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Stage Door: Theater Abounds This Weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 23, 2015
I attended the opening of Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical at the Cincinnati Playhouse last evening. The show offers some sense of the great Country music singer's life, but it's not detailed in the way Rosemary Clooney was portrayed in the Playhouse's recent production. Instead, it's Cash's music that's front and center, performed by a half-dozen veteran musicians and four sing...  

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Adaptation Warns Against Complacency

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Joe Stollenwerk lives in Bloomington, Ind., where he’s pursuing a doctorate in theater at Indiana University.  

Downhome Shakespeare

Playhouse’s Ring of Fire gives a full portrait of Johnny Cash

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In the same sense that it takes a village to raise a child, it appears that it takes a crowd to tell the story of Johnny Cash. At least that’s the case with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.  

Waiting for Godot (Review)

Waiting and waiting and waiting

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s “tragicomedy in two acts,” has bewildered many theatergoers since its premiere in 1953.  

Onstage: Greater Tuna

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2015
If you hail from a small town, you’ll recognize the shenanigans of the oddballs who populate this tried-and-true comedy.   

Onstage: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In the same sense that it takes a village to raise a child, it appears that it takes a crowd to tell the story of Johnny Cash. At least that’s the case with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.   

Onstage: The Handmaid's Tale

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In the near future, what’s left of the United States has become the Republic of Gilead, a nation oppressively governed by strictly religious principles.  
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Stage Door: A Weekend of Classic Musicals and Plays, Plus a Party and Some Lies

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 16, 2015
Things are off to a good start for 2015: The touring production of Cinderella at the Aronoff is a very entertaining retooling of music by Rodgers and Hammerstein into a more contemporary version of the classic fairy tale. It's the same story, but the attitudes are of the 21st century, with a "power to the people" thread running through it and Cinderella conveying a populist message, ...  

Onstage: West Side Story

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Despite its cramped stage, The Carnegie’s staging has many elements that pay homage to the original.  

Onstage: Waiting for Godot

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 13, 2015
In 1953, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s absurdist tragicomedy used the same premise: Two loveably hapless vagrants grapple with the mysteries of the universe, bantering and bickering as they wait in vain for someone named Godot.