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Shakespeare and Stoppard: The Absurdity of Existence

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Whether or not you’re a Shakespeare aficionado, you’ve certainly heard of Hamlet, generally considered one of his greatest plays, if not one of the greatest works ever written for the stage.  

Onstage: Hamlet

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 7, 2014
To go or not to go? Is that really a question? Hey, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, thought by some to be the greatest play of all time. So it’s one you shouldn’t miss. Hamlet is   
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Stage Door: Couple of Classics

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 3, 2014
Truth to tell, midnight has already passed and Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg thinks he's missed the deadline for getting "around the world in 80 days." But his faithful servant Passepartout (played with manic energy by the always amusing Michael G. Bath) saves the day by sorting out travel across time zones. Your deadline has not quite passed, since Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's inventiv...  

Here Comes 'The Book of Mormon'

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
It’s time for Cincinnatians to fasten their seatbelts, since this entertaining but overtly offensive Broadway musical The Book of Mormon opens next week at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.   

Onstage: Around the World in Eighty Days

0 Comments · Monday, December 30, 2013
Since opening this holiday musical in early December, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati has taken audiences around the globe nearly 30 times. There are just seven more outings before Phileas Fogg and Passep  
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Stage Door: Post-Holiday Options

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 27, 2013
Don't despair that the Christmas holiday is behind you. Several theaters are still staging enough cheer to keep you going for another week or so. Here's what continues this weekend: At the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park you'll find the traditional Christmas favorite A Christmas Carol as well as The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) onstage through Sunday. It feel...  

Onstage: The Complete History of Comedy: Abridged

0 Comments · Thursday, December 26, 2013
Need a few good laughs to round out your holiday season? The Cincinnati Playhouse has the perfect show for you on its Shelterhouse stage. Three guys race through the history of comedy — from it  

Local Stages Kept Things Interesting in 2013

0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
How was 2013 as a year for plays and musicals in Cincinnati? From where I stand — or sit, since I’m most often in a seat at one of our local theaters — it stacked up pretty well.  

Stage Door: Wrapping up Holiday Shows

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 20, 2013
It's the final weekend for most holiday shows, and there are lots of good choices. I'm ranking today's listings according to the laugh-o-meter, starting with the most hilarious: No. 1: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some). This is the eighth year the Cincinnati Shakespeare has put this show together, but it's fun even for if you've been before. The...  

Onstage: The Twelve Dates of Christmas

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 17, 2013
In this 70-minute solo show, Annie Kalahurka plays Mary, a New York actress who comes back to Ohio for Thanksgiving with her family, only to see her fiancé kissing another woman on national TV during