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Onstage: Seven Spots on the Sun

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Many theaters across America brag about presenting world premieres, but few can rival the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, which this week opens a new work for the 68th time. Up-and-coming write  
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Stage Door: Memory Lane

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 27, 2013
Perhaps this weekend you want to take a last-chance trip down Memory Lane. You have that option as the Showboat Majestic is wrapping up its production of Showboat Follies, the final show that Cincinnati Landmark Productions will stage on the historic vessel. It's a revue of songs and skits that should be fun if not profound, but if you go (final performance is Sunday), you'll b...  

Ghost: The Musical (Review)

Musical based on film has more flash than heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Producers of musical theater are always on the prowl for material that already has some emotional traction and romantic tales that were films when today’s audiences were young and in love are ripe for conversion into theatrical works. It’s possible to do this with some success, but I’m afraid that the folks who’ve translated the film into Ghost: The Musical didn’t have enough faith in the story.  

Onstage: Moby Dick Rehearsed

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Herman Melville’s legendary 1851 novel of seafaring mysticism and peril might not seem an easy choice for theater, but the legendary Orson Welles reinvented it in 1955 by employing the device of a S  

Carrie: The Musical (Review)

1 Comments · Monday, September 23, 2013
It takes a brave theater company to stage Carrie: The Musical. Since 1988 when it lasted for just five nights on Broadway and lost its $8 million investment, it’s been ridiculed nearly as much as its beleaguered central character.  
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Stage Door: Choices, Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 20, 2013
Lots of choices to fulfill your appetite for good theater this weekend. Best bet is to catch one of the final performances of Other Desert Cities at Ensemble Theatre (Sunday at 2 p.m. is your last chance), the story of parents and children who just can't get along. (CityBeat review   

Haunting Tales, Flying High

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Occasionally I like to discuss where plays and musicals come from. We have two interesting examples locally this month: a touring production of Ghost the Musical at the Aronoff and the Cincinnati Playhouse’s regional premiere of Fly, a historical drama presented with imaginative staging.  

Onstage: Carrie: The Musical

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A musical version of Stephen King’s creepy novel Carrie about a bullied adolescent girl who unleashes telekinetic vengeance on her persecutors had a rocky Broadway premiere in 1988, when it closed a  

Fly (Review)

Straighten up and fly right

0 Comments · Monday, September 16, 2013
Fly’s story is one that’s important to the evolution of America, and it’s done in this production with such verve and passion that I know audiences will respond.  
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Stage Door: Back in Business

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 13, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is typically the first professional theater in town to start the season, and that's the case for 2013 with Other Desert Cities that opened a week ago. You can read my review; I really appreciated the powerhouse cast performing the show. Th...