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Onstage: Million Dollar Quartet

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 19, 2013
If I said you could catch a jam session featuring four Rock & Roll icons together, I’d probably get your attention, right? That’s what the unusual Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet,  

Leveling Up (Review)

Boundaries between fantasy, reality blur in Deborah Laufer's modern script

1 Comments · Monday, February 18, 2013
Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer has found a vein of universality in her new play, Leveling Up, using the world of online gaming in which players vie for higher levels of power and accomplishment, as a metaphor for growing up.  
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Stage Door: Stop Waffling

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 15, 2013
If you're waffling between whether to go to the theater or do something else this weekend, let me help you decide: You should get a ticket to see When the Rain Stops Falling at Know Theatre. It's running through March 16, but it's going to be an in-demand ticket soon: I gave it a Critic's Pick in CityBeat (review   

Onstage: Dangerous Liaisons

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
 Perhaps you’ve seen the cinematic version of Christopher Hampton’s Dangerous Liaisons, the story of manipulative seduction by a pair of idle 18th-century aristocrats in pre-Revolutionary  

When the Rain Stops Falling (Review)

Decline and fall

2 Comments · Monday, February 11, 2013
This dense, provocative script is a challenging work, but director Brian Isaac Phillips has staged it beautifully with nine excellent actors who are breathtakingly powerful in a complex tale that spans 80 years and four generations of two intricately interwoven families.  
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Stage Door: Something Old, Something New

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 8, 2013
A new round of shows comes your way this weekend (while several good ones remain onstage, including Freud's Last Session at Ensemble Theatre and Abigail/1702 at the Cincinnati Playhouse). Here are a few choices that are just opening: Know Theatre is finally getting around to its first full-fledged production of the season, Andrew Bovell's award-winning drama, When the Rain Stop...  

Onstage: When the Rain Stops Falling

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2013
 Some critics termed Andrew Bovell’s recent play the best of 2010. (Last season Cincinnati Playhouse staged his Speaking in Tongues, a complicated tale of murder, romance and intrigue.) Know   

Rising To The Top

Deborah Laufer explores big questions with playwriting

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Playwright Deborah Laufer loves to tell stories. “I think what theater does,” she told CityBeat recently, “is bring people together to contemplate what it means to be human at this point in time. It’s a place to ask all the big questions..."  
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Stage Door: Closing Shows

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 1, 2013
No new shows opened this week. But several will close this weekend, so it's your last chance to see them. At the top of that list I would put Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of Richard II (Review here). If you're a completist, this is a rare chance to catch a show that's produced...  

Camelot (Review)

Strong acting redeems an unwieldy plot

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 29, 2013
In 1960, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe followed their 1956 megahit My Fair Lady with the musical Camelot. Its arrival on Broadway coincided with the election of John Kennedy, and many people extended the vision of a “magical kingdom” to his ascendance as America’s charismatic 35th president.