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Jersey Boys (Review)

1 Comment · Saturday, December 1, 2012
Jersey Boys was a hit at the Aronoff in 2008, and Broadway Series subscribers have been asking for a return visit since then, with good reason.   

Alice in Wonderland (Review)

Ensemble Theatre offers a colorful, energetic take on classic tale

0 Comments · Friday, November 30, 2012
Alice in Wonderland works best when treated as an ensemble show, rather than a show about a dreamy little girl meeting a cast of supporting characters. This show does exactly that.  

The Importance of Being Earnest (Review)

Wilde's “trivial comedy for serious people” stays fresh, funny

0 Comments · Monday, November 26, 2012
It doesn’t matter whether your preference at teatime is for cake or muffins. You’ll be pleased with Cincinnati Shakespeare’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, full of sweets and bon mots.
  

Stand-Up Veteran Proves Clean Comedy Works

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
For stand-up comedy fans, few comics are as popular as Brian Regan. Like Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Louis C.K., Regan has built a large and loyal fan base without having been on a sitcom or starring in a hit movie. Now he has a career many comics would love.
  

Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Review)

Reviving America's Honky-Tonk hero

0 Comments · Monday, November 12, 2012
For a guy who spent most of his mental energy on comic books, “Hillbilly” singer Hank Williams surely knew how write songs that connected with people from all walks of life.
  

Under a Red Moon (Review)

Glimpse inside a serial killer's sensitive psyche in seesaw game of cat-and-mouse

0 Comments · Monday, November 5, 2012
The “Acid Bath Killer,” as British serial killer John George Haigh came to be known, is the subject of a new play, Under a Red Moon, in a world premiere production at Covington’s Carnegie Center. 
  

Romeo and Juliet (Review)

CSC adds 21st century overlay to Shakespearean classic

0 Comments · Monday, October 29, 2012
Staged by Brian Isaac Phillips, CSC’s artistic director, this production has been modernized. The inhabitants of “fair Verona” wear contemporary clothes, and their entertainment and behavior has  

Titus Andronicus (Review)

Violence and Steampunk style unite for bloody Shakespeare work

0 Comments · Monday, October 29, 2012
Director Jeremy Dubin has provided a different sort of filter for this interpretation of Titus Andronicus, that of the sci-fi genre of “Steampunk,” which presumes that the Victorian ingenuity of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells in the 19th century extended its steam-driven, mechanical technology prevailed in the 20th and 21st centuries.   

Brighton Beach Memoirs (Review)

Playhouse's first Neil Simon staging is honest, heartfelt

0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2012
It’s surprising that one of the most frequently produced and honored playwrights of the 20th century hasn’t previously had one of his works staged at our award-winning regional theater, but it’s almost worth the wait given the current staging of Neil Simon’s 1983 Tony Award winner, Brighton Beach Memoirs.   

I Do! I Do! (Review)

Fifty years of marriage onstage at Covedale

0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2012
The folks who run Cincinnati Landmark Productions know their audience: This is the kind of warm-hearted, old-fashioned show that appeals to their subscribers. But I Do! I Do! has really become a history lesson more than a romantic voyage.
  

Blue Man Group (Review)

Now say "Blue Man" — Ready Go!

1 Comment · Friday, October 19, 2012
 Drawing comparisons is a futile way to describe Blue Man Group. It’s a unique form of entertainment that includes music, electronica, childish gross-outs and silliness that owes a lot to the physicality Three Stooges and the silent slapstick of Harpo Marx.   

Mrs. Mannerly (Review)

Irrevent humor anchors ETC's Dale Hodges as straight-laced etiquette teacher

0 Comments · Friday, October 12, 2012
Silverware — and napkin folding and thank-you-card writing — are major topics of conversations in Jeffrey Hatcher’s semi-autobiographical Mrs. Mannerly, but the play is never dull or dry. Who knew place settings could be so entertaining?
  

Bill Burr: Completely Satisfied

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bill Burr is undoubtedly a comedian’s comedian, that rare comic who other stand-ups will go out of their way to see. However, Burr also has a sizeable and loyal fanbase that relishes in his observations on everything from Hitler to fast food.   

Through the Night (Review)

Daniel Beaty stands inside six different men and brings them to life

0 Comments · Monday, October 1, 2012
Daniel Beaty’s one-man-show, Through the Night, now on the Shelterhouse stage at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is an electrifying theatrical examination of fatherhood, family and faith.  

The Music Man (Review)

Showboat production is a celebration of America

0 Comments · Saturday, September 15, 2012
My historic experience with The Music Man makes me a serious judge of whether a production of this iconic show succeeds. As a one-time mayor of River City, I pronounce this one a success.