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Web Onstage: Tragedy Within

NET's Fool for Love could be a bit less foolish

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The world of Sam Shepard's 1983 play Fool for Love is a surreal one where love and relationships are twisted and incomplete, and time circles back on itself. The deeper we dig, the more incohere  

Web Onstage: Smokin'

The music is rich; the humor is silly

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Back in 1991 when director Alan Bailey and writer Connie Ray's original Smoke on the Mountain (SOTM) was new, The Raleigh News-Observer in North Carolina remarked how it "celebrates a lost age of in  

Web Onstage: Defining Tragedy

New Stage sets a high standard with Albee's The Goat

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
If you're looking for an evening of light-hearted entertainment, don't choose The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Edward Albee's Tony Award winning play getting its regional premiere by New Stage Col  

Web Onstage: Eccentric

ETC's Souvenir portrays a singer who couldn't sing

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Florence Foster Jenkins was fond of saying, "People may say I can't sing, but they can't say I didn't sing." If you attend Souvenir, the final production by Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, yo  

Web Onstage: NKU says Y.E.S. to new theater

Northern Kentucky University's answer to the Humana Festival in Louisville is the biennial YEAR END SERIES FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS. The first Y.E.S. Festival was launched in 1983, and below you can read commentary by CityBeat's theater reviewers to the show

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Historical Satire: In the Wake of King Death REVIEW BY MARK STERNER More than 75 years ago, Robert Frost penned these lines as a metaphor of the theater: "The play seems out for an almost indef  

Web Onstage: 31ST HUMANA FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN PLAYS (2007)

ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The 2007 edition of Humana Festival of New American Plays (back for year 31) ran between Feb. 25 and April 7. The festival is recognized as a major event in the theater world, the place where   

Web Onstage: 31ST HUMANA FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN PLAYS (2007)

ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The 2007 edition of Humana Festival of New American Plays (back for year 31) ran between Feb. 25 and April 7. The festival is recognized as a major event in the theater world, the place where   

Web Onstage: Harold and Maude at Dayton's Human Race Theater

Tom Jones' remake bares souls and celebrates life

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
When screenwriter Colin Higgins's movie, Harold and Maude (Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon), opened in 1972, Vincent Canby panned it in The New York Times and the showbiz trade paper, Variety, said it had  

Web Onstage: Disharmony

A string quartet struggles to make beautiful music in ETC's Opus

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
You would imagine, I suspect, that a string quartet must be a set of people who finish each other's sentences, who might "be like four instruments played with one bow." That's the illusion, at leas  

Web Onstage: Still Ticking

Carson Kreitzer's 1:23 tries to understand unfathomable acts

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Several people have asked me what 1:23 is about. Carson Kreitzer's new play, premiering this month at the Cincinnati Playhouse, could be seen as one of those yanked-from-the-headlines pieces, since  

Web Onstage: Twist and Shout

ETC's Fiction keeps audiences guessing what's real and what's dreamed up

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Admired novelist Linda Waterman (Amy Warner) tells a class of writing students that her most respected teacher once said, "The lies begin when we lift the pen." The distance between lies and fi  

Web Onstage: Screen to stage

12 Angry Men offers a tight ensemble of character actors

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Some theater snobs disdain television and actors who work in the medium. Of course, there's a lot of dreck on TV, but the tube employs many good actors and occasionally generates material that t  

Web Onstage: Holiday Send-Up

Cincinnati Shakespeare shows off its comic side at Arnold's

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is offering an amusing send-up of holiday shows, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings through Dec. 19. If you've laughed y  

Web Onstage: A New View

Taft shows off A Western View: Five Paintings by Henry Farny

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Artist Michael Scott thinks Henry Farny was one fine painter but suggests in the subtext to his own exuberant narrative works in Michael Scott: Farny Fables, now at the Taft Museum, that the Europe  

Web Onstage: Holiday Send-Up

Cincinnati Shakespeare shows off its comic side at Arnold's

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is offering an amusing send-up of holiday shows, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings through Dec. 19. If you've laughed y