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Handing Out Awards

1 Comments · Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) presented awards for the 2012-2013 theater season on May 20 at Know Theatre, too late to report the results in this issue of CityBeat. So I want to offer some thoughts and my own choices.  
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Stage Door: Choices, Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 17, 2013
As the 2012-2013 theater season winds down, there are still several good productions worth seeing: You can still be entertained by the froth of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns at Ensemble Theatre (which runs through June 1), intrigued by the dark comedy Measure for Measure at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (through May 26; CityBeat review   

Onstage: Sunset Boulevard

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, created in the mid-1990s was his last big show to have some measure of success, including a two-year run on Broadway. Even at that, however, the musical versio  

Sunset Boulevard (Review)

Tale of Hollywood desperation and dementia gets a big-time patina

0 Comments · Monday, May 13, 2013
David Zlatic designed a production — scenery, lighting in the style of film noir and a stream of well executed photographic and video projections in moody black-and-white — that works very well, including Desmond’s mansion with a sweeping central staircase.

Onstage: League of Cincinnati Theatres Awards

0 Comments · Monday, May 13, 2013
The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) celebrates the 2012-2013 theater season with an awards program at Know Theatre. LCT judging panels have made nominations of outstanding productions, actors and   
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Stage Door: Stock Up

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 10, 2013
Nothing new onstage this week, but lots of good work continues as we head toward the summer when theater gets scarce. Now's the time to stock up.

This is the final weekend for Cock at Know Theatre. (Some publications call it The Cockfight Play, but Cock is Mike Bartlett's actual title for his play.) It's the story of a man who thought he was gay but now fin...  

Is ETC Doing — or Overdoing?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
“If something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing,” proclaims one of the spunky gals in the current iteration of The Marvelous Wonderettes at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati this month. ETC apparently agrees, since this is the fourth consecutive year it has staged one of Roger Bean’s retro shows featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s.  

Onstage: Measure for Measure

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
It might surprise you to learn that Shakespeare’s tale of hypocrisy and extreme morality is considered a comedy. Left in charge of Vienna, the puritanical Angelo condemns Claudio to be executed for   

Measure for Measure (Review)

Cincy Shakes presents strange brew of drama, comedy

0 Comments · Monday, May 6, 2013
Director Brian Isaac Phillips has set his production in the U.S. in the 1920s. It’s a good match to Jacobean London and we are given visual insight into the characters — from puritanical tyrants in three-piece business suits to loose men in fur coats and lowlife women as flappers.  
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Stage Door: Shake It Up

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 3, 2013
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opens its production of the infrequently staged Measure for Measure tonight. Director Brian Isaac Phillips says, “We have discovered a lot of satire and wit as we explore the biting social criticism in this play. The behavior of these characters … is like a dark comic mirror, held up to nature. Shakespeare has written a play that begs us to ex...