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Onstage: Shipwrecked!

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Shipwrecked! tells the tale of Louis de Rougemont’s life of adventure, tracking him from a sheltered boyhood in Victorian London to a long, eventful sea voyage, shipwreck near Australia; lonely exil  

Krisit (Review)

Clifton Performance Theatre production ranges from vicious to witty and back again

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Y York's play, staged by Mark Lutwak, who is the Cincinnati Playhouse's education director (and also York's husband), is a ribald comedy with a point to make about aging and superficial behavior.   
onstage 5-15 - measure for measure - kelly mengelkoch & brent vimtrup - photo rich sofranko

Stage Door: Near Season's End

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 24, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company finishes its run of Measure for Measure this weekend (CityBeat review here). It's a dark tale of hypocrisy and manipulation, with a few glimmers of ribald humor. Director Brian Phillips has transported the story from Renaissance...  

Shipwrecked! (Review)

An adventurous story of storytelling

0 Comments · Friday, May 24, 2013
The Playhouse is wrapping up its 53rd season with Donald Margulies’s 2007 script, Shipwrecked!. Concluding Blake Robison’s first season as artistic director, the show continues his promise to offer family-friendly plays designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of Playhouse theatergoers  

Rising Stars

LCT singles out great theater productions and performers for 2012-2013

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 23, 2013
I wrote my Curtain Call column before the League of Cincinnati Theatres held its Monday night awards gala at The Know Theatre. So I thought you might want to learn the results. I'm glad to report that the LCT voters and I agreed about the season's best shows: I thought that Know Theatre's W...  

Navigating the Novelties

The Cincy Fringe Festival returns to Over-the-Rhine in all its fringy glory

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
My first tip: Don’t think you can outwit the Fringe. I like to say that the festival is best described as theater roulette. Give the cylinder a whirl, pull the trigger and see what comes at you. Sometimes it might be what you expect, but more often than not you’ll be surprised.   

Onstage: The Fringe Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 So what tips can I offer, as the 10th Cincinnati Fringe Festival is about to begin? I’ve attended these annual round-ups of theater, dance, comedy, music, monologues and oddball unclassifiable  

Handing Out Awards

1 Comments · Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) presented awards for the 2012-2013 theater season on May 20 at Know Theatre, too late to report the results in this issue of CityBeat. So I want to offer some thoughts and my own choices.  
dale hodges in krisit - photo jim springfield

Stage Door: Choices, Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 17, 2013
As the 2012-2013 theater season winds down, there are still several good productions worth seeing: You can still be entertained by the froth of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns at Ensemble Theatre (which runs through June 1), intrigued by the dark comedy Measure for Measure at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (through May 26; CityBeat review   

Onstage: Sunset Boulevard

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, created in the mid-1990s was his last big show to have some measure of success, including a two-year run on Broadway. Even at that, however, the musical versio