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Onstage: Hello, Dolly!

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Cincinnati Landmark Productions no longer presents a summer season on board the Showboat Majestic, but fear not: They’ve scheduled a season of shows at the Covedale Center that are the kind of fare Showboat audiences have loved for more than two decades.  
stage door 5-16 - north pool @ cincinnati playhouse - eli gelb & ted deasy - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Cat-and-Mouse Games at the Playhouse

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 16, 2014
You really can't go wrong with a show at the Cincinnati Playhouse this weekend. I gave both productions Critic's Picks. The North Pool, on the Shelterhouse stage through June 1, is a taut dialogue between a suspicious high school vice principal and a wary student of Middle Eastern descent. (CityBeat review   

Community Theaters: We've Gotta Crow

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I don’t have the bandwidth nor does CityBeat have enough space to write often about community theaters — groups of volunteers who produce and perform in shows, often for audiences in a specific neighborhood — but that’s not because they don’t do a good job.  

Onstage: Peter Pan

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As a kid in the 1950s, I watched a memorable TV broadcast of a Broadway musical, Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin as the spritely leader of the Lost Boys — flying high above the stage, singing “I’ve Gotta Crow” and doing battle with Captain Hook.  

The North Pool (Review)

A most satisfying drama at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Monday, May 12, 2014
The North Pool leads you down a circuitous path. More than once you’ll think you know what’s behind this conversation and where it’s headed.   

Size Matters (Review)

Ensemble production is thoughtful, funny and engaging

0 Comments · Monday, May 12, 2014
This simply staged, entertaining piece of theater will make you like a guy you might have otherwise dismissed.  
the north pool @ cincinnati playhouse - eli gelb and ted deasy - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Thoughtful Performances

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 9, 2014
There are quite a few good options for theatergoing this weekend. First and foremost, I'd point to The North Pool at the Cincinnati Playhouse. It's a newish script from Rajiv Joseph (his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a runner up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize), and it's a very timely piece, set in 2007 in a large public high school. Just two characters: a slightly d...  

Onstage: Size Matters

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Size Matters is a one-man show getting its premiere at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.  
stage door 5-2 - venus in fur @ cincy playhouse - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Rare Shakespeare, Romance and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 2, 2014
If you're looking for a show that will get things going romantically, I'll point you to the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Venus in Fur (onstage through May 17). But be careful what you wish for: You might end up like playwright/director Thomas with your hands full of more than you wanted to take on. He's seeking an actress to play the central role in his...  
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Ensemble Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 2, 2014
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's artistic director D. Lynn Meyers has assembled another set of intriguing productions for 2014-15, opening with the musical Hands on a Hardbody (September), a Tony-nominated 2013 musical with a book by Doug Wright, the playwright of I Am My Own Wife and bookwriter for Grey Gardens, both hits for past ETC seasons. This one is based on a 19...