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A Delicate Ship (Review)

Playhouse world premiere brings another excellent new play and writer to Cincinnati audiences

0 Comments · Friday, March 28, 2014
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park hit a home run with its world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship on the Shelterhouse stage.  

Onstage: A Delicate Ship

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 25, 2014
A Delicate Ship is about a complicated love triangle that unravels in unexpected ways.  

The Mountaintop (Review)

MLK’s last night makes for a moving production at ETC

0 Comments · Monday, March 24, 2014
Audiences will be deeply moved by this imaginative recreation of a moment in history and the very real man who changed America.  

Stage Door: Excellent Options

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 21, 2014
The three-week run of the tour of Wicked wraps up this Sunday at the Aronoff Center. It's a faithful reproduction of the Broadway hit, with performers who can give you the experience of seeing the original, a kind of prequel to The Wizard of Oz. (Tickets, $38-$188: 513-621-2787, but each performance has a pre-show lottery; if your name is pulled, you can buy a ticket for ...  

Pride and Prejudice (Review)

Cincinnati Playhouse takes on beloved Austen characters

0 Comments · Friday, March 21, 2014
Jane Austen’s familiar characters in Pride and Prejudice have all but taken on the status of real people. Everyone who loves this 1813 novel of love and manners “knows” Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, to be sure...  

Coming to a (Movie) Theater Near You

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I love going to the movies, but I leave writing about them to others, especially my CityBeat colleague tt stern-enzi, who routinely offers a perspective worth reading. Nevertheless, I’m going to local cineplexes more often for digital transmissions of theater from around the world.  

Onstage: The Mountaintop

0 Comments · Monday, March 17, 2014
Katori Hall’s play, The Mountaintop, features two people in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, where King spent his last night.  
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Stage Door: Broadway's Future

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 14, 2014
I had a glimpse of Broadway's future last night on campus at UC. I attended Not Yet Famous, the 22nd edition of CCM's musical theater showcase, featuring the about-to-graduate senior class. The 19 vibrant performers presented a 45-minute program that they'll take to New York City on April 7 to present to casting agents, producers and others. It's how they begin to land contracts and establi...  

Onstage: Pride and Prejudice

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s up-and-down affair, comes to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  

Onstage: Wicked

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Audiences come to Wicked because they already love it and want to see it again (and again). It’s certifiable, guaranteed entertainment. And that’s what they’re getting.