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Stage Door

Jane Austen, Harper Lee, civics, Irish drama and perfume shop romance

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 18, 2016
There’s plenty of theater on local stages this weekend. Here’s a round-up for you to consider: Two shows based on very different classic novels are excellent choices. Emma, adapted from Jane Austen’s 1815 novel about well-intended matchmaking that goes awry, continues at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The production takes advantage of the company’s strong female acting contingent, ...  
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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Announces 2016-2017 Season

Regional premieres of comedies, dramas and musicals at ETC

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 18, 2016
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is really getting its act together. Not that they haven’t always been on top of things, but it’s often been deep into springtime before the coming season has been announced. Having recently shared the news about the expansion of its physical plant beginning in 2017, ETC has now shared what will be onstage for its 2016-2017 season — and much earlier than usual. Per...  

Lisa Howard Began Her Broadway Career at CCM

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A native of Akron, Ohio, Howard came to CCM in 1993. Her family supported her aspirations; only one high school teacher questioned her career plans. She’s proved that chemistry teacher wrong.  

Onstage: The Beauty Queen of Leenane

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
You think you have problems with your mother? You should compare notes with Maureen Folan about her maternal relations.   

To Kill a Mockingbird (Review)

Creative adaptation at Cincinnati Playhouse is a lesson for our time

0 Comments · Sunday, March 13, 2016
I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen the story told in quite the way Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist Eric Ting has shaped this adaptation, using a script adapted by Christopher Sergel.  
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Mockingbird, love letters and whiffs of Fringe

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 11, 2016
Looking for some good theater this weekend? There’s plenty to choose from on Cincinnati stages. Last evening I was at the Cincinnati Playhouse for the opening performance of To Kill a Mockingbird. If you’ve read Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel or seen the classic film starring Gregory Peck, you know the story. But I bet you’ve never seen it quite the way Playhou...  

Onstage: To Kill a Mockingbird

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Harper Lee passed away last month, but her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of justice and racial inequality lives on, not only as a novel and its memorable cinematic rendition, but also in Christopher Sergel’s theatrical adaptation.  

Exercises in Civics and Desperation

0 Comments · Monday, March 7, 2016
Fringe shows have a way of sneaking up on you with profound messages when you least expect them. That’s exactly what happens with Beertown, currently onstage at Know Theatre.   
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Stage Door

A time capsule, Punk Rock, newsboys and Austen girls

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 4, 2016
Take your pick from four wildly different shows on Cincinnati stages this weekend. For something completely different, check out Beertown at Know Theatre (through March 19). It’s a national touring project by dog & pony dc, a company that was here for several recent Cincinnati Fringes. The show is set in an...  
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Only the Beginning: Cincy Shakes 2016-2017 Season

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Perhaps by now you’ve heard that Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is building itself a new home at 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine. (Construction is already under way.) But before the move, there’s one last season of theater to be produced at 719 Race St., Downtown, the space where the group has performed since the late 1990s but has outgrown.  Brian Phillips, Cincy Shakes’ pr...