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Stage Door: Fatherless Families on Cincinnati Stages

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 20, 2015
Just how can Tracy Letts' sprawling play August: Osage County be wedged into the tiny Clifton Performance Theatre on Ludlow? Director Buz Davis knows that this show is more about characters and great dialogue than the set; he told me so. (Read more in my Curtain Call column   

Carnegie Candy Land

Chefs and artists reflect the popular children’s board game at The Carnegie for 'The Art of Food'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
There is absolutely nothing run-of-the-mill about The Art of Food exhibit opening Friday. The popular event is expected to attract as many as 700 guests. And it’s safe to say that this year’s over-the-top extravaganza with a Candy Land theme might be the zaniest ever.  

Juicy Words and Family Feuds in a Tight Space

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Director Buz Davis recently gave me a tour of the set he designed for August: Osage County, the show he’s directing at Clifton Performance Theatre.   

Onstage: Little Women

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The story of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel from the late 1860s, Little Women, has long been woven into the American consciousness.  
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Stage Door: One Weekend Run for Heidi Chronicles at CCM

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 13, 2015
I hope my Curtain Call column (found here) in a recent issue moves you to head to UC's College Conservatory of Music for Richard Hess's staging of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize winner, The Heidi Chronicles, onst...  

Chapatti (Review)

Finding love by living

0 Comments · Friday, February 13, 2015
Pets can fill our lives in important ways, but Christian O’Reilly’s play, Chapatti, at the Cincinnati Playhouse, suggests that human interaction — the company of another person — is needed for true fulfillment.   

Onstage: Chapatti

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Pets can be great companions. But as Dan, grieving the loss of a longtime lover, and Betty, a solitary divorcée, discover in Christian O’Reilly’s humorous tale of a pair of lonely hearts in an Irish town, human contact is essential and sometimes unexpected.  
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Stage Door: Two One-Woman Shows Worth Seeing This Weekend

{CommentsCant} · Friday, February 6, 2015
A special treat onstage at the Aronoff Center's Fifth Third Bank Theater through a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, featuring Torie Wiggins giving voice to people making pronouncements about race, justice and violence in America. The script by Anna Deavere Smith, drawn verbatim from numerous interviews, was created in the mid-1990s in the following the Los Angeles ...  

Playwriting “Like a Girl”

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
In a “Curtain Call” column last August, I pointed out the scarcity of plays by women staged locally. But I neglected to mention one of the most important writers of the late 20th century: Wendy Wasserstein.  

Onstage: The Year of Magical Thinking

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
In 2004, author Joan Didion came to terms with the unexpected death of her husband of 40 years as well as the grave illness of their only daughter by writing a memoir.