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Onstage: Carrie: The Musical

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A musical version of Stephen King’s creepy novel Carrie about a bullied adolescent girl who unleashes telekinetic vengeance on her persecutors had a rocky Broadway premiere in 1988, when it closed a  

Fly (Review)

Straighten up and fly right

0 Comments · Monday, September 16, 2013
Fly’s story is one that’s important to the evolution of America, and it’s done in this production with such verve and passion that I know audiences will respond.  
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Stage Door: Back in Business

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 13, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is typically the first professional theater in town to start the season, and that's the case for 2013 with Other Desert Cities that opened a week ago. You can read my review; I really appreciated the powerhouse cast performing the show. Th...  
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Landmark Productions Won't Return to Showboat Next Year

Theatre company to focus on Covedale Center after 23 years on the river

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Abandon ship! Well, that's not exactly true. In fact, Cincinnati Landmark Productions has done a remarkable and loving job of sustaining the ship — in the form of the Showboat Majestic, which it has operated for 23 years in the face of at least 10 floods and countless repairs (including a leaky hull). But with its lease running out later this month, the company has decided not to return for...  

Onstage: Fly

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park takes flight this week — more or less. The show is Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s Fly, a story inspired by heroes from World War II.  

Stage Door: A Substantial Start to September

{CommentsCant} · Friday, September 6, 2013
The first week of September always brings an avalanche of theater productions, and that's exactly what's available to you this weekend. I'll start with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's Other Desert Cities, which opened on Wednesday. You can read my   

Other Desert Cities (Review)

Running hot and cold

1 Comments · Thursday, September 5, 2013
The white-hot heat of a family tearing itself apart, the cold fear of submerged emotions spilling forth — these elements fuel this powerful drama.  

Behave Yourself

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As the season kicks off, it’s the perfect moment for a few reminders about theater behavior. Attending a play does not require dressing up or even being concerned about when to applaud (that’s more complicated for symphony-goers). But it’s not the same thing as watching TV at home. After all, you’re out in public, in close proximity to other people who have paid to see live performers.  

Onstage Other Desert Cities

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 3, 2013
We romanticize the holidays, but they’re often not happy reunions. That’s certainly the case in Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play  Other Desert Cities about the Wyeth family’s 2004 Christmastim  

Stage Door: The King Is Back

{CommentsCant} · Friday, August 30, 2013
If you're a theater fan looking for something to do this weekend, you've probably realized that the Labor Day holiday is not overflowing with options. In fact, many theater companies are gathering their strength as they prepare for shows that open next week. But there is one good choice available: a show about the King. No, it's not an Elvis piece. It's about Cincinnati's own King Records, t...