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The Space Between My Head and My Body (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
O’Keefe’s script is poetic, thoughtful and evocative. The cleverly designed program (resembling the safety information brochure found in the seatback pocket when you travel by air) suggests “somewhere between departure and arrival, you can be anyone.” Or, perhaps, no one.


A.J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman (Review)

0 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
 Playwright Andrew Hungerford had a solid foundation for his very silly 2013 Fringe show, A. J. Raffles: Amateur Cracksman. It was, in fact, a series of stories in the 1890s and a 1904 play (titled Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman). Victorian writer E. W. Hornung created the character somewhat in response to the work of his brother-in-law Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes was all the rage.

Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
We’ll never really know what kept Dickinson a prisoner in that upstairs room in Amherst, Massachusetts, but if you see this show you’ll have some insight into the kind of demons or gods that might have plagued her.  

Maps (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 30, 2013
Eight dancers perform on a bare stage at Know Theatre, backed by a large white projection screen on which simple animation (by Mam-Luft & Co.) plays out.  

Onstage: Cincinnati Fringe Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Believe it or not, the Cincy Fringe is marking its 10th anniversary as it opens 12 of more than 30 productions at midweek. The titles should be enough to entice you: Shut UP, Emily Dickinson; Mater Fa  

Onstage: Shipwrecked!

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Shipwrecked! tells the tale of Louis de Rougemont’s life of adventure, tracking him from a sheltered boyhood in Victorian London to a long, eventful sea voyage, shipwreck near Australia; lonely exil  

Krisit (Review)

Clifton Performance Theatre production ranges from vicious to witty and back again

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Y York's play, staged by Mark Lutwak, who is the Cincinnati Playhouse's education director (and also York's husband), is a ribald comedy with a point to make about aging and superficial behavior.   
onstage 5-15 - measure for measure - kelly mengelkoch & brent vimtrup - photo rich sofranko

Stage Door: Near Season's End

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 24, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company finishes its run of Measure for Measure this weekend (CityBeat review here). It's a dark tale of hypocrisy and manipulation, with a few glimmers of ribald humor. Director Brian Phillips has transported the story from Renaissance...  

Shipwrecked! (Review)

An adventurous story of storytelling

0 Comments · Friday, May 24, 2013
The Playhouse is wrapping up its 53rd season with Donald Margulies’s 2007 script, Shipwrecked!. Concluding Blake Robison’s first season as artistic director, the show continues his promise to offer family-friendly plays designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of Playhouse theatergoers  

Rising Stars

LCT singles out great theater productions and performers for 2012-2013

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 23, 2013
I wrote my Curtain Call column before the League of Cincinnati Theatres held its Monday night awards gala at The Know Theatre. So I thought you might want to learn the results. I'm glad to report that the LCT voters and I agreed about the season's best shows: I thought that Know Theatre's W...