xavier is a powerful production of a timeless story

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It was a perfect storm when Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Xavier University decided to collaborate on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.   

Cabaret (Review)

Playhouse production is a provocative modern musical

0 Comments · Friday, October 25, 2013
Despite the jaunty title tune, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s 1966 musical Cabaret is not a happy tale of love or triumph.   

Dracula (Review)

A gothic treat

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dracula is a fun and well-timed gothic offering for theatergoers of all ages. This is a three-act dramatization from 1927, reduced to two with one intermission.   

Of Mice and Men (Review)

Great acting brings a callous world to life

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men are victims of bigotry and persecution, and life is treated callously. Lennie and George’s friendship, built on familiarity and kindness, is sadly trampled by an uncaring world, quick to judge and destroy. This is a deeply moving production.
  

Rapture, Blister, Burn (Review)

Women with issues

0 Comments · Monday, October 14, 2013
The play’s title, a distillation of its evolution of emotion and circumstance, is a lyric from an obscure Rock tune, and it’s an apt précis of the story’s arc. The script could easily have descended into a soap opera-like drama or a silly comedy, but it does not. Gionfriddo is a masterful writer of witty, provocative dialogue, and her characters are painfully real.
  

Mike Birbiglia Tests New Material at a Favorite Local Club

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Though he hails from Massachusetts and lives in New York City, Mike Birbiglia has an affinity for Cincinnati and Go Bananas Comedy Club. Through the fall, he will be visiting three of his favorite comedy clubs — including Go Bananas — to work out material for an upcoming theater tour, which will commence in January.  

Seven Spots on the Sun (Review)

Deep scars, painful memories

0 Comments · Monday, October 7, 2013
Wartime tortures its victims long beyond the battlefields and combat. Especially when a war tears apart the population of a single nation, the scars run deep, last long and profoundly change lives. That’s the circumstance of the characters in Martín Zimmerman’s Seven Spots on the Sun, receiving its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse.    

Back with Black

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Back in 2006, Lewis Black told CityBeat in an interview that the Bush administration and the GOP were “fucking out of their minds.” So it is fortuitous that a recent interview took place on the second day of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster to protest the Affordable Care Act.