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Onstage: Henry V

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In Henry V, the profligate Prince Hal has succeeded his bellicose father and sobered up to the bad state of affairs in England.   

Pageantry, History and a Few Laughs

0 Comments · Monday, May 11, 2015
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is engaged in an ambitious effort to become only the second theater company in the U.S. to present Shakespeare’s eight history plays in historical order.   
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Stage Door: Trips Down Memory Lane

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 7, 2015
If you're feeling nostalgic, Cincinnati stages have several offerings for you to enjoy. Let's start with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Cincinnati Playhouse. It's set in the present, but Vanya, one of three angsty siblings, thinks that contemporary life is missing the point, and he yearns for things he loved during his childhood in the 1950s. He love them to the point tha...  

Onstage: Outside Mullingar

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Outside Mullingar lands squarely between those extremes, connecting with his family’s roots in rural Ireland for a tale of identity, heritage and love.   
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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's 30th season will present three world premieres, the revival of a great musical and Cinderella

{CommentsCant} · Monday, May 4, 2015
While other Cincinnati theaters hustle to get their seasons announced in order to ramp up subscription sales, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati has built enough faith with its audiences that they'll start signing up sight unseen. Artistic Director Lynn Meyers tells regulars that they'll be pleased, and they take her at her word; she adds that if they aren't happy with the shows she picks, they can have ...  

Perhaps Covedale's 'Sound of Music' Could Have Been Better

0 Comments · Monday, May 4, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is a classic show from late in the Golden Age of Broadway musicals, made all the more iconic its 1965 cinematic rendition starring Julie Andrews.   

Durang's Comedy Has a Warm Heart Surrounded by Laughs

0 Comments · Monday, May 4, 2015
Until Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang’s plays haven’t moved me. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed his sarcastic, often cynical works...  
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Stage Door: Durang and One Dang Funny Dysfunctional Family

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 1, 2015
Christopher Durang's witty comedy Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike opened last night at the Cincinnati Playhouse. If that title makes you think of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, well, that's part of the playwright's comic plan. But his script reassembles some of those wry comic elements with a few modern twists. The three characters with Chekhovian names are siblings with wildl...  

Christopher Durang's Chekhovian Blender

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Christopher Durang got an early start as a playwright. “When I was 8,” he told The Juilliard Journal (he teaches playwriting at the Juilliard School), “I announced to my mother I was going to write a play. It was my own two-page version of an I Love Lucy episode...  

Onstage: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony and Drama Desk awards for best play, has been the most produced play on American stages for two seasons with nearly 40 theaters presenting it.