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Stage Door: Broadway Here, Broadway There — It's Everywhere

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 14, 2014
If you're looking for good theater this weekend you have two great choices at downtown Cincinnati's Aronoff Center. It's your pick: Recent Broadway hit Once, in a touring production, or a past award-winner, Young Frankenstein, staged by one of Cincinnati's best community theaters.

The musical Once began life as an Academy Award-winning film in 2007; the song "F...  

What’s New Onstage? What’s Popular?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Cincinnati has a theater scene that’s surprisingly sophisticated for a city this size.  

Onstage: Once

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The musical Once, based on a low-budget 2006 independent film of the same name, earned eight Tony Awards in 2012, including the Broadway season’s best new musical.   

Onstage: Driving Miss Daisy

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Two of Cincinnati’s finest local professional actors are sharing the Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig stage in a production of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.  

Stage Door: No Tricks, All Treats – Theater Choices for Halloween Weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 31, 2014
Don't be scared. Just because it's Halloween, you don't have to miss out on good theater. In fact, there are some great deals available. For instance, this weekend is your last chance to see Ensemble Theatre's production of An Iliad (CityBeat review here), a one-man retelling ...  

Into the Woods (Review)

Covedale’s Into the Woods is hopeful, if not happy ever after

0 Comments · Friday, October 31, 2014
If you’re excited by the imminent arrival (Dec. 25) of a movie version of Into the Woods, you can get ready for the experience by catching a performance of the show at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.  

Safe House (Review)

Safe House is a dangerous place

0 Comments · Friday, October 31, 2014
Although Safe House is the title of Keith Josef Adkins’ world premiere play at the Cincinnati Playhouse, the primitive but neat cabin inhabited by the Pedigrews, a free family of color in 1843 Kentucky, is a dangerous place.  

Ooh La La! Diane Lala Keeps Performers Moving at CCM

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
With a name like Diane Lala, she was apparently destined for a career in musical theater.  

Onstage: Into the Woods

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Stephen Sondheim took the Brothers Grimm to Broadway with this mashed-up fairytale musical.  

Stage Door: Safe House and Spooky Performances

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 24, 2014
Last night I was at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for the opening of Keith Josef Adkins' new play, Safe House, the 71st world premiere staged by our Tony Award-winning regional theater. (CityBeat feature story here.)

It's a fascinating piece that's about the little-known circum...