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Little Women (Review)

NKU production is a heartfelt American classic

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Astonishing: It’s what Jo March yearns to be, pacing in her attic, spinning gruesome, spectacular tales to take the publishing world by storm. But Louisa May Alcott, the real-life author the fictional Jo grew up to become, made her name not by startling readers but by moving them with a simple story of four New England sisters and their mother making the best of things in bad times.   

Pippin (Review)

Carnegie’s magical quest is a handsome and noble attempt at perfection

0 Comments · Monday, August 22, 2011
Meaning. Perfection. Absolute fulfillment. No easy things to find in life — or in musical comedy. Pippin, the peripatetic hero of the appealing 1972 musical of the same name, dedicates his life to an ideal that always seems just beyond his grasp. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and Northern Kentucky University’s Commonwealth Theatre Company’s current production of Pippin tries just as hard, in its own quest, with similar results. All in all, it’s a satisfying evening.  

101 Rules for Dating (Review)

1 Comments · Tuesday, June 7, 2011
101 Rules for Dating (of which you will hear 20 or so…), a relationship seminar from the crack comedy team Megan Venzin and Emily Althaus, will make you laugh. An Art Academy lecture hall, complete with flip-up desks for note-taking, is the perfect setting for this informative yet cozy confessional led by a couple of love experts whose credentials seem dubious, despite the fact that they’re both wearing lab coats.  

The VindleVoss Family Circus Spectacular! (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, June 6, 2011
Not so fast with that exclamation point. The VindleVoss Family Circus Spectacular!, a charming two-hander from Cincy Fringe favorite Karim Muasher (of Giant Bird fame) and partner Carrie Brown, has all the makings of a great show: An original concept. Memorable characters. Comedy. Pathos. Puppets. Live tigers (sort of). The most inventive use of props you’ll see on any festival stage this year.  

To and Fro and Up and Down (Review)

1 Comments · Saturday, June 4, 2011
A Fringe Festival without at least three Biblical satires? Blasphemy! But the little devils have come through again this year, thank heaven, so there’s no shortage of sacrilege on display. In a crowded field, Kleesattel Productions’ To and Fro and Up and Down — the show’s title comes from an actual Bible passage describing Satan as a kind of Rick Steves to the damned — stands out as a thinking person’s travesty.  

Fire & Light (Review)

1 Comments · Saturday, June 4, 2011
I won’t call it the hottest ticket of the Fringe. But get to Neon’s for Fire & Light before word gets out. That patio is going to be packed, and I’m sure the good marshals will be counting heads. Cincinnati-based Incendium Arts — a half-dozen fearless and lithesome performers, with deejay — ignite Neons’ bocce pitch with a mesmerizing and dynamic display of flaming wands, batons, hula hoops, poi balls, drumsticks, even alcohol-laced spit.  

Transfringement: Circus Mojo Refudiates the Norm (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, June 2, 2011
As its puzzling mouthful of a title suggests, Transfringement: Circus Mojo Refudiates the Norm is a quirky show with a few too many balls in the air. Five diverse performers from this Ludlow, Kentucky-based circus troupe and training center take turns charming and occasionally impressing the audience with a series of old-school stunts.  

Cinderella (Review)

Spirit of invention animates NKU's production

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your box office. Consider Cinderella at Northern Kentucky University, an inventive take on a familiar show that's quickly selling out. Director Ken Jones and company have taken a simple, timeworn stage scheme and run with it, adding a trio of cute rodent clowns, a full repertoire of eccentric line readings and gestures, endless gags and, yes, a giant pest-ensnarement device set center stage as this tuneful, two-hour fairytale unfolds.  

Pride and Predjudice (Review)

Jane Austen adaptation saved by rewarding climax

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Patience. That’s Jane Austen’s prescription for love woes of any kind, and it’s my advice for enjoying Pride and Prejudice, a Cincinnati Shakespeare Company production with a lot of talking, a lot of dancing and a romantic climax that makes it all worthwhile.  

Onstage: Cinderella at NKU

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your box office. Consider 'Cinderella' at Northern Kentucky University, an inventive take on a familiar show (the Rodgers and Hammerstein version) that's quickly selling out. Director Ken Jones and company have taken a simple, timeworn stage scheme and run with it, adding a trio of cute rodent clowns, endless gags and, yes, a giant pest-ensnarement device set center stage as this tuneful, two-hour fairytale unfolds.