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Stage Door: 'South Park,' Sondheim and Shakespeare

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 17, 2014
The big buzz is around The Book of Mormon, the musical by the South Park guys that's rude, crude and sweet, all at once. An acquaintance of mine aptly describes it as "blasphemy without malice." Regardless of what you call it, it's the talk of the town, and a lot of peop...  

Onstage: Book of Mormon

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Have faith. That’s the hilarious lesson of The Book of Mormon, crusading for laughter in its current missionary effort, er, touring stop, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. While a few local blueno  

Onstage: The Sound of Music

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Did you see Carrie Underwood in the December telecast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music? You can compare her performance (thought to be a tad wooden by many viewers) with that of Abiga  

Hamlet (Review)

Actor Brent Vimtrup makes Shakespeare classic feel fresh and new

0 Comments · Monday, January 13, 2014
When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet around 1600 he could not have imagined it would become one of the great dramas of all time. The tale of “carnal, bloody, unnatural acts” was for audiences at Londo  

Book of Mormon (Review)

No joke (well, maybe): This show will change your life

0 Comments · Thursday, January 9, 2014
Have faith. That’s the hilarious lesson of The Book of Mormon, crusading for laughter in its current missionary effort, er, touring stop, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center.   

Shakespeare and Stoppard: The Absurdity of Existence

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Whether or not you’re a Shakespeare aficionado, you’ve certainly heard of Hamlet, generally considered one of his greatest plays, if not one of the greatest works ever written for the stage.  

Onstage: Hamlet

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 7, 2014
To go or not to go? Is that really a question? Hey, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, thought by some to be the greatest play of all time. So it’s one you shouldn’t miss. Hamlet is   
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Stage Door: Couple of Classics

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 3, 2014
Truth to tell, midnight has already passed and Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg thinks he's missed the deadline for getting "around the world in 80 days." But his faithful servant Passepartout (played with manic energy by the always amusing Michael G. Bath) saves the day by sorting out travel across time zones. Your deadline has not quite passed, since Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's inventiv...  

Here Comes 'The Book of Mormon'

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
It’s time for Cincinnatians to fasten their seatbelts, since this entertaining but overtly offensive Broadway musical The Book of Mormon opens next week at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.   

Onstage: Around the World in Eighty Days

0 Comments · Monday, December 30, 2013
Since opening this holiday musical in early December, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati has taken audiences around the globe nearly 30 times. There are just seven more outings before Phileas Fogg and Passep