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Stage Door: Pirates, Indians, Lost Boys and Little Women

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 6, 2015
I wanted to start today's note about theater opportunities for this weekend by bringing your attention to my CityBeat column here, a tribute to my late friend Tom McElfresh, who passed away in February. Tom was a Cincinnati theater critic in the 1970s and ’80s who I...  

Just Think About It: Tom McElfresh, 1935-2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
At a CityBeat party 10 years ago an acquaintance pulled me aside and asked earnestly, “When you write a harsh review of a play, do you use a different byline? Is it Tom McElfresh?”   

Onstage: Little Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Cincy Shakes production of Little Women captures the vivacity of Alcott’s stories about the March sisters and their lives.   

Onstage: Peter Pan

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Don’t let the disappointing TV production of Peter Pan in December keep you away from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s production of this delightful show.  

Little Women (Review)

'Little Women' grow large at Cincy Shakes

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2015
Let’s hear it for the girls! Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s excellent female performers are showcased in the regional premiere of Emma Reeve’s stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.   

Stage Door: Cincinnati Theaters Generating Heat, Despite Cold Weather

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 27, 2015
Last weekend's snowstorm canceled performances at several local theaters (including the Cincinnati Playhouse), so you might have had several days without theater. Is it time to make up? I finally caught up with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Little Women​ last night, and I'm glad of it. While the weather is still cold and sidewalks still treacherously icy, the warmt...  

August: Osage County (Review)

Truth telling: watch out

0 Comments · Thursday, February 26, 2015
George Washington was known for never telling a lie. But telling the truth — even the so-called truth — can be a hazardous path, as evidenced by the meltdown of the Weston family, who populate Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Announces 22nd Season

Four works by the Bard, plus timeless works by Arthur Miller, Jane Austen and Edmond Rostand — plus a few extras — make for a busy season

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
As I wrote on Monday, season announcements from Cincinnati theaters are a sure sign that warmer days are ahead. The temperature cranked up a few more notches tonight when Cincinnati Shakespeare Company announced its 2015-2016 season. It’s no secret that ...  

Onstage: August: Osage County

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Tracy Letts’ 2008 play was a throwback to another era, a three-act, three-hour drama about a dysfunctional family colliding in the arid flatlands of the Oklahoma plains when their father goes missing.  
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Playhouse Announces World Premieres and Other Works for 2015-2016

Cincinnati Landmark Productions also has big plans in store for the coming season

{CommentsCant} · Monday, February 23, 2015
I don’t pay much attention to Groundhog Day for signs of spring, and Reds Opening Day is way too late to celebrate the promise of warmer weather. My key indicator for when spring is just around the corner is when Cincinnati-area theaters start announcing their upcoming seasons. (In fact, Cincinnati Landmark Productions was the first out of the gate a few weeks back; more about that in a moment.)...