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Power of Storytelling

Mary Zimmerman's mythic tales are landing on local stages

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“I’ve always lived with one foot in an imaginary world. I’ve never grown out of that,” Mary Zimmerman says. When she was a child, her academic parents took her along for stays in England and France. A British teacher read to her from Homer’s Odyssey, and Zimmerman, at age 5, was captivated.   

Onstage: Revelation

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Who knew the End of Days could be so much fun? Untethered Theatre is offering its first 2014 production, the regional premiere of up-and-coming playwright Samuel Brett Williams’ dark comedy Revelati  
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Broadway in Cincinnati Announces 2014-15 Season

Tony winners fairytales and Pop titles to grace Aronoff audiences

{CommentsCant} · Monday, February 3, 2014
Broadway in Cincinnati today is announcing its 2014-2015 season, which will bring back The Lion King for a month-long run in April 2015 as well as the 2012 Tony Award winner, Once, which has a two week run in mid-November 2014. Lion King had a record-breaking engagement at the downtown Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center in 2007, and the winner of 1998’s best musical...  
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Stage Door: Full Weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 31, 2014
Lots of plays not previously seen in Cincinnati are good theater choices this weekend:Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati just opened its regional premiere of Tribes by Nina Raines on Wednesday, and I've given it a Critic's Pick. The story circles around two young adults from families with very different approaches to deafness. Billy's family has tried to give him a "normal" life by ...  

Clybourne Park (Review)

Then and Now: Clybourne Park at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Bruce Norris’ award-winning Clybourne Park (Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize) employs clever writing and vivid characters to aim squarely at issues such as racism and intolerance that we might think we have moved beyond.  

Pluto (Review)

Crossing Wires Between Reality and Fantasy: Pluto

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Know Theatre is presently staging Steve Yockey’s new play Pluto, the second of four “rolling world premieres.” The work is not easy to describe, to watch or to like. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing — but it’s challenging.  
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Advising a Louisville Theatre Field Trip

Actors Theatre's "Pirates of Penzance" is a joyous, festive hoot from start to finish

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, January 28, 2014
If I could charter a bus and offer you transportation to Louisville over the next few days to see a production at Actors Theatre, I'd happily do so. I made the drive to see a Sunday matinee of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, "reimagined by The Hypocrites." This zany group of theater artists from Chicago have found contemporary ways to inject new energy into tr...  

Onstage: Tribes

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Billy is the deaf son of a really noisy family. He’s found ways to cope with their boisterous, contentious lives, but they haven’t done the same for him. When he makes friends with a young woman w  
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Stage Door: 'Clybourne Park' and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 24, 2014
I caught the opening night of the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Clybourne Park last night. The play won the theater triple crown: Tony for best play on Broadway, Olivier for best play in London, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama. It's being staged by a lot of big theaters this season, but you need go no farther than Mount Adams to see what all the fuss is about. And t...  

Playing Favorites

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two weeks ago, I spoke to a group of high school kids about being a theater critic. One asked, “What’s your all-time favorite show?” I was stumped.