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Offbeat Holiday Shows

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It’s early December and time for you to decide which hip holiday show you want to take in. Of course, you just missed last weekend’s tour stop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, a musical adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss tale about the green meanie Christmas hater, a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Onstage: Striking 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Falcon Theater knows its way around offbeat musicals. For the holidays, they offer one with a Rock score and puppets. Music trio Groove Lily created this concert event off-Broadway in 2004 with a  
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Stage Door: Holidays Are Here

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 29, 2013
OK, the holidays are officially here. If you have any strength left after shopping last night and all day today, there are numerous theatrical offerings to consider.On Wednesday night, I attended the opening of a musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a touring production at the Aronoff through Sunday. I suspect most everyone knows the story (which certainl...  

Thankful for 'Twelfth Night'

1 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So it’s Thanksgiving week and I’m wandering down memory lane to offer an insight into why I’m thankful to be a theater critic. I grew up in a small town near Cleveland, acted (poorly) in some high school productions and was infected with an abiding love for theater. As a teenager I sought out productions at places like the Cleveland Playhouse and summer seasons at Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.

Onstage: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!The Musical

0 Comments · Monday, November 25, 2013
Thanks to a 1966 animated TV special, Dr. Seuss’ 1957 story about the mean-spirited Grinch’s efforts to ruin the holiday celebrations in Whoville has become a beloved tale. Despite his dastar  

Onstage: A Christmas Carol

0 Comments · Monday, November 25, 2013
Charles Dickens is surely the patron saint of many theaters. His beloved tale of Scrooge’s re-education by ghosts on Christmas Eve has kept many afloat with holiday productions. The Cincinnati   
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Stage Door: Comedies Abound

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 22, 2013
The theater season takes a bit of a pause around Thanksgiving, since many companies are readying holiday productions. But there are plenty of choices available this weekend. I'm not the only one who enjoyed the laugh-fest that is The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) at the Cincinnati Playhouse. I've heard numerous people who saw it say they were recommending it to others. In ...  

Onstage: Twelfth Night

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Regulars at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company have enjoyed petite but dynamic performer Sara Clark in roles ranging from Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice to the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist.   
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Stage Door: Theatre Large and Small

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 15, 2013
There's a fine community theater production of A Chorus Line at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. It's by Cincinnati Music Theatre, and they've recruited a talented cast of dancers, singers and actors to tell the stories of 16 performers competing for roles in the chorus of a Broadway show. There are many fine performances in this show — the characters become known, ...  

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) (Review)

The Reduced Shakespeare Company's fast-and-furious foray is a dizzying night's entertainment

0 Comments · Friday, November 15, 2013
These guys are truly adept jokesters, physical shtick, wordplay, music, improv — they can do it all and they are, right here in Cincinnati.