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Peter and the Starcatcher (Review)

Laughing all the way to Neverland

0 Comments · Monday, March 16, 2015
For anyone yearning to return to childhood for a few hours — reveling in clever wordplay, fart jokes and an adventure won “against impossible odds” — this show is a must-see.  
stage door 3-13 - peter & the starcatcher @ cincinnati playhouse - black stache (tom story) threatens peter (noah zachary) - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Not Parrots — It's Pirates!

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 13, 2015
I seldom laugh out loud when I'm watching a comedy, but I found myself doing just that more than once at last night's opening of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Cincinnati Playhouse. You can read about this show and the appeal of Peter Pan here, but let me simply say this is a deliriously silly b...  

He's Flying!

Peter Pan is everywhere these days — including the Cincinnati Playhouse

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Peter Pan is a Johnny-come-lately in the world of fairytales.  

Onstage: Peter and the Starcatcher

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is about to present another work inspired by Peter Pan: Peter and the Starcatcher.   

Onstage: Transmigration Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 10, 2015
That fancy-sounding title uses a word that means “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another.”  
peter pan at ccm -  photo mark lyona

Stage Door: Pirates, Indians, Lost Boys and Little Women

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 6, 2015
I wanted to start today's note about theater opportunities for this weekend by bringing your attention to my CityBeat column here, a tribute to my late friend Tom McElfresh, who passed away in February. Tom was a Cincinnati theater critic in the 1970s and ’80s who I...  

Just Think About It: Tom McElfresh, 1935-2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
At a CityBeat party 10 years ago an acquaintance pulled me aside and asked earnestly, “When you write a harsh review of a play, do you use a different byline? Is it Tom McElfresh?”   

Onstage: Little Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Cincy Shakes production of Little Women captures the vivacity of Alcott’s stories about the March sisters and their lives.   

Onstage: Peter Pan

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Don’t let the disappointing TV production of Peter Pan in December keep you away from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s production of this delightful show.  

Little Women (Review)

'Little Women' grow large at Cincy Shakes

0 Comments · Monday, March 2, 2015
Let’s hear it for the girls! Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s excellent female performers are showcased in the regional premiere of Emma Reeve’s stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.