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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.   

Onstage: Clybourne Park

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Have we truly managed to cross a racial divide? Not according to Bruce Norris, whose award-winning play gets its regional premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park this week. Spinning two   
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Stage Door: 'South Park,' Sondheim and Shakespeare

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 17, 2014
The big buzz is around The Book of Mormon, the musical by the South Park guys that's rude, crude and sweet, all at once. An acquaintance of mine aptly describes it as "blasphemy without malice." Regardless of what you call it, it's the talk of the town, and a lot of peop...  

Onstage: Book of Mormon

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Have faith. That’s the hilarious lesson of The Book of Mormon, crusading for laughter in its current missionary effort, er, touring stop, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. While a few local blueno