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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...  

Onstage: Big River

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Could there be a more perfect musical for the Showboat Majestic than Big River? This tuneful version of the story of Huck Finn and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, is a timeless classic about life   

Another Round of Cincinnati Theaters — Come and Gone

1 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Drawing on my efforts to cover theater in Cincinnati for a quarter-century (including writing for CityBeat since 1994), two weeks ago I wrote about theaters that came and went during the 1990s. This week, I’m looking at companies that started during the 2000s.
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Stage Door: Wrapping Up Summer

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 28, 2013
Well, the big show that's on the way will be fireworks next week, of course. That means that most theaters are wrapping up early summer productions.
But you still have a chance to see The Hound of the Baskervilles at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. It's a daffy take on a Sherlock Holmes mystery. In truth, it pretty well follows Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's brilliant deducer as he...