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Onstage: Beauty and the Beast

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The story of Belle, a smart young woman, and her romance with a Beast (a handsome prince under a spell) is a “tale as old as time,” but its tour stop in Cincinnati is short — only five days.  
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Emperors, assassins, a whole lotta Shakespeare and a feisty mongoose

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 15, 2016
We’re closing in on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616, and today is the Ides of April (that means the 15th of the month), so let’s start with several notes about the Bard. Cincinnati Shakespeare’s production of Julius Caesar continues this weekend (it’s onstage through May 7). You might recall that the emperor’s assassination happened on the Ides o...  

The Perils of New Edgecliff Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Once upon a time, popular theater was the realm of melodramas with dastardly villains, heroic champions and damsels in distress. New Edgecliff Theatre has experienced its own run of “perils” that seem to be the modern-day equivalent of the challenges faced in those long-ago productions.  

Onstage: The Last Five Years

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It’s not unusual for a movie, play or musical to follow the arc of a relationship. But Jason Robert Brown’s musical exploration of Jamie’s and Cathy’s coming together and breaking up charts a pair of parallel but opposite paths.  
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Onstage this weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 8, 2016
I’m heading to Louisville this weekend for the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre. (You’ll find a report online and in CityBeat later this month.) For those of you staying in town, there are several interesting shows to catch locally.  If you’ve been a Fringe Festival regular for the past three years, it’s likely that you’ve enjoyed one of Paul Stric...  

Unexpected Visits and Confrontations

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Husbands, wives and children are key elements in two provocative productions currently on Cincinnati stages, as are unexpected visits and the resulting confrontations.   

Onstage: Glengarry Glen Ross

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A-B-C: “Always Be Closing.” That’s the mantra of four desperate Chicago real estate agents, locked in close to mortal combat to become top dog.  
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Onstage Recommendations: Mormons, Poets, Parents and Children

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 1, 2016
There’s are some excellent dramatic productions on local stages this weekend, as well as one of Broadway’s biggest, most raucous musical hits. Let’s start with the hilariously crude Tony winner, The Book of Mormon, in town for a brief one-week run. Even if you don’t have tickets yet (or didn’t think you could afford them), you might try your luck for the lottery with ...  

Cincy Shakes Plays its Part in Promoting the Bard

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
William Shakespeare died four centuries ago in 1616, but his impact on the world of theater seems stronger than ever today.   

Onstage: The Book of Mormon

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Back by popular demand, the record-breaking The Book of Mormon endeavors to replicate the hit show from Broadway, where it won nine Tony Awards.