What should I be doing instead of this?
 
Home · Articles · By Rick Pender
Rick Pender
 

What's Your Story?

True Theatre and other storytelling endeavors connect Cincinnatians

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
"Tell me a story.” That’s been a human desire since prehistoric times as tales have been spoken from person to person and passed from place to place, even before they were written down.   

Onstage: If/Then

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
If/Then, is another show that’s wholly their own creation. It’s currently onstage at the Aronoff Center.  

Onstage: Native Gardens

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
When longtime, waspy residents are proud of their formal garden and the young Hispanic couple moving in next door prefer a more natural “native garden,” the temperature goes up.  

The Ups and Downs of Strong Women

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Audiences will laugh and gasp at Karen Zacarías’ amusing Native Gardens at the Cincinnati Playhouse and feel troubled by the plight of a fighter pilot in George Brant’s gripping Grounded at Ensemble Theatre.  
kathleen wise as the pilot in grounded at ensemble theatre - photo by ryan kurtz

Stage Door

Going to war — one way or another

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 29, 2016
There are so many things happening on local stages it’s a bit of a challenge make recommendations. But every one of these productions has some sort of conflict at its heart. Grounded opened Wednesday night Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. George Brant’s a one-woman script is about a fearless fighter pilot whose career is cut short by an unexpected pregnancy, marriage and parent...  

Fantasies — Fanciful and Mundane

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
People do a lot of dreaming, and their emotions are often tied up in those dreams. That’s the case with two very different stage productions currently available at local theaters.   

Onstage: The Wizard of Oz

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Yes, it’s a stage rendition of Dorothy’s 1939 cinematic dream of Oz, with every bit of music you will recall — plus a number you won’t (it includes “The Jitterbug,” deleted from the film) — performed lushly by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.  

Onstage: Grounded

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 30th-anniversary season continues with an intense one-woman story told through the eyes of a fierce fighter pilot whose pregnancy “grounds” her.  

Henry VI: Onstage Action Movie

0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2016
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its five-year project to produce the Bard’s “History Cycle,” tracing the reigns of King Richard II and III, and three Henrys (IV, V and VI) in between.  
darnell pierre benjamin as henry vi at cincinnati shakespeare - photo mikki schaffner photography

Stage Door

A little history, a little love and some fantasy

{CommentsCant} · Friday, January 22, 2016
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is staging the original “game of thrones” — England’s Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) as retold by the Bard’s history plays — eight shows being presented in chronological order across five theater seasons. (Cincy Shakes is only the second theater company in the U.S. to present the history cycle in Chronological order.) We’ve already seen Richar...