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Girlfriends, dungeons, classics and revolutionaries onstage this weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 26, 2016
There’s an exciting array of theater on local stages this weekend, a perfect time to check out a live performance before you settle in for the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It seems that all a theater needs to do these days is mention Jane Austen and fans line up for tickets. I’m sure that’s what Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has in mind with its production of Emma, op...  

Onstage: Emma

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Pretty much all you need to do to sell theater tickets these days is attach Jane Austen’s name to a show.  
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Broadway Shows Coming to Cincinnati for 2016-2017

Kids (lots of kids!), a phantom, a little murder, some magic, a lot of memorable music and something rotten

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The 2016-2017 season for Broadway in Cincinnati was announced over the weekend. We’ll be seeing several time-tested titles, as well as a number of brand-new works and a couple of certifiable hits. Here’s the rundown: The Sound of Music (Sept. 27-Oct. 9): It’s a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved hit about Maria and the von Trapp Family. It’s a sure be...  

Their Education Is Entertainment for the Rest of Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Don’t lose track of theater on university campuses, because there’s a lot of it. It’s a chance to see works that are less likely to be produced by theaters where selling lots of tickets is a necessity.  

Vive les Femmes!

Gunderson's 'The Revolutionists' is a show to be reckoned with

0 Comments · Friday, February 12, 2016
I’ve complimented the Cincinnati Playhouse’s Blake Robison for his efforts this season to feature female playwrights. (Half of the shows he chose for 2015-2016 are by women.)   

Onstage: The Revolutionists

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (simultaneously with another, Native Gardens).  

Love List 2016: D. Lynn Meyers

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A job at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the 1980s laid the foundation for an impressive theatrical career, directing plays and casting movies. In 1995, Ensemble Theatre turned to her at a dark moment when it seemed to be on the brink of closing.  
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Stage Door

A musical worth seeing, events at Know (one serious, the other entertaining) plus a Super Bowl commercial

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 5, 2016
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey met with great success when they created next to normal, winning several Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama. They didn’t strike gold with their next show, If/Then, onstage locally for just a week in a touring production — but I found it to be a very satisfying, if complex work. (Read my Curtain Call interview with Kitt and Yorkey  

The Courage to Ask, ‘What If?’

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If/Then traces a pair of divergent paths for Elizabeth, a city planner who returns to New York after a painful divorce. When her future is hijacked by fate — epitomized by two very different friends — her life splits into two parallel outcomes.
  

'BlackTop Sky': Painful Reality

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The view from the asphalt-paved courtyard surrounded by housing projects isn’t a pretty sight. In fact, the desolate space with nothing but a pair of park benches is downright depressing for Ida...