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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...  

Double Indemnity (Review)

Cincinnati Playhouse production is playful, thrilling

0 Comments · Friday, May 3, 2013
Tough guys. Dames. Desperation. Shadows. Cynical narration. Sexual motivation. The Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Double Indemnity has all the requisite elements of film noir.   

Sister Act (Review)

Talent of touring cast provides a night of fun

0 Comments · Friday, May 3, 2013
Sister Act is full of stereotypes and predictable humor, but its all done with energy and polish, which makes it worth seeing.   
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Well, Bless My Soul: 'Sister Act' is Fun!

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, May 2, 2013
You probably remember Whoopi Goldberg's popular film Sister Act from 1992, an unlikely story about an aspiring singer who witnesses a murder and needs to be hidden until the trial — in a convent. Of course, the contrast between Goldberg and the staid nuns, especially the Mother Superior (played by Maggie Smith). It became a musical in 2009 in London, in 2011 on Broadway and now a touring ...  

Onstage: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns

0 Comments · Thursday, May 2, 2013
The regional premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes in 2010 was the best-selling show in the 27-year history of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. The Doo-Wop gals, Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean and Suzy  
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ETC Shares News About Four Shows for Next Season

Two additional shows will round out 2013-14 season

{CommentsCant} · Sunday, April 28, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati today announced four of its six shows for the 2013-2014 season, which opens on Sept. 4. Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers says, "We are planning a truly original, fresh and exhilarating season of dynamic regional premieres, and I am absolutely thrilled to showcase some of the hottest titles and newest voices this coming year." I'll add my vote of confidenc...  
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Stage Door: Weekend Choices

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 26, 2013
You still have several weeks to see Cock (aka "The Cockfight Play" for journalism wimps) at Know Theatre. (It's onstage through May 11.) It's an oh-so-contemporary piece of theater about a gay man — or rather a man — who thought himself to be gay until he breaks up with his boyfriend and takes up with a woman. (CityBeat review here.) The play involves the tense dance of indecision he becomes part of as his lovers fight over him. It's about 90-minutes of fiercely acted theatrics, staged in a setting that looks like the arena where cockfighting happens. Definitely for mature audiences who appreciate shows that don't pull punches. Tickets: 513-3  

Onstage: Double Indemnity

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Need a little noir in your week? You’ll find a stylish dose onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse.Double Indemnity is the story of a disillusioned insurance agent who takes up with a sensuous, philand