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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...  

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Safe House explores a little known dimension of freedom at the Cincinnati Playhouse

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I thought I knew quite a bit about American history before I read Keith Josef Adkins’ new play, Safe House, about to have its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  

Onstage: Safe House

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Safe House, about a “free family of color” in 1843 Kentucky, has its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  
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Stage Door: An Iliad, Varekai, and Other Items of Note

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 17, 2014
On Wednesday evening I attended one of the most remarkable solo performances I've ever seen: Bruce Cromer starring in An Iliad at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.  Based on Homer's epic poem about the Trojan War, the poetic but dynamic script calls on one actor to play a dozen or so charac...  

An Iliad (Review)

Cromer gives an astonishing, memorable performance in ETC’s An Iliad

0 Comments · Thursday, October 16, 2014
Bruce Cromer's embodiment of Poet is an acting performance to cherish, one of the most powerful I have ever witnessed onstage.

A Poet (and an Actor) Explore the Nature of War: You See?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Bruce Cromer’s performance as The Poet in An Iliad is no easy task. He’s playing a world-weary soul, sick of repeating tales of devastation and death.  

Onstage: Cirque du Soleil Varekai

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In this touring show, a solitary young man falls from the sky — perhaps it’s Icarus who flew too close to the sun? — into a magical forest populated by fantastic creatures.   

Onstage:The Birds

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Alfred Hitchcock scared the bejesus out of folks with his 1963 movie about killer birds. The original story by Daphne du Maurier was more recently adapted by Irish playwright Conor McPherson.  
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Stage Door: A Whale, Two Brothers and a Beast

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 10, 2014
Know Theatre sets sail this weekend with tonight's opening of Moby Dick. It's Herman Melville's great American novel stripped down to its bare essentials of men at sea doing battle with a creature that maimed their obsessive captain. It's Know's first main stage show staged by new artistic director Andrew Hungerford, who's teamed with co-director Michael Burnham, retired from CCM but no doubt as i...  

Onstage: Moby Dick

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
A stage adaptation of Moby Dick by Julian Rad washes ashore at Know Theatre this week.