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‘Secret Garden’ at Cincinnati Playhouse: Gorgeous But Complicated

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2015
For more than a century, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden has charmed young readers. It’s not what you might expect relative to today’s “young adult” fiction...  

'Motown: The Musical' — Go For the Great Tunes

0 Comments · Thursday, September 10, 2015
Motown: The Musical is one of those shows that gets the moniker of “jukebox,” and this one totally deserves it, since it offers nearly 60 tunes that cover a span of more than 30 years of Pop music.  

Doing It for Love in ‘A Chorus Line’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Let me admit right up front that I’m a total sucker when it comes to A Chorus Line. No matter how many times I’ve seen it (quite a few over the past four decades since it opened on Broadway in 1975), there are still moments that grab at my heartstrings and bring tears to my eyes.   

Onstage: The Secret Garden

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Blake Robison is the guy who makes the artistic decisions at the Playhouse in the Park, and he’s committed to shows that appeal across generations.   
seven guitars @ actors theater louisville 2015 (l-r) forrest mcclendon, j. alphonse nicholson_photo credit by bill brymer

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Theater seasons starts movin’

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 4, 2015
There’s a lot more coming next week, once we get past Labor Day, but right now there’s just one theater locally with a production onstage. That’s the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Director Tim Perrino has been reminding everyone that just because Cincinnati Landmark Productions has opened the Incline Theatre, don’t think that the Covedale has shut down. In fact, it has ...  

Power Down — and Prepare for Bliss

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
For the past two Septembers I’ve written columns about theater etiquette. In 2013, my headline was “Behave Yourself,” and last year I updated it to “Behave Yourself 2.0.” Please don’t think me old-fashioned, but it’s time for another reminder — I’m not the only one concerned about this.  

Keeping it Fresh

Looking back on three decades of new works and talent at Ensemble Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
This year marks Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 30th anniversary. It was launched in 1986 to support local professional artists, driven by strong faith in the transformative power of the arts to create sustainable communities.   

Onstage: A Chorus Line

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The dancers who back up Broadway productions are called “gypsies.” They lead anonymous lives, but they’re passionate, dedicated performers.  

Onstage: Luna Gale

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Ensemble Theatre doesn’t pull any punches with the opener for its 30th season.  
shakespeare in the park crowd - photo provided by cincinnati shakespeare company

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Park your theatergoing outdoors

{CommentsCant} · Friday, August 28, 2015
At this point in the summer you have to look a little harder for theater productions. Most of our local companies are rehearsing for shows to open their 2015-2016 seasons. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see, especially if you’d like to enjoy theater in the great outdoors.
Queen City Flash’s performances of The Complete Tom, from Mark Twain’s tales about Tom Saw...