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The North Pool (Review)

A most satisfying drama at the Playhouse

0 Comments · Monday, May 12, 2014
The North Pool leads you down a circuitous path. More than once you’ll think you know what’s behind this conversation and where it’s headed.   

Size Matters (Review)

Ensemble production is thoughtful, funny and engaging

0 Comments · Monday, May 12, 2014
This simply staged, entertaining piece of theater will make you like a guy you might have otherwise dismissed.  
the north pool @ cincinnati playhouse - eli gelb and ted deasy - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Thoughtful Performances

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 9, 2014
There are quite a few good options for theatergoing this weekend. First and foremost, I'd point to The North Pool at the Cincinnati Playhouse. It's a newish script from Rajiv Joseph (his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a runner up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize), and it's a very timely piece, set in 2007 in a large public high school. Just two characters: a slightly d...  

Onstage: Size Matters

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Size Matters is a one-man show getting its premiere at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati.  
stage door 5-2 - venus in fur @ cincy playhouse - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Rare Shakespeare, Romance and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 2, 2014
If you're looking for a show that will get things going romantically, I'll point you to the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Venus in Fur (onstage through May 17). But be careful what you wish for: You might end up like playwright/director Thomas with your hands full of more than you wanted to take on. He's seeking an actress to play the central role in his...  
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Ensemble Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 2, 2014
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's artistic director D. Lynn Meyers has assembled another set of intriguing productions for 2014-15, opening with the musical Hands on a Hardbody (September), a Tony-nominated 2013 musical with a book by Doug Wright, the playwright of I Am My Own Wife and bookwriter for Grey Gardens, both hits for past ETC seasons. This one is based on a 19...  

A "Canon" Shot

Cincy Shakes set to join rare company by completing Shakespeare’s 38-play canon

1 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
When scholars refer to William Shakespeare’s canon — his “complete works” — they typically count 38 plays, written between 1590 and 1612. Only six modern theater companies have staged them all, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is set to join the ranks this week.
  

Onstage: Phantom of the Opera

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Phantom of the Opera is headed back to Cincinnati. One of the most popular musicals of all time moves into the Aronoff Center for a two-week run (April 30-May 11) courtesy of Broadway in Cincinnati.   

Venus in Fur (Review)

Playhouse production provides revenge — Goddess-style

0 Comments · Sunday, April 27, 2014
David Ives' 2010 play combines revenge with a lot of prickly dialogue — contemporary, crude, literate and historic — and some flat-out funny moments.  
stage door 4-25 - venus in fur @ cincinnati playhouse - greta wohlrabe & pj sosko - photo sandy underwood

Stage Door: Options Abound

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 25, 2014
There's ample evidence at the Cincinnati Playhouse as to why David Ives' Tony-nominated play Venus in Fur is the most produced script in America this season. I saw the opening performance last evening, and it's an entertaining attention-grabber. Inspired by an erotic Victorian novel, it's the story of a playwright who's adapted it for the stage but despair...