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Leveling Up (Review)

Boundaries between fantasy, reality blur in Deborah Laufer's modern script

1 Comment · Monday, February 18, 2013
Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer has found a vein of universality in her new play, Leveling Up, using the world of online gaming in which players vie for higher levels of power and accomplishment, as a metaphor for growing up.  

Dangerous Liaisons (Review)

Seductive drama triumphs with beautiful design and humor

2 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
In Hampton’s 1985 play, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are manipulative aristocrats in 18th-century France who spend their time seducing scores of people and plotting to destroy anyone who embarrasses or rejects them.  

When the Rain Stops Falling (Review)

Decline and fall

2 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
This dense, provocative script is a challenging work, but director Brian Isaac Phillips has staged it beautifully with nine excellent actors who are breathtakingly powerful in a complex tale that spans 80 years and four generations of two intricately interwoven families.  

Rising To The Top

Deborah Laufer explores big questions with playwriting

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Playwright Deborah Laufer loves to tell stories. “I think what theater does,” she told CityBeat recently, “is bring people together to contemplate what it means to be human at this point in time. It’s a place to ask all the big questions..."  

Broadway Bound (Review)

Lumbering to the finish line

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Broadway Bound is the third and final installment in Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical cycle of plays about growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and ’40s.   

Camelot (Review)

Strong acting redeems an unwieldy plot

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 29, 2013
In 1960, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe followed their 1956 megahit My Fair Lady with the musical Camelot. Its arrival on Broadway coincided with the election of John Kennedy, and many people extended the vision of a “magical kingdom” to his ascendance as America’s charismatic 35th president.  

Abigail/1702 (Review)

Spectral sequel premieres at Cincinnati Playhouse

0 Comments · Saturday, January 26, 2013
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s world premiere play, Abigail/1702, is the Mount Adams theater’s 66th premiere, and a positive sign that new artistic director Blake Robison will continue the company’s long tradition of fostering new theatrical works and emerging writers.  

Freud's Last Session (Review)

A whole lotta talking

0 Comments · Thursday, January 24, 2013
It’s Sept. 3, 1939. The father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund Freud, has invited to his London flat a young scholar of literature and theology from Oxford, C. S. Lewis.   

Memphis (Review)

Broadway production takes risks lyrically exploring '50s racial divide

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical, is loosely based on the story of a white disc jockey who crossed the color line and played black music on the radio in the racially divided Tennessee city, and it’s a story worth witnessing.  

High-Wire Act

Creator of 'Abigail/1702' grew up dreaming of being a playwright

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was in Chicago early in 2008, rehearsing the world premiere of a new play he had just written for Steppenwolf Theatre. The company was staging Arthur Miller’s legendary 1953 Tony Award winner, The Crucible, on its mainstage.
  

Richard II (Review)

CSC portrays the fall of a king

0 Comments · Monday, January 14, 2013
Audiences seeing Richard II will wonder why it’s not presented more often because this production works so well. The common wisdom is that Richard II is more about head than heart. Shakespeare’s other histories are full of glory and combat, whereas this play focuses on a king whose weakness leads to his downfall.     

Stagestruck

Cincy theaters put good shows on every stage in town

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Throughout the year I assign “Critic’s Picks” to noteworthy theatrical productions. As 2012 draws to a close, it seems like a good time to take a look back at some shows that made the grade.   

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) (Review)

OMG, it’s a BHC*

0 Comments · Monday, December 17, 2012
Starting in 2006, Cincy Shakes offered this raucous run-down of holiday tales, movies, TV specials and tunes at the courtyard at Arnold’s Bar & Grill downtown. This year it’s moved to CSC’s mainstage at 719 Race St., and tickets have been selling like candy canes.
  

Cinderella (Review)

Glitter and glitz abound in Covedale's holiday fairytale

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
It might not have occurred to you that Cinderella is a fairytale for the holidays, but at the Covedale Center they’ve made it into a cheerful family-friendly extravaganza, decked out with tinsel, glitter, snow, a midwinter ball and Christmas caroling.
  

Auggie Smith Talks "The Man," Marriage and More

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2012
With the re-election of Barack Obama last month, many people who were closely following politics and current events reached a burnout point the day after the election. Comedian Auggie Smith reached that stage almost a full year earlier.