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Cirque, two revivals and an amateur astronomer

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 6, 2016
I’ve seen — and enjoyed — a number of Cirque du Soleil shows, but they didn’t prepare me for Toruk: The First Flight, currently at U.S. Bank Arena. This is one of Cirque’s newest productions, less than a year old, and it’s enormous, reproducing the world of Pandora in the distant Alpha Centauri star system — familiar to moviegoers as the setting for James Cameron’...  
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Cincy Shakes Pours First Cement — and Cements a Big-Deal Conference for 2018

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company today made its “first pours” of cement on Wednesday afternoon, May 4, getting started on the foundation for the new Otto M. Budig Theater at 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine. This is the beginning of construction for a brand-new 244-seat theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s home starting in the fall of 2017. Project cost is estimated at $17 million.

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
In Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, now onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse, it’s not just Paige that yearns for change — other characters include ballplayers eager to move up and a young woman aspiring to a career as a club singer.  

Onstage: Brigadoon

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This old-fashioned show from 1949 is just the kind of musical that Cincinnati Landmark Productions excels at staging.  
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Baseball, mysterious Scotland, Romans (and countrymen) and an astronomer

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 29, 2016
Need suggestions for a good theater production to attend this weekend? Here are some good choices on Cincinnati stages. Last night I attended the opening of Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing at the Cincinnati Playhouse. It’s an inventive recreation of the legendary African-American pitcher who found his fame eclipsed by Jackie Robinson. The changes wrought by events in 194...  

Politics and Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
when I clicked on a Jimmy Kimmel Live! video a few months back and saw Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom and Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, I thought it was a scene from that Tony Award winner. They were hatching a scheme to make money — but this time not with a stinker of a Broadway show. Instead, they needed a stinker of a politician.  

Onstage: Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
History suggests Satchel Paige was the greatest pitcher of all time. But his career preceded the moment that professional baseball’s color line was crossed.  
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Noble Romans, ambitious astronomers, fairy tales and one bad girl

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 22, 2016
You have more theater choices this weekend than time, I suspect, so choose carefully depending on the kind of show you most enjoy. If it’s a classic, I suggest you check out Julius Caesar at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This tale of one of history’s most memorable political assassinations is one of Shakespeare’s shorter plays, about two hours and 15 minutes. But it’s ...  

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For 40 years, Louisville’s Humana Festival has been showcasing new works for American theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Doing anything for 40 consecutive years is a noteworthy feat, especially when that “thing” is producing new plays.
  

Strong Women: For Better or Worse

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It’s not so rare today to see a play with a woman as its focal character. Two current Cincinnati productions define opposite ends of the spectrum of admirable and despicable characters.