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Stage Door: Recognizing African-American Stories

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 15, 2013
February is Black History Month, a period when the arts traditionally wake up and pay attention to African-American stories and artists. I'm always a bit troubled by this segmenting, so I want to commend both the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati for presenting two fine productions of shows featuring African Americans in engaging stories — in the middle of Marc...  
americani idiot (tour) - alex nee as johnny, trent saunders as st. jimmy - photo victoria theatre association

Review: 'American Idiot: The Musical'

Dayton’s Victoria Theatre presents Tony Award-nominated, Green Day-inspired musical

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Critic's Pick As I ate dinner on Tuesday evening before attending a performance at Dayton’s Victoria Theatre, my server asked, “Did you hear that Green Day is performing next door?” I had to set her straight. “Well, not exactly. Green Day’s music is being performed next door — it’s a Broadway show that uses the tunes from their  

The Language You Cry In

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Playwright Frank Higgins began his writing career as a poet, so he pays careful attention to the way he puts words together. After some time working at poetry, he felt that his best pieces were stories about people.  

Onstage: The Trip to Bountiful

0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
Horton Foote wrote award-winning screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. His 1953 teleplay, The Trip to Bountiful, was about a woman trapped in a cramped Houston apartment where she   
onstage 2-20 - cast of leveling up (playhouse) - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Tick Tock...

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 8, 2013
Can you hear the clock ticking? That's not just because this weekend marks the "spring forward" to Daylight Savings Time early on Sunday. It's also because several theater productions are just about over: If you want to see them, you only have a few days left.

Leveling Up, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's show about video gamers, is as contemporary as can be. One of it...  

Oh, Yes We Got Trouble (with a capital T)

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
 Theater is a great, creative outlet for kids. Sonja Hansen’s efforts in Loveland inspired dozens of them and engaged their families in a wholesome, enjoyable extracurricular activity. Such undertakings are also learning experiences. Sadly, this lesson in repression over trivial matters sends a terrible message to students.   

Onstage: Transmigration

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Since 2009, the drama program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has presented an annual “festival of student-created new works.”   
onstage 2-20 - when the rain stops falling (know) cast at table - photo deogracias lerma

Stage Door: Old and New

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 1, 2013
If you're looking for an unusual but gripping theatrical production this weekend, you should head straight to UC's College-Conservatory of Music for The Threepenny Opera. Don't think that this is some stuffy old piece from 1928, although that's when the show with a script by Bertoldt Brecht and music by Kurt Weill was first performed. It was radical and challenging, mocking the est...  

Threepenny Opera (Review)

CCM shines with historical tale of corruption, greed

0 Comments · Friday, March 1, 2013
This CCM production is an engaging if sordid recreation of the creators’ intentions, a bravura performance that serves as a reminder of how theater can provide sharp social commentary. Bravo to Guarino and her student cast for this memorable production.

Onstage: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
 Even as Million Dollar Quartet is still shakin’ things up at the Aronoff, the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts this week kicks off a different kind of quartet with a lot of familiar