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Onstage: Mad River Rising

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Cincinnati Playhouse opens Mad River Rising, a play by Dana Yeaton that artistic director Blake Robison produced two decades ago in New Hampshire.  

Onstage: Death of a Salesman

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman is coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the playwright’s birth.  
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Stage Door: A Dying Salesman, Barbra Streisand and a Prince in Search of Meaning

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 16, 2015
There are almost too many good shows for you to enjoy this weekend, but depending on what you like, you’ll probably find it somewhere.

Cincy Shakes production of Death of a Salesman doesn’t open until tonight, but all sings point to a strong production, headlined by one of our region’s best actors, Bruce Cromer, as beaten-down Willie Loman, who I interviewed for my Ci...  

Buyer and Cellar (Review)

A passion for humor at Ensemble Theatre

0 Comments · Thursday, October 15, 2015
This performance by Nick Cearley had me laughing out loud, even when I knew what was coming. He’s that good.  

Twenty Years of the Aronoff

Once controversial, the multifaceted performing arts center is now downtown’s go-to venue

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
As the Aronoff Center for the Arts marks its 20th anniversary on Oct. 21, it’s generally known as the place to be for major performances by Broadway touring shows, lectures, comedians, musical acts and more. But back in the early 1990s, it was a controversial project.  

Fathers, Sons and Theatrical Honesty

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Some plays become classics because they last across time — Shakespeare’s plays are still produced after 400 years. That’s what’s usually onstage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, but they also dig into more recent “classics,” qualified by elemental stories that burn fiercely.  

Spectacle and Storytelling: 'Pippin' at the Aronoff

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Critic's Pick: Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz is drawn to storytelling. His first show, Godspell, took parables from the New Testament and enlivened them with happy, emotional melodies.   

Onstage: Buyer and Cellar

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Did you know that Barbra Streisand has a personal shopping mall filled with memorabilia in the basement of her lavish Malibu estate?  

Know and CCM Drama's Demented Take on Spanish History

0 Comments · Monday, October 12, 2015
Know Theatre continues its second season under the artistic direction of Andrew Hungerford with more experimental and adventurous fare, producing new works and connecting with new collaborative partners.  
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Stage Door

Sex and violence, plus an irreverent take on history

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 9, 2015
I gave a Critic’s Pick to the Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Sex with Strangers, a new play by Laura Eason (who’s written scripts for House of Cards on Netflix). Ethan, an arrogant 28-year-old blogger has turned his writing about sexual conquests into a best-selling book, w...