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Ensemble Theatre: The Dangerous Ascent of 'Annapurna'

0 Comments · Monday, March 28, 2016
Critic’s Pick: Annapurna is the story of a onetime cowboy/poet/college professor named Ulysses (Dennis Parlato) and his long-ago wife Emma (Regina Pugh).  

'Mothers and Sons': A Collision of Generations and Attitudes

0 Comments · Monday, March 28, 2016
Playwright Terrence McNally has written a lot of plays. When Mothers and Sons, his 2014 drama currently onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse, debuted in 2014, it was his 20th Broadway show and his 50th year on Broadway.  

Parents, Children and the Ways of the World

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Because we all have parents and many of us have children, plays about adults’ impact on their offspring typically resonate with audiences. The results can be for better or for worse, as evidenced by two plays currently on Cincinnati stages.  

Onstage: Annapurna

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of nourishment. It’s also the name given to one of the most dangerous Himalayan climbing peaks, the 10th highest in the world, with a horrendous fatality rate of 40 percent.  
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Jane Austen, Harper Lee, civics, Irish drama and perfume shop romance

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 18, 2016
There’s plenty of theater on local stages this weekend. Here’s a round-up for you to consider: Two shows based on very different classic novels are excellent choices. Emma, adapted from Jane Austen’s 1815 novel about well-intended matchmaking that goes awry, continues at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The production takes advantage of the company’s strong female acting contingent, ...  
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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Announces 2016-2017 Season

Regional premieres of comedies, dramas and musicals at ETC

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 18, 2016
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is really getting its act together. Not that they haven’t always been on top of things, but it’s often been deep into springtime before the coming season has been announced. Having recently shared the news about the expansion of its physical plant beginning in 2017, ETC has now shared what will be onstage for its 2016-2017 season — and much earlier than usual. Per...  

Lisa Howard Began Her Broadway Career at CCM

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A native of Akron, Ohio, Howard came to CCM in 1993. Her family supported her aspirations; only one high school teacher questioned her career plans. She’s proved that chemistry teacher wrong.  

Onstage: The Beauty Queen of Leenane

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
You think you have problems with your mother? You should compare notes with Maureen Folan about her maternal relations.   

To Kill a Mockingbird (Review)

Creative adaptation at Cincinnati Playhouse is a lesson for our time

0 Comments · Sunday, March 13, 2016
I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen the story told in quite the way Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist Eric Ting has shaped this adaptation, using a script adapted by Christopher Sergel.  
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Mockingbird, love letters and whiffs of Fringe

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 11, 2016
Looking for some good theater this weekend? There’s plenty to choose from on Cincinnati stages. Last evening I was at the Cincinnati Playhouse for the opening performance of To Kill a Mockingbird. If you’ve read Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel or seen the classic film starring Gregory Peck, you know the story. But I bet you’ve never seen it quite the way Playhou...