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Onstage: Circle Mirror Transformation

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is a deceptively simple play — on the surface, it’s a comedy about five people enrolled in a community center class about learning how to act.  

Onstage: Cincy Fringe Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A total of 40 shows (selected by 24 jurors) will be presented during the 12 days of the 2015 Fringe, split almost exactly between shows generated by local creators and productions from elsewhere in the U.S., plus four international acts.  

Stage Door: Take a Trip to Ireland?

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 15, 2015
If you debating which show you might go see this weekend, my strong recommendation is Ensemble Theatre's Outside Mullingar (ETC, 5/6-24). It's a great script by John Patrick Shanley (who wrote the award-winning play Doubt and the award-winning screenplay Moonstruck). It's set in Ireland, so the characters are overflowing with dry wit. And the actors playing them are a quartet of the performers who...  

Games of Life and Learning: 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Wendy Goldberg knows her way around new plays. After two decades of staging them, mostly in Chicago, she moved to Connecticut to lead the O’Neill Theatre Center...  

Precipitation, Parenting and (Ultimately) Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a kind of cockeyed Irish love story, focusing on two generations, parents at odds with offspring and that younger generation struggling to find their own balance in the world.

Onstage: Three Days of Rain

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain is a mystery that unfolds in reverse.  

Onstage: Henry V

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In Henry V, the profligate Prince Hal has succeeded his bellicose father and sobered up to the bad state of affairs in England.   

Pageantry, History and a Few Laughs

0 Comments · Monday, May 11, 2015
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is engaged in an ambitious effort to become only the second theater company in the U.S. to present Shakespeare’s eight history plays in historical order.   
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Stage Door: Trips Down Memory Lane

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 7, 2015
If you're feeling nostalgic, Cincinnati stages have several offerings for you to enjoy. Let's start with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Cincinnati Playhouse. It's set in the present, but Vanya, one of three angsty siblings, thinks that contemporary life is missing the point, and he yearns for things he loved during his childhood in the 1950s. He love them to the point tha...  

Onstage: Outside Mullingar

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Outside Mullingar lands squarely between those extremes, connecting with his family’s roots in rural Ireland for a tale of identity, heritage and love.