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Advising a Louisville Theatre Field Trip

Actors Theatre's "Pirates of Penzance" is a joyous, festive hoot from start to finish

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, January 28, 2014
If I could charter a bus and offer you transportation to Louisville over the next few days to see a production at Actors Theatre, I'd happily do so. I made the drive to see a Sunday matinee of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, "reimagined by The Hypocrites." This zany group of theater artists from Chicago have found contemporary ways to inject new energy into tr...  

Onstage: Tribes

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Billy is the deaf son of a really noisy family. He’s found ways to cope with their boisterous, contentious lives, but they haven’t done the same for him. When he makes friends with a young woman w  
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Stage Door: 'Clybourne Park' and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 24, 2014
I caught the opening night of the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Clybourne Park last night. The play won the theater triple crown: Tony for best play on Broadway, Olivier for best play in London, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama. It's being staged by a lot of big theaters this season, but you need go no farther than Mount Adams to see what all the fuss is about. And t...  

Playing Favorites

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two weeks ago, I spoke to a group of high school kids about being a theater critic. One asked, “What’s your all-time favorite show?” I was stumped.   

Onstage: Clybourne Park

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Have we truly managed to cross a racial divide? Not according to Bruce Norris, whose award-winning play gets its regional premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park this week. Spinning two   

Stage Door: 'South Park,' Sondheim and Shakespeare

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 17, 2014
The big buzz is around The Book of Mormon, the musical by the South Park guys that's rude, crude and sweet, all at once. An acquaintance of mine aptly describes it as "blasphemy without malice." Regardless of what you call it, it's the talk of the town, and a lot of peop...  

Onstage: Book of Mormon

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Have faith. That’s the hilarious lesson of The Book of Mormon, crusading for laughter in its current missionary effort, er, touring stop, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. While a few local blueno  

Onstage: The Sound of Music

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Did you see Carrie Underwood in the December telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music? You can compare her performance (thought to be a tad wooden by many viewers) with that of Abiga  

Hamlet (Review)

Actor Brent Vimtrup makes Shakespeare classic feel fresh and new

0 Comments · Monday, January 13, 2014
When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet around 1600 he could not have imagined it would become one of the great dramas of all time. The tale of “carnal, bloody, unnatural acts” was for audiences at Londo  

Book of Mormon (Review)

No joke (well, maybe): This show will change your life

0 Comments · Thursday, January 9, 2014
Have faith. That’s the hilarious lesson of The Book of Mormon, crusading for laughter in its current missionary effort, er, touring stop, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.