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Writing About Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Last month I had an opportunity to attend an evening get-together with a group of volunteers with the League of Cincinnati Theatres who are writing regularly about local productions, providing previews of shows as well as critiques.  

Living Up to Expectations

J. Harrison Ghee connects his life to Kinky Boots

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
A show called Kinky Boots might seem an unlikely source for life advice, but the 2013 Tony Award winner about a beleaguered shoe factory that retools and changes lives in the process has proven to be just that.   

Onstage: trueTheatre

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Even if you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, you still have to eat. “trueFood” is the topic for this quarter’s trueTheatre at Know.   

Check Out the Theater Pipeline: Choices for 2016

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2015
If you were captivated by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s hit (and revived) production of next to normal in 2011-2012, then you should consider catching the newest show from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Tom Kitt and writer Brian Yorkey.   

Onstage: Cinderella

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Think you know the story of Cinderella? It’s a sure bet you’ve never seen it the way it’s being presented at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.   

Holiday: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2015
If you’re weary of the avalanche of “beloved holiday classics” this time of year, here’s your show.  

Shows You Should Have Seen in 2015, Plus New and Expanding Theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2015
If you went to see theater locally during 2015, you had a lot to choose from. Here are the shows that I particularly admired and some of the reasons why.   
the cast of every christmas story ever told @ cincy shakes performs its take on the year the grinch stole christmas - photo rich sofranko

Stage Door: Last Chances — and Some Big Laughs

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 18, 2015
This weekend is your final chance to see several December productions, including Low Down Dirty Blues (Cincinnati Playhouse), All Childish Things (Know Theatre) and Rent (Incline Theater). A few shows stick around after Dec. 25 — A Christmas Carol (Playhouse) continues through Dec. 30 and Ensemble Theatre’s staging of its jaunty rendition o...  

Celebrate the Holidays with a Night at the Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The holiday song has it that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s certainly true if you love holiday-themed theater. Some of what’s available in Cincinnati is family-friendly, while some of it takes some liberties with the holidays.  

Holiday: A Christmas Carol

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
In 1991, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park first offered Howard Dallin’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the reclamation of the “wicked old screw” Ebenezer Scrooge.