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Onstage: Moby Dick Rehearsed

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Herman Melville’s legendary 1851 novel of seafaring mysticism and peril might not seem an easy choice for theater, but the legendary Orson Welles reinvented it in 1955 by employing the device of a S  

Carrie: The Musical (Review)

1 Comments · Monday, September 23, 2013
It takes a brave theater company to stage Carrie: The Musical. Since 1988 when it lasted for just five nights on Broadway and lost its $8 million investment, it’s been ridiculed nearly as much as its beleaguered central character.  
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Stage Door: Choices, Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 20, 2013
Lots of choices to fulfill your appetite for good theater this weekend. Best bet is to catch one of the final performances of Other Desert Cities at Ensemble Theatre (Sunday at 2 p.m. is your last chance), the story of parents and children who just can't get along. (CityBeat review   

Haunting Tales, Flying High

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Occasionally I like to discuss where plays and musicals come from. We have two interesting examples locally this month: a touring production of Ghost the Musical at the Aronoff and the Cincinnati Playhouse’s regional premiere of Fly, a historical drama presented with imaginative staging.  

Onstage: Carrie: The Musical

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A musical version of Stephen King’s creepy novel Carrie about a bullied adolescent girl who unleashes telekinetic vengeance on her persecutors had a rocky Broadway premiere in 1988, when it closed a  

Fly (Review)

Straighten up and fly right

0 Comments · Monday, September 16, 2013
Fly’s story is one that’s important to the evolution of America, and it’s done in this production with such verve and passion that I know audiences will respond.  
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Stage Door: Back in Business

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 13, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is typically the first professional theater in town to start the season, and that's the case for 2013 with Other Desert Cities that opened a week ago. You can read my review; I really appreciated the powerhouse cast performing the show. Th...  
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Landmark Productions Won't Return to Showboat Next Year

Theatre company to focus on Covedale Center after 23 years on the river

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Abandon ship! Well, that's not exactly true. In fact, Cincinnati Landmark Productions has done a remarkable and loving job of sustaining the ship — in the form of the Showboat Majestic, which it has operated for 23 years in the face of at least 10 floods and countless repairs (including a leaky hull). But with its lease running out later this month, the company has decided not to return for...  

Onstage: Fly

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park takes flight this week — more or less. The show is Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s Fly, a story inspired by heroes from World War II.  
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Stage Door: A Substantial Start to September

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 6, 2013
The first week of September always brings an avalanche of theater productions, and that's exactly what's available to you this weekend. I'll start with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's Other Desert Cities, which opened on Wednesday. You can read my