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Toil and Trouble (Review)

In-the-moment, fast-talking producting loses some humor in the fury

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble is a very new play inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The title page of her script calls it a “Scottish-ish” comedy. Know Theatre of Cincinnati is giving the script just its second production.

Onstage: Grease

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 30, 2013
This musical about hot-rodding, high-spirited teens at Rydell High ran for eight years on Broadway with good reason — great tunes in the ’50s style of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis plus lo  

Onstage: Love Rides the Rails at The Drama Workshop

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Drama Workshop (TDW), a venerable community theater, has recently established its home at the onetime Glenmore Bowl, built in 1928. In 2013 and 2014, for the second season at the Glenmore, a dive  
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Stage Door: Curtain Goes Up

{CommentsCant} · Friday, July 26, 2013
Finally, a weekend with some theater choices for your entertainment, even though the weather is beautiful enough to keep us outdoors. But you want to see a curtain go up somewhere, right?
You'll have fun for sure if you go to see The 39 Steps at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. If that title sounds vaguely familiar, it's because Alfred Hitchcock made a classic film that's at ...  

An Avalanche of Hilarity

0 Comments · Friday, July 26, 2013
Almost a century ago, British novelist John Buchan wrote a potboiler about espionage and double-dealing. Twenty years later in 1935, film director Alfred Hitchcock turned The 39 Steps into a much-admired cinematic thriller.  

Onstage: Toil and Trouble

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 23, 2013
If you know Shakespeare’s Macbeth, then this new play at Know Theatre will seem familiar. In Toil and Trouble (words chanted by witches prophesying Macbeth’s turbulent future), two ambitious moder  

Stage Door: All-Star Break

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
So we've moved into the second half of 2013, as evidenced by last night's American League win in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. That means you might be seeking some theatrical entertainment. I thought there would be several opportunities, but Untethered Theater Company just let me know that the Clifton Performance Theater (on Ludlow Avenue) was flooded during the Independence Day monsoon...  

Finding a Niche in Local Theater — and Seeking More

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
In recent columns I surveyed Cincinnati theater companies that came and went during the past 20 years. Some stumbled because their founders had more passion than management expertise; others simply lacked the focus to keep audiences coming back. The truth is it’s hard to identify a niche and settle into it  

Onstage: The 39 Steps

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 16, 2013
In 1935, Alfred Hitchcock made a thrilling film adaptation of The 39 Steps, based on John Buchan’s melodramatic 1915 tale of espionage and murder. In 2005, playwright Patrick Barlow adapted Hitchcoc  
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Carnegie to Present 'Sound of Music' with KSO

Production to complete the Carnegie's 2013-2014 theater series lineup

{CommentsCant} · Monday, July 15, 2013
Can't say whether the hills will be alive, but The Carnegie in Covington certainly will be in January when it presents a "lightly staged" production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music in partnership with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Presented Jan. 17-26, 2014, under the direction of Brian Robertson and KSO conductor J. R. Cassidy, the production continues a popu...