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Onstage: A Hundred Minus One Day

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
For two summers, John Leo Muething has presented Stone on a Walk, his low-budget theater company offering “short, sweet and cheap” shows.   


University Theater Programs Educate and Entertain

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
With the fall season, you have plenty of theater choices to consider. Beyond Cincinnati’s professional and semi-professional companies, area universities provide excellent theater fare worth attending.   
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Only a few more days for 'Hundred Days'

{CommentsCant} · Friday, August 14, 2015
Know Theatre’s Hundred Days is not running for 100 days. In fact, it has only seven more performances, so I urge you to get your tickets now if you haven’t seen it yet. (I say this in part because I’ve now heard from three acquaintances that they liked the show so much they’ve purchased tickets to go back to watch a devoted couple deal with a marriage that’s foreshortened b...  

Watching Lumenocity From an OTR Porch

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up close. Last year I scored free tickets at the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block east of Washington Park.   

Onstage: Company

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The Carnegie is staging Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical that broke the mold back in 1970, opening a new direction with a concept about friends advising a 35-year-old bachelor about the virtues and challenges of marriage.   
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Make ’em Laugh: Midsummer Theater

{CommentsCant} · Friday, August 7, 2015
Hundred Days, a Folk Rock Opera onstage at Know Theatre, continues to be the go-to show of the summer. The story of a marriage that gets short-circuited by a fatal illness turns into a joyous 75-minute concert music written and performed by the dynamic duo of Abigail and Shaun Bengson, with five musicians and singers behind them. Rather than wallow in grief about having only 100...  

Lessons Learned: Theater Educator Dee Anne Bryll

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
If you read playbills carefully, you’ve probably seen Dee Anne Bryll’s name. She’s worked at most every theater in town — from the Playhouse to the Covedale Center, from Northern Kentucky University to University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, plus countless engagements with local schools.  

Onstage: The Complete History of America (Abridged)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Every summer, Cincy Shakes reminds us that even the classics have a sense of humor. For several years they’ve made audiences laugh with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Th  
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Make ’em Laugh: Midsummer Theater

{CommentsCant} · Friday, July 31, 2015
On Wednesday evening I took a bunch of kids (four elementary-school-age nieces and a nephew in town for a visit) to see a bunch of kids (high schoolers, average age 16) in Hairspray, this summers’ Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre production at the Covedale Center. The verdict: “We loved it.” One of them said, “They did more singing than talking.” (A good thing, in h...  

Packing in Music and Lives at Know Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Critic's Pick: Hundred Days, the first production of Know Theatre’s 18th season, defies categorization. Since Know is a theater company, of course, it’s a play.