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Stage Door: Weekend Theater Picks

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 18, 2014
There are several good theater choices south of the Ohio River this weekend.

The theater (and dance) program at Northern Kentucky University presents a truly varied array of programming — this season has included a play by Orson Welles, the legendary musical South Pacific, Shakespeare's As You Like It and more. The academic year's final production Monty Python's Spamal...  
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Know to Announce 2014 Fringe Lineup Tonight

Eleventh-annual fest kicks off May 27

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
This evening at its Jackson Street headquarters in Over-the-Rhine, Know Theatre of Cincinnati will announce the lineup for the 11th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The two-week festival begins on Tuesday, May 27, with the CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party, and continues through Saturday, June 7, presenting 33 productions — 17 plays, two musicals, seven solo performers, six dance presentat...  
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Know Theatre Announces 2014 Fringe Festival Lineup

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
This evening at its Jackson Street headquarters in Over-the-Rhine, Know Theatre of Cincinnati revealed the lineup for the 11th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival to a crowd of nearly 100 enthusiastic supporters and performers. The two-week festival begins Tuesday, May 27, with the CityBeat Frin...  

The Formula at Covington's Carnegie Is Working

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
You won’t find cutting-edge material onstage at the Carnegie. The theater’s managing director Joshua Steele has mastered two elements: He collaborates with a wide array of local theater artists and companies, and he produces works that are, by and large, familiar fare.  
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Stage Door: Green Day and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 11, 2014
If you follow music coverage in CityBeat (hey, isn't that really why you pick up the paper?), you're certainly aware of Green Day's 2004 recording American Idiot. But since you're reading my weekend theater previews, you must be interested in other kinds of performance, so here's a tip: For two nights only, Green Day's American Idiot, a stage version of the powerful ...  

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Louisville’s annual theater festival features imaginative new plays

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays, presented annually by Actors Theatre of Louisville, came to its tumultuous conclusion last weekend, capping off ATL’s 50th anniversary season...  
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Playhouse World Premiere 'Seven Spots on the Sun' Earns National Recognition

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Actors Theatre’s Humana Festival is indeed a launching pad for exciting new works. That makes its final weekend the perfect moment for the American Theatre Critics Association to recognize a set of outstanding plays produced at regional theaters during 2013. None of the 2013 Humana Festival shows was nominated, but one of the three works to win a significant cash prize ($7,500) was Martín Zimme...  

Onstage: Gypsy

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 8, 2014
To many theater historians, Gypsy is the greatest show from the Golden Age of Musicals.  

Plays and Musicals: What's the Difference?

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
As CityBeat’s theater critic, I write about plays and musicals, so I’m occasionally asked which I like better. The truth is I appreciate both forms. But they are distinct, so let me hold forth on some differences and similarities.  

Onstage: The Twentieth-Century Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth-Century Way starts as a tale of two actors auditioning for a show, but it evolves into a story of a near-forgotten slice of American history: 1914 in Long Beach, Calif., when police hired actors to entrap gay men in the crime of “social vagrancy.”