It is a wonderful risk any time a theatre company takes on a classic like Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.
It is an especially wonderful risk for actors who go up against our
collective or personal expectations of what their performances should
of comedy falls under great scrutiny and derision, often unnecessarily
so. Impressions, props, magic, duos — anything slightly out of the
ordinary seems to open itself up to criticism...Fortunately, the Sklar Brothers have
avoided such slings and arrows by developing a truly organic stand-up
Harry & The Thief by Sigrid
Gilmer is a wonderfully ridiculous, history-twisting, large cast mash-up
of a play about Harriet Tubman (Harry), slavery and time travel. It is
also the first play in Know Theatre’s 17th season, with Andrew
Hungerford now at the artistic helm. This bodes well.
“It’s going well,” says comedian Jackie
Kashian of her career. “Everyone seems to be pointed in a Jackie Kashian
direction, which I am pleased about.” Earlier this year, the Milwaukee native released a DVD and CD titled This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux, to rave reviews.
Sixty years ago visionary producer Joseph Papp dreamed up
the idea of Shakespeare in the Park. It’s become an institution in
Central Park in New York City and, since 1954, dozens of other locales
have repeated the concept across the United States and beyond.
Wearing a Mister Rogers T-shirt with the
words “never forget” emblazoned across it, Terrence Burke studies a
newspaper while drinking an iced coffee at Northside’s Sidewinder
Coffee. The clothing choice is pretty indicative of Burke. In 2010,
Burke founded the zany puppet troupe Wump Mucket Puppets, creating and
performing with his original cast of characters, colorful in both
personality and hue.
In 2014 it requires equal amounts of
energy, will and naïvety to single-handedly start a theater. But that’s
what 22-year-old John Leo Muething is up to with Cincinnati’s newest
company, Stone on a Walk. He seems to have all those elements readily at
hand, as well as a supportive network of friends and family.
“I wasn’t the funniest person in the room
or anything like that,” says comedian Fortune Feimster of her childhood
in Belmont, N.C. “I would tell jokes that I heard to friends and I’d
watch Saturday Night Live a lot and mimic the sketches in school the following Monday, so comedy was a part of my life.”