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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.  
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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...  

Onstage: Venus in Fur

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2014
“90 minutes of good, kinky fun” is how The New York Times described this Broadway hit from 2011.  

Gypsy (Review)

Covedale production could use a bit more nasty

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Gypsy, a great musical from 1959, has a score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a script by Arthur Laurents. It’s the true story of burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee (she preferred the label “ecdysiast”)...  
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Stage Door: Weekend Theater Picks

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 18, 2014
There are several good theater choices south of the Ohio River this weekend.

The theater (and dance) program at Northern Kentucky University presents a truly varied array of programming — this season has included a play by Orson Welles, the legendary musical South Pacific, Shakespeare's As You Like It and more. The academic year's final production Monty Python's Spamal...  
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Know to Announce 2014 Fringe Lineup Tonight

Eleventh-annual fest kicks off May 27

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
This evening at its Jackson Street headquarters in Over-the-Rhine, Know Theatre of Cincinnati will announce the lineup for the 11th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The two-week festival begins on Tuesday, May 27, with the CityBeat Fringe Kick-Off Party, and continues through Saturday, June 7, presenting 33 productions — 17 plays, two musicals, seven solo performers, six dance presentat...  
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Know Theatre Announces 2014 Fringe Festival Lineup

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
This evening at its Jackson Street headquarters in Over-the-Rhine, Know Theatre of Cincinnati revealed the lineup for the 11th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival to a crowd of nearly 100 enthusiastic supporters and performers. The two-week festival begins Tuesday, May 27, with the CityBeat Frin...  

The Formula at Covington's Carnegie Is Working

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2014
You won’t find cutting-edge material onstage at the Carnegie. The theater’s managing director Joshua Steele has mastered two elements: He collaborates with a wide array of local theater artists and companies, and he produces works that are, by and large, familiar fare.  
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Stage Door: Green Day and More

{CommentsCant} · Friday, April 11, 2014
If you follow music coverage in CityBeat (hey, isn't that really why you pick up the paper?), you're certainly aware of Green Day's 2004 recording American Idiot. But since you're reading my weekend theater previews, you must be interested in other kinds of performance, so here's a tip: For two nights only, Green Day's American Idiot, a stage version of the powerful ...  

Growing Up

Louisville’s annual theater festival features imaginative new plays

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays, presented annually by Actors Theatre of Louisville, came to its tumultuous conclusion last weekend, capping off ATL’s 50th anniversary season...