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Stage Door: Green Day and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 11, 2014
If you follow music coverage in CityBeat (hey, isn't that really why you pick up the paper?), you're certainly aware of Green Day's 2004 recording American Idiot. But since you're reading my weekend theater previews, you must be interested in other kinds of performance, so here's a tip: For two nights only, Green Day's American Idiot, a stage version of the powerful ...  

Growing Up

Louisville’s annual theater festival features imaginative new plays

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays, presented annually by Actors Theatre of Louisville, came to its tumultuous conclusion last weekend, capping off ATL’s 50th anniversary season...  
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Playhouse World Premiere 'Seven Spots on the Sun' Earns National Recognition

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Actors Theatre’s Humana Festival is indeed a launching pad for exciting new works. That makes its final weekend the perfect moment for the American Theatre Critics Association to recognize a set of outstanding plays produced at regional theaters during 2013. None of the 2013 Humana Festival shows was nominated, but one of the three works to win a significant cash prize ($7,500) was Martín Zimme...  

Onstage: Gypsy

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 8, 2014
To many theater historians, Gypsy is the greatest show from the Golden Age of Musicals.  

Plays and Musicals: What's the Difference?

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
As CityBeat’s theater critic, I write about plays and musicals, so I’m occasionally asked which I like better. The truth is I appreciate both forms. But they are distinct, so let me hold forth on some differences and similarities.  

Onstage: The Twentieth-Century Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth-Century Way starts as a tale of two actors auditioning for a show, but it evolves into a story of a near-forgotten slice of American history: 1914 in Long Beach, Calif., when police hired actors to entrap gay men in the crime of “social vagrancy.”   

Onstage: Henry IV

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cincinnati Shakespeare has just opened a three-week production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.   

Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Review)

Cincy Shakes' testosterone-laden production is full of boys and a lot of noise.

1 Comments · Monday, March 31, 2014
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, nearly finished with the immense task of staging all 38 of Shakespeare’s surviving plays over its 20-year history, has launched another noteworthy effort.  

A Delicate Ship (Review)

Playhouse world premiere brings another excellent new play and writer to Cincinnati audiences

0 Comments · Friday, March 28, 2014
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park hit a home run with its world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship on the Shelterhouse stage.  

Onstage: A Delicate Ship

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 25, 2014
A Delicate Ship is about a complicated love triangle that unravels in unexpected ways.