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Stage Door: Cincy Shakes

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 13, 2014
What with the Fringe Festival finished up last weekend, there's not so much to choose from in the world of local theater. But there is a piece of frothy entertainment at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company that is a perfect summer refreshment: It's Noel Coward's Private Lives. The show (created in 1929) is indeed a classic — making it perfect material for Cincy Shakes — but it's a...  

Onstage: League of Cincinnati Theatres Awards

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Since last August, representatives of the League of Cincinnati Theatres have attended shows and identified productions and performers to be considered for their annual awards.  

Another Fringe Makes Crazy History

0 Comments · Monday, June 9, 2014
The Cincinnati Fringe had its finale on Saturday evening in a chaotic round of thanks and kudos at Know Theatre. If you’ve never attended but want to know what it’s like, I’d compare the party to a tumultuous Saturday morning at Findlay Market.  
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Stage Door: Wrapping up Fringe

{CommentsCant} · Friday, June 6, 2014
Just two more days of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, so here are a few recommendations for great shows you can still catch. (Look for reviews of these performances on CityBeat's Fringe page here.) Many Fringe performances are sold-out, so check in advance to be sure seats are still available:   

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) and Authorial Intent

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Intern Company

0 Comments · Friday, June 6, 2014
Both pieces, staged by directing intern Ben Raanan (the program is about 100 minutes), are well chosen pieces for the talented interns. I hope to see several of them remain in Cincinnati for subsequent onstage work.  

Grab a Great Show or Two as the Fringe Winds Down

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in full swing, heading toward its finale on Saturday. If you haven’t attended yet, you still have plenty of chances to see some fascinating performances.   

Onstage: Private Lives

0 Comments · Monday, June 2, 2014
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company wraps up its 20th season with this sparkling story of a divorced couple who have remarried and headed out on their respective honeymoons only to find themselves in adjacent suites.    

An Unauthorized Autobiography of Benny Hill (Critic's Pick)

Four Humors Theater (Minneapolis)

0 Comments · Sunday, June 1, 2014
As this show’s contradictory title implies, it’s as if Benny Hill has turned his wicked if simple-minded comic eye on himself in a self-revelatory manner that’s entertaining and poignant.  

The Legend of White Woman Creek (Critic's Pick)

The Coldharts (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

0 Comments · Saturday, May 31, 2014
In a narrow, dank room beneath MOTR Pub (seating about 60), you can take in a mournful, historically based ghost story told in song.  
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Stage Door: Full Speed Fringe

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 30, 2014
If you haven't found a couple of 2014 Cincinnati Fringe show that you're dying to see this weekend, you need to go to CityBeat's Fringe hub for some recommendations — including reviews of early performances of all 30-plus shows. But if you're still coming up short, there are more choices fro...