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Onstage: The Revolutionists

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (simultaneously with another, Native Gardens).  

Love List 2016: D. Lynn Meyers

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A job at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the 1980s laid the foundation for an impressive theatrical career, directing plays and casting movies. In 1995, Ensemble Theatre turned to her at a dark moment when it seemed to be on the brink of closing.  
stage door 2-5 - ifthen on tour - anthony rapp & jackie burns - photo joan marcus

Stage Door

A musical worth seeing, events at Know (one serious, the other entertaining) plus a Super Bowl commercial

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 5, 2016
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey met with great success when they created next to normal, winning several Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama. They didn’t strike gold with their next show, If/Then, onstage locally for just a week in a touring production — but I found it to be a very satisfying, if complex work. (Read my Curtain Call interview with Kitt and Yorkey  

The Courage to Ask, ‘What If?’

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If/Then traces a pair of divergent paths for Elizabeth, a city planner who returns to New York after a painful divorce. When her future is hijacked by fate — epitomized by two very different friends — her life splits into two parallel outcomes.
  

'BlackTop Sky': Painful Reality

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The view from the asphalt-paved courtyard surrounded by housing projects isn’t a pretty sight. In fact, the desolate space with nothing but a pair of park benches is downright depressing for Ida...  

What's Your Story?

True Theatre and other storytelling endeavors connect Cincinnatians

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
"Tell me a story.” That’s been a human desire since prehistoric times as tales have been spoken from person to person and passed from place to place, even before they were written down.   

Onstage: If/Then

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If/Then, is another show that’s wholly their own creation. It’s currently onstage at the Aronoff Center.  

Onstage: Native Gardens

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
When longtime, waspy residents are proud of their formal garden and the young Hispanic couple moving in next door prefer a more natural “native garden,” the temperature goes up.  

The Ups and Downs of Strong Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Audiences will laugh and gasp at Karen Zacarías’ amusing Native Gardens at the Cincinnati Playhouse and feel troubled by the plight of a fighter pilot in George Brant’s gripping Grounded at Ensemble Theatre.  
kathleen wise as the pilot in grounded at ensemble theatre - photo by ryan kurtz

Stage Door

Going to war — one way or another

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 29, 2016
There are so many things happening on local stages it’s a bit of a challenge make recommendations. But every one of these productions has some sort of conflict at its heart. Grounded opened Wednesday night Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. George Brant’s a one-woman script is about a fearless fighter pilot whose career is cut short by an unexpected pregnancy, marriage and parent...