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Onstage: The Complete History of Comedy: Abridged

0 Comments · Thursday, December 26, 2013
Need a few good laughs to round out your holiday season? The Cincinnati Playhouse has the perfect show for you on its Shelterhouse stage. Three guys race through the history of comedy — from it  

Local Stages Kept Things Interesting in 2013

0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
How was 2013 as a year for plays and musicals in Cincinnati? From where I stand — or sit, since I’m most often in a seat at one of our local theaters — it stacked up pretty well.  

Stage Door: Wrapping up Holiday Shows

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 20, 2013
It's the final weekend for most holiday shows, and there are lots of good choices. I'm ranking today's listings according to the laugh-o-meter, starting with the most hilarious: No. 1: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some). This is the eighth year the Cincinnati Shakespeare has put this show together, but it's fun even for if you've been before. The...  

Onstage: The Twelve Dates of Christmas

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 17, 2013
In this 70-minute solo show, Annie Kalahurka plays Mary, a New York actress who comes back to Ohio for Thanksgiving with her family, only to see her fiancé kissing another woman on national TV during  

Holiday Humor for Hilarity Hunters

0 Comments · Monday, December 16, 2013
Ready to move beyond the predictable in your pursuit of holiday theater? Three shows offer varied choices. A Klingon Christmas Carol gets its local premiere by Hugo West Theatricals at the Art Academy of Cincinnati through Dec. 22.  
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Stage Door: Holiday Cheer

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 13, 2013
It's Friday the 13th, but if you're in the mood for holiday shows, this is your lucky weekend. Just about every theater in town has something onstage aimed at getting you into the Christmas spirit, making you laugh, diverting you from the stress of being cheerful or just poking fun at the ways of the world (at least the world of commercialism we see in America today).Perhaps you've already do...  

Attention, Holiday (Theater) Shoppers!

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Just a few more shopping days before Christmas. Theater is a great idea for last-minute gifts. Start a tradition that’s easy to repeat year after year. A trip to see a show is a wonderful gift, especially for kids. My earliest memory of theatergoing is my grandfather taking me to see the musical Brigadoon. I still remember it.

Onstage: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare brings back — for the eighth consecutive year — a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite Christmas stories. They do it with four actors and in 90 minutes, skewe  

Offbeat Holiday Shows

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It’s early December and time for you to decide which hip holiday show you want to take in. Of course, you just missed last weekend’s tour stop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, a musical adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss tale about the green meanie Christmas hater, a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Onstage: Striking 12

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Falcon Theater knows its way around offbeat musicals. For the holidays, they offer one with a Rock score and puppets. Music trio Groove Lily created this concert event off-Broadway in 2004 with a