Home · Articles · By Rick Pender
Rick Pender

Onstage: League of Cincinnati Theatres Awards

0 Comments · Monday, May 13, 2013
The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) celebrates the 2012-2013 theater season with an awards program at Know Theatre. LCT judging panels have made nominations of outstanding productions, actors and   
cock photo- deogracias lerma

Stage Door: Stock Up

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 10, 2013
Nothing new onstage this week, but lots of good work continues as we head toward the summer when theater gets scarce. Now's the time to stock up.

This is the final weekend for Cock at Know Theatre. (Some publications call it The Cockfight Play, but Cock is Mike Bartlett's actual title for his play.) It's the story of a man who thought he was gay but now fin...  

Is ETC Doing — or Overdoing?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
“If something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing,” proclaims one of the spunky gals in the current iteration of The Marvelous Wonderettes at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati this month. ETC apparently agrees, since this is the fourth consecutive year it has staged one of Roger Bean’s retro shows featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s.  

Onstage: Measure for Measure

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
It might surprise you to learn that Shakespeare’s tale of hypocrisy and extreme morality is considered a comedy. Left in charge of Vienna, the puritanical Angelo condemns Claudio to be executed for   

Measure for Measure (Review)

Cincy Shakes presents strange brew of drama, comedy

0 Comments · Monday, May 6, 2013
Director Brian Isaac Phillips has set his production in the U.S. in the 1920s. It’s a good match to Jacobean London and we are given visual insight into the characters — from puritanical tyrants in three-piece business suits to loose men in fur coats and lowlife women as flappers.  
measure for measure copy 2

Stage Door: Shake It Up

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 3, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opens its production of the infrequently staged Measure for Measure tonight. Director Brian Isaac Phillips says, “We have discovered a lot of satire and wit as we explore the biting social criticism in this play. The behavior of these characters … is like a dark comic mirror, held up to nature. Shakespeare has written a play that begs us to ex...  

Double Indemnity (Review)

Cincinnati Playhouse production is playful, thrilling

0 Comments · Friday, May 3, 2013
Tough guys. Dames. Desperation. Shadows. Cynical narration. Sexual motivation. The Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Double Indemnity has all the requisite elements of film noir.   

Sister Act (Review)

Talent of touring cast provides a night of fun

0 Comments · Friday, May 3, 2013
Sister Act is full of stereotypes and predictable humor, but its all done with energy and polish, which makes it worth seeing.   
photo joan marcus

Well, Bless My Soul: 'Sister Act' is Fun!

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 2, 2013
You probably remember Whoopi Goldberg's popular film Sister Act from 1992, an unlikely story about an aspiring singer who witnesses a murder and needs to be hidden until the trial — in a convent. Of course, the contrast between Goldberg and the staid nuns, especially the Mother Superior (played by Maggie Smith). It became a musical in 2009 in London, in 2011 on Broadway and now a touring ...  

Onstage: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
The regional premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes in 2010 was the best-selling show in the 27-year history of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. The Doo-Wop gals, Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean and Suzy