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Stage Door: Tickets Available for 'War Horse'

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 5, 2013
I'm off to the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville this weekend, where I'll be checking out plays that could well be on their way to theaters across America in future seasons. For those of you staying here in Greater Cincinnati, there's lots of good stuff to get out and see onstage:
War Horse completes its Cincinnati stop on Sunday. I heard ...  

Onstage: The Book Club Play

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The title of the Cincinnati Playhouse’s current production, The Book Club Play, straightforwardly describes the show (presented in the Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre), a comedy about five people with  

Onstage: Parade

1 Comments · Tuesday, April 2, 2013
In 1913, a tragedy of many aspects happened in Atlanta. Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager, was wrongfully accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl who worked in the pencil factory he oversaw and he w  

The Book Club Play (Review)

Dynamic, fast-paced comedy flips tables on character studies

0 Comments · Friday, March 29, 2013
The Book Club Play  a comedy about five people with some personal history who come together for monthly conversations about books, progresses — perhaps more accurately, regresses — through a series of novels reflecting tastes, aspirations and differences.    

War Horse (Review)

Hand-crafted life-size puppets spin emotional tale with heart and soul

0 Comments · Thursday, March 28, 2013
In addition to the imaginative stage work, War Horse features stage-wide projections, evocative music and more than 30 actors who play numerous roles and quickly assemble simple but suggestive props and bits of scenery.  
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Look for 'American Idiot: The Musical' in Cincinnati Next Year

Aronoff to host Green Day-inspired Punk Rock opera in spring 2014

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Two weeks ago I caught a touring performance of American Idiot: The Musical when it made a three-evening stop at Dayton's Victoria Theatre (see review here). The performance of Green Day's album transformed into a musical theater piece was a noisy blast of def...  

Seasons Greetings

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Here are the ingredients: a couple of Broadway and off-Broadway hits, three world premieres, a lavish Jane Austen show, a classic musical by Kander and Ebb, an innovative drama with tap dancing and video, plus holiday festivities...   

Onstage: War Horse

1 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In 2007, a friend from London told me about the “most amazing show ever” at the National Theatre of Great Britain. The show was War Horse, the story of a horse named Joey, the boy who raised him a  
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Playhouse Announces 2013-14 Season

Blake Robison to stage "Cabaret," "Pride and Prejudice" among compelling new work

{CommentsCant} · Monday, March 25, 2013
“People look to the Cincinnati Playhouse for classic entertainment and the best contemporary theatre,” says Blake Robison, producing artistic director, as he announces his second season, coming in September. For 2013-2014 he’s assembled an array of big titles — including the classic Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret and a stage adaptation of Jane Aus...  
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Stage Door: Comedy, Conflict and Classics

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 22, 2013
My schedule hasn't afforded me the time to see the production of Don't Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, a show that began its life in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival back in June. (It also was a festival highlight at the IndyFringe in Indianapolis in August.) But the very tongue-in-cheek piece inspired by the film Ghostbusters (but not allowed to s...