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Baseball, mysterious Scotland, Romans (and countrymen) and an astronomer

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 29, 2016
Need suggestions for a good theater production to attend this weekend? Here are some good choices on Cincinnati stages. Last night I attended the opening of Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing at the Cincinnati Playhouse. It’s an inventive recreation of the legendary African-American pitcher who found his fame eclipsed by Jackie Robinson. The changes wrought by events in 194...  

Politics and Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
when I clicked on a Jimmy Kimmel Live! video a few months back and saw Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom and Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, I thought it was a scene from that Tony Award winner. They were hatching a scheme to make money — but this time not with a stinker of a Broadway show. Instead, they needed a stinker of a politician.  

Onstage: Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
History suggests Satchel Paige was the greatest pitcher of all time. But his career preceded the moment that professional baseball’s color line was crossed.  
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Noble Romans, ambitious astronomers, fairy tales and one bad girl

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 22, 2016
You have more theater choices this weekend than time, I suspect, so choose carefully depending on the kind of show you most enjoy. If it’s a classic, I suggest you check out Julius Caesar at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This tale of one of history’s most memorable political assassinations is one of Shakespeare’s shorter plays, about two hours and 15 minutes. But it’s ...  

Play by Play

For 40 years, Louisville’s Humana Festival has been showcasing new works for American theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Doing anything for 40 consecutive years is a noteworthy feat, especially when that “thing” is producing new plays.
  

Strong Women: For Better or Worse

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It’s not so rare today to see a play with a woman as its focal character. Two current Cincinnati productions define opposite ends of the spectrum of admirable and despicable characters.  

Onstage: Beauty and the Beast

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The story of Belle, a smart young woman, and her romance with a Beast (a handsome prince under a spell) is a “tale as old as time,” but its tour stop in Cincinnati is short — only five days.  
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Emperors, assassins, a whole lotta Shakespeare and a feisty mongoose

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 15, 2016
We’re closing in on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616, and today is the Ides of April (that means the 15th of the month), so let’s start with several notes about the Bard. Cincinnati Shakespeare’s production of Julius Caesar continues this weekend (it’s onstage through May 7). You might recall that the emperor’s assassination happened on the Ides o...  

The Perils of New Edgecliff Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Once upon a time, popular theater was the realm of melodramas with dastardly villains, heroic champions and damsels in distress. New Edgecliff Theatre has experienced its own run of “perils” that seem to be the modern-day equivalent of the challenges faced in those long-ago productions.  

Onstage: The Last Five Years

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It’s not unusual for a movie, play or musical to follow the arc of a relationship. But Jason Robert Brown’s musical exploration of Jamie’s and Cathy’s coming together and breaking up charts a pair of parallel but opposite paths.