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Getting Down and Dirty After Hours

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 13, 2015
I’m in New York City this week to check out some Broadway shows, so I’m missing the opening night of the Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Low Down Dirty Blues. It’s the holiday “alternative” to A Christmas Carol, and alternative it is. It’s set in a nameless Blues club on Chicago’s South Side that’s closing for the night. But that’s just when the pa...  

Who’s on First?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I frequently extol the virtues of Cincinnati’s theaters. They are a subset, of course, of a vibrant arts scene — one that a friend of mine often says “fights above its weight class.”  

'Drums Are Beating Nightly'

Maya Angelou’s poems inspire CSO’s One City, One Symphony

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
This weekend’s concerts are the culmination of an annual project that goes well beyond the presentation of Classical music.
  

Onstage: Low Down Dirty Blues

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
In an after-hours jam session at a Blues club in Chicago late on a Saturday night easing over into early Sunday, musicians and singers are swapping stories and songs  

Music: One City, One Symphony

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
This weekend’s concerts are the culmination of an annual project that goes well beyond the presentation of Classical music.  
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Stage Door: Playing House

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 6, 2015
“Florala.” That’s where you are when you head down the ramp to see Know Theatre’s production of Andy’s House of [Blank]. It’s set on the state line between Florida and Alabama, but it’s recreated in two-dimensional cardboard props (telephones and ice cream cones) and decorations (comically taxidermied animals, including the backside of a dog) imaginatively designed ...  

Awash in Memory: ‘Mad River Rising’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Walk into the Marx Theatre at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for Mad River Rising and you’ll be in a different world: the hayloft of an ancient Ohio barn. (It’s an engaging design by Jeff Modereger.)   

Onstage: Sleuth

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Mystery fans have a tasty treat in store for them at The Carnegie in Covington with this 1970 award-winning play by Anthony Shaffer.  
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Stage Door: Oddities, Carnies and a Big Ole Flood

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 30, 2015
Know Theatre opens Andy’s House of [BLANK] tonight at 8 p.m. The show is the spawn of the second round of Know’s Serials, a happily creative two-month program of five 15-minute episodes. This one, a musical about a shop full of oddities and a story of love, regret and time travel, was a crowd favorite early in 2015. It struck Know’s artistic team as warranting further developme...  

Common Ground: Creative and Weird

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland grew up just 45 miles apart — Tatum in southern Alabama and Strickland in Florida’s Panhandle. But they didn’t meet until their paths crossed in Cincinnati during the Fringe Festival in June 2014.