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Stage Door: Choices Galore

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 8, 2013
I had occasion to be in downtown Dayton on business earlier this week and thought I'd stay for the evening to catch the Human Race Theatre Company's production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Loft Theatre. It's not a space you'd immediately think of for this often large-scale show, but director Kevin Moore has pu...  

Onstage: Boeing, Boeing

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And Gabriella. And Gretchen. His timetable of flights in and out of Paris has kept the three flight attendants from crossing paths. But Boeing’s faster engine disrupts   

Bull (Review)

Strong acting and staging in latest Know Theatre production

0 Comments · Monday, November 4, 2013
You won’t like anyone you see onstage in this savage tale. You’ll probably question your own enjoyment of the show’s dark humor and vicious actions.  
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Stage Door: Musicals Galore

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 1, 2013
If you love musicals, you should run, don’t walk to the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music this weekend for the short run of Singin’ in the Rain. It's a fabulous recreation of the iconic 1952 movie that featured Gene Kelly. It's about the transition from silent to talking pictures in the late 1920s. Even if you’ve never seen the film, I’m bet you k...  

Plays for Young Audiences Take Root "Off the Hill"

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
When I mention the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, you likely think of the theater that sits on the hilltop above Mount Adams...But the folks who run the Playhouse know that new audiences must be continuously cultivated, and for that reason, they deliver performances through a program they call “Off the Hill,” which tours shows for young audiences to community arts centers across the Tristate.  

Flashdance (Review)

Lively choreography spices up an otherwise bland production

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The philosophy picked up by Flashdance: The Musical’s welder/wanna-be-dancer Alex (Jillian Mueller) from her mentor is that trying and falling is better than not trying at all. Its touring production is still trying, including its current stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. And it does have its moments, mostly when the energetic cast is dancing.  

Onstage: Flashdance The Musical

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 29, 2013
What a feeling! That’s what Broadway in Cincinnati expects local audiences to recall from the hit movie that danced its aerobic way into the hearts of moviegoers 30 years ago. Dance is indeed  

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