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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.  
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Ho-Ho-Ho, try a holiday show!

{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 11, 2015
Most of the theater onstage right now is holiday-themed — or at least family-friendly. If you want to take kids to see something, your best bet is Cinderella at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, a contemporary take on the familiar fairytale — the heroine is a bookworm who prefers to sneakers to glass slippers. There’s lots of humor, especially from the loudmouthed and crass ste...  

Theater in New York City

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In November I was in New York City for a gathering of the American Theatre Critics Association. I saw five Broadway shows, listened to some informative panel discussions and attended a luncheon at Sardi’s with an array of Broadway performers.  

On Broadway in New York: An Exploration Leading to Self-Awareness

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was in part a tribute to Sherlock Holmes, although the hero in the 2003 mystery novel is an autistic British teenager, not the distinguished private detective of Edwardian England.  

On Broadway in New York: Growing Up, Out and Wise

Fun Home (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I had the opportunity to see Fun Home on Nov. 11. I enthusiastically second its surprising Tony Award win as 2015’s best musical. (It beat out the odds-son favorite, An American in Paris.)  

Onstage: Rent

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The new Incline Theater continues its quest for audiences seeking edgier shows than those presented at its sister theater, the Covedale Center.   

On Broadway in New York: Beautiful Scenes and "Fidgety Feet"

An American in Paris (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2015
Gorgeous is the word for the Broadway production of An American in Paris, a stage adaptation of the 1951 musical movie starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.   

On Broadway in New York: Spoofing Shakespeare and Theater in General

Something Rotten (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2015
I turned up at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on Nov. 12 for Something Rotten with moderate expectations. I had seen a number from the show on the Tony Awards last June, so I knew it was an amusing backstage mash-up of Elizabethan England and musical theater.  

On Broadway in New York: Entertaining and Frightening

Hand to God (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, December 7, 2015
When you enter the Broadway’s Booth Theatre to see Robert Askins’ play, Hand to God, you’re looking at a Sunday School classroom in Texas with cinderblock walls painted blue and windows high enough to let you know it’s in the basement.