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Other Desert Cities (Review)

Running hot and cold

1 Comments · Thursday, September 5, 2013
The white-hot heat of a family tearing itself apart, the cold fear of submerged emotions spilling forth — these elements fuel this powerful drama.  

Behave Yourself

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As the season kicks off, it’s the perfect moment for a few reminders about theater behavior. Attending a play does not require dressing up or even being concerned about when to applaud (that’s more complicated for symphony-goers). But it’s not the same thing as watching TV at home. After all, you’re out in public, in close proximity to other people who have paid to see live performers.  

Onstage Other Desert Cities

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 3, 2013
We romanticize the holidays, but they’re often not happy reunions. That’s certainly the case in Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play  Other Desert Cities about the Wyeth family’s 2004 Christmastim  

Stage Door: The King Is Back

{CommentsCant} · Friday, August 30, 2013
If you're a theater fan looking for something to do this weekend, you've probably realized that the Labor Day holiday is not overflowing with options. In fact, many theater companies are gathering their strength as they prepare for shows that open next week. But there is one good choice available: a show about the King. No, it's not an Elvis piece. It's about Cincinnati's own King Records, t...  

Stage Door: Pre-Labor Day Offerings

{CommentsCant} · Friday, August 23, 2013
A few good local productions are winding up this weekend. On Labor Day weekend, you won't find much onstage. But you have a couple of decent choices right now to tide you over. At the top of my list would be Chicago at the Carnegie (CityBeat review   

Things Known and Unknown — Upcoming Shows at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A year ago, Know Theatre announced a strategic plan to shift away from being a traditional company offering annual seasons. Instead, Know announces programming on a rolling basis. That led to a lighter-than-expected stretch in 2012 and 2013, which nonetheless featured several excellent productions.  

A Flavor for Every Taste

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Here are three categories designed to satisfy different tastes: theatergoers who love musicals, those who yearn for the classics and anyone with a taste for new plays. Since this is CityBeat’s fall preview, these are shows you can catch before the holidays.    

Onstage: Shakespeare in the Park

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Shakespeare’s plays were first presented 400 years ago in open-air theaters such London’s Globe. Maybe that’s why they work so well in the great outdoors, as evidenced by Cincinnati Shakespea  

A Knowing Season (and More) Is Announced

{CommentsCant} · Sunday, August 18, 2013
The pickings have been kind of slim at Know Theatre over the past year. The quality has been high (the staging of When the Rain Stops Falling was one of the best shows onstage locally during 2013, and Mike Bartlett’s Co...  

Onstage: Don't Drink the Water

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 13, 2013
When you hear Woody Allen’s name, you probably think movies. But he’s also written a few plays, and one of them is currently onstage at the Showboat Majestic on the Public Landing. His 1966 farce,