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Holiday Humor for Hilarity Hunters

0 Comments · Monday, December 16, 2013
Ready to move beyond the predictable in your pursuit of holiday theater? Three shows offer varied choices. A Klingon Christmas Carol gets its local premiere by Hugo West Theatricals at the Art Academy of Cincinnati through Dec. 22.  
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Stage Door: Holiday Cheer

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 13, 2013
It's Friday the 13th, but if you're in the mood for holiday shows, this is your lucky weekend. Just about every theater in town has something onstage aimed at getting you into the Christmas spirit, making you laugh, diverting you from the stress of being cheerful or just poking fun at the ways of the world (at least the world of commercialism we see in America today).Perhaps you've already do...  

Attention, Holiday (Theater) Shoppers!

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Just a few more shopping days before Christmas. Theater is a great idea for last-minute gifts. Start a tradition that’s easy to repeat year after year. A trip to see a show is a wonderful gift, especially for kids. My earliest memory of theatergoing is my grandfather taking me to see the musical Brigadoon. I still remember it.

Onstage: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare brings back — for the eighth consecutive year — a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite Christmas stories. They do it with four actors and in 90 minutes, skewe  

Offbeat Holiday Shows

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It’s early December and time for you to decide which hip holiday show you want to take in. Of course, you just missed last weekend’s tour stop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, a musical adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss tale about the green meanie Christmas hater, a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Onstage: Striking 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Falcon Theater knows its way around offbeat musicals. For the holidays, they offer one with a Rock score and puppets. Music trio Groove Lily created this concert event off-Broadway in 2004 with a  
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Stage Door: Holidays Are Here

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 29, 2013
OK, the holidays are officially here. If you have any strength left after shopping last night and all day today, there are numerous theatrical offerings to consider.On Wednesday night, I attended the opening of a musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a touring production at the Aronoff through Sunday. I suspect most everyone knows the story (which certainl...  

Thankful for 'Twelfth Night'

1 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So it’s Thanksgiving week and I’m wandering down memory lane to offer an insight into why I’m thankful to be a theater critic. I grew up in a small town near Cleveland, acted (poorly) in some high school productions and was infected with an abiding love for theater. As a teenager I sought out productions at places like the Cleveland Playhouse and summer seasons at Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.

Onstage: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!The Musical

0 Comments · Monday, November 25, 2013
Thanks to a 1966 animated TV special, Dr. Seuss’ 1957 story about the mean-spirited Grinch’s efforts to ruin the holiday celebrations in Whoville has become a beloved tale. Despite his dastar  

Onstage: A Christmas Carol

0 Comments · Monday, November 25, 2013
Charles Dickens is surely the patron saint of many theaters. His beloved tale of Scrooge’s re-education by ghosts on Christmas Eve has kept many afloat with holiday productions. The Cincinnati