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Stage Door: 'Cabaret' and Halloween Fare

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 25, 2013
The Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Cabaret is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of musicals. (CityBeat review here.) Kander and Ebb's Tony Award winner from the late '60s has been brought to the main stage with inventive verve by veteran Broadway choreographe...  

Cabaret (Review)

Playhouse production is a provocative modern musical

0 Comments · Friday, October 25, 2013
Despite the jaunty title tune, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s 1966 musical Cabaret is not a happy tale of love or triumph.   

Onstage: Cabaret

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 22, 2013
In 1966, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical was way ahead of its time. Although it’s nearly a half-century old, the show still feels like a piece of ultra-modern experimentation. Set in a sle  

Of Mice and Men (Review)

Great acting brings a callous world to life

0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men are victims of bigotry and persecution, and life is treated callously. Lennie and George’s friendship, built on familiarity and kindness, is sadly trampled by an uncaring world, quick to judge and destroy. This is a deeply moving production.
  
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Stage Door: Choices, Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 18, 2013
My best recommendation for this weekend is Ensemble Theatre's staging of Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn. This is an ultra-natural piece of writing with several generations of women arguing and contesting over the ways women should behave. (CityBeat review   

Learning Experiences: Cincy Shakes and Xavier Theater Collaborate

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is partnering with the theater program at Xavier University to stage Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. (Oct. 25- Nov. 3; tickets are $15-$30; 513-745-3939.) This came about because Stephen Skiles, who heads XU’s theater program, is friends with Brian Isaac Phillips, CSC’s artistic director. Skiles was an acting intern at the Cincinnati Playhouse 16 years ago when Phillips was recruited to fill out a cast.  

Onstage: Of Mice and Men

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 15, 2013
John Steinbeck’s literary classic of enduring friendship in the face of unendurable hardship in Depression-era America is the next offering at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.   

Rapture, Blister, Burn (Review)

Women with issues

0 Comments · Monday, October 14, 2013
The play’s title, a distillation of its evolution of emotion and circumstance, is a lyric from an obscure Rock tune, and it’s an apt précis of the story’s arc. The script could easily have descended into a soap opera-like drama or a silly comedy, but it does not. Gionfriddo is a masterful writer of witty, provocative dialogue, and her characters are painfully real.
  
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Stage Door: Solid Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 11, 2013
Several great choices for theatergoing this weekend. At the top of your list should be Rapture, Blister, Burn at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. I was at the opening of Gina Gionfriddo's 2013 Pulitzer Prize runner-up on Wednesday, and it's another fine example of the kind of excellent production we've come to expect from ETC. Lynn Meyers has a knack for finding exactly the right acto...  

Onstage: Rapture, Blister, Burn

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati keeps the hits coming from Broadway’s A-list.Gina Gionfriddo’s tale of grass that’s greener on the other side of the fence was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012. With