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Ed Stern’s ‘Youth’

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ed Stern “retired” three years ago after two decades of artistic leadership at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. I put quotation marks around that word because he’s still busy as can be, much to the surprise of everyone — himself included.  

Growing Beyond 'Childish Things'

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Count on Know Theatre to come up with offbeat onstage stories. Joseph Zettelmaier’s All Childish Things has the appearance of just that: A trio of guys who remain stuck in childhood despite approaching age 30.  

Fun Times in the Forest of Arden

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Critic's Pick: One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, As You Like It, is Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s early holiday offering, and it’s a silly delight with a big cast.   

Shipshape and Seaworthy: H.M.S. Pinafore in Louisville

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Critic's Pick: Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore was a hit in 1878. The very tongue-in-cheek tale of class distinctions in the British Empire seems pretty creaky in 21st-century America.  

Onstage: All Childish Things

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
It’s 2006 and two thirtysomething guys still pine for the galactic adventures promised by Star Wars when they were kids.  
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Stage Door: Non-Holiday Holiday Shows

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 20, 2015
Several of our local theaters produce shows this time of year that are a kind of antidote to the usual fare of A Christmas Carol and other happy, merry tales. Three get under way this weekend: I went to a rockin’ party earlier this week, and you can, too — if you turn up for the Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Low Down Dirty Blues, through Dec. 20. That’s right,...  

A Home by Any Other Name

Cincy Shakespeare Company will relocate to a new artistic venue in Over-the-Rhine

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has announced plans for a new $17-million theater at the intersection of 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine, across from the southeast corner of Washington Park.  

Onstage: As You Like It

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Who knew cross-dressing could be such fun? Apparently Shakespeare did.   

Stage Door

Getting Down and Dirty After Hours

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 13, 2015
I’m in New York City this week to check out some Broadway shows, so I’m missing the opening night of the Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Low Down Dirty Blues. It’s the holiday “alternative” to A Christmas Carol, and alternative it is. It’s set in a nameless Blues club on Chicago’s South Side that’s closing for the night. But that’s just when the pa...  

Who’s on First?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I frequently extol the virtues of Cincinnati’s theaters. They are a subset, of course, of a vibrant arts scene — one that a friend of mine often says “fights above its weight class.”