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Web Onstage: Letter-perfect

Spelling Bee's adolescent humor is fresh and funny

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
If you've suffered through the angst of puberty (who hasn't?), you'll identify with the characters in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This recent musical by William Finn (it was a   

Web Onstage: Back to Bedford Falls

Playhouse offers a "wonderful" story, well told

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
You've probably seen Frank Capra's 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life more than once. Because someone failed to renew the copyright on the film, it became a ubiquitous TV holiday presence starting in   

Web Onstage: Madness and Beauty

Ovation's Valhalla has a split personality

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
If you don't know the plays of Paul Rudnick, you should: He's a very funny guy, able to generate great quips at the slightest turn of events. Valhalla, a play he created in 2004, is a fine example   

Web Onstage: Stringing Along

ETC's Pearls offers 27 characters in 90 minutes

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
For perhaps half of its 90 intermission-less minutes Michelle Lowe's String of Pearls is as discerning and as lively as the sleek, chic regional premiere production it was given by director D. Lynn  

Web Onstage: Airborne

Playhouse's Ace is an old-fashioned musical

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Richard Oberacker, a theatrical composer with local roots (Anderson High School and UC's College-Conservatory of Music), writes in the program for Ace, currently onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse  

Web Onstage: Laugh a Lot

Classic Monty Python routines plus Broadway parodies

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
If you've loved the absurd humor of the British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus -- especially their classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail --get out your coconuts and clippity-clop   

Web Onstage: He Says/She Says

You'll "wanna see" Know Theatre's current production

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
When I write a review, I invite you to take my word for it. Some readers trust my judgments and insights; others (although I can't imagine why) might prefer an opinion from another reviewer. And  

Web Onstage: Madness and Beauty

Ovation's Valhalla has a split personality

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
If you don't know the plays of Paul Rudnick, you should: He's a very funny guy, able to generate great quips at the slightest turn of events. Valhalla, a play he created in 2004, is a fine example   

Web Onstage: Not Enough

ETC's concert version of Mack and Mabel has some missing parts

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Playing pioneer filmmaker Mack Sennett, Gary Sandy sings, "I promised you a happy ending" to wrap up the classic Jerry Herman musical Mack and Mabel, opening the 2006 season at Ensemble Theatre of   

Web Onstage: New Old World

Piazza's light shines bright but could use a tighter focus

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Adam Guettel's award-winning Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza lacks some of the bells and whistles (not to mention helicopters and chandeliers) that have become the calling cards for rec  

Web Onstage: A Dream of a Show

Cirque's Quidam blends aesthetic circus acts with acrobatics, music and theatricality

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 23, 2006
As a theater critic, I see a lot of amazing things onstage, but Cirque du Soleil's Quidam was a new experience for me. Combining circus conventions, acrobatics, music and a strong sense of theat  

Web Onstage: Wow Moment

Solid leads and production value rescue Showbiz's Pimpernel

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
The curtain-opening moment in Showbiz Players' production of The Scarlet Pimpernel is exactly why there are curtain openings in musicals. The reveal of the elaborate sets and stunning costumes as t  

Web Onstage: Moving in Opposite Directions

Playhouse's Last Five Years a worthy addition to modern musical canon

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2005
The best moments of modern musical theater -- and truly theater itself -- are those that are the most difficult to watch. Those moments of broken hearts. Of dreams dashed. Of promises failed. Of lo