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Darker (Review)

1 Comments · Saturday, June 4, 2011
New Edgecliff Theatre’s contribution to the 2011 Fringe Festival, Catie O’Keefe’s Darker, has an enticing ambiance (at Know Theatre). The sparse set features a number of bare light bulbs that at times are blindingly bright and at others pulsing or dim. The effect is garish and mesmerizing, appropriate for a play with themes like anger, unrequited love and lost memory.  

Opal Opus: Journey to Alakazoo (Review)

2 Comments · Thursday, June 2, 2011
Serenity Fisher, creator of Sophie’s Dream, the 2010 Audience Pick of the Fringe, has again brought her hyper-personal and very sincere brand creativity to a Fringe stage with Opal Opus: Journey to Alakazoo. (It’s being presented at the “Hanke 2” venue, 1128 Main St.)  

NKU’s Y.E.S. Festival (Review)

Many journeys among three titles

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Northern Kentucky University’s Y.E.S Festival is showcasing three new and very different plays through April 17: Karla Jennings’ Monstrous Beauty; Jacqueline T. Lynch’s One Good Turn; and Kelly Kingston Strayer’s Marfa, Texas. A new script is an exciting thing to see, and the young actors all bring a refreshing earnestness to their work that is engaging in itself.   

The Elephant Man (Review)

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This simple, steady production is a very successful piece of theatrical storytelling. Brought to life by a highly committed group of actors and an inventive design team, all involved left a fair amount of elbow grease on the floor of the Falcon’s non-traditional and unapologetic space. Jared D. Doren’s creative direction and design made excellent use of the small stage, easily guiding the audience’s imagination from seedy fairground to crowded train station to homey hospital quarters.  

The Piano Teacher (Review)

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Under the direction of Ed Stern, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Julia Cho’s play The Piano Teacher is a stark, engrossing and painful thriller. Memory is not a lane meant for strolling; memory is labyrinth. There are places that cannot be avoided and even others that cannot be faced. And stories, those we tell others and those we tell ourselves, are forces to be reckoned with.  

Onstage: The Piano Teacher at Playhouse in the Park

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Under the direction of Ed Stern, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of Julia Cho's play 'The Piano Teacher' is a stark, engrossing and painful thriller. Memory is not a lane meant for strolling; memory is labyrinth. There are places that cannot be avoided and even others that cannot be faced. And stories, those we tell others and those we tell ourselves, are forces to be reckoned with.  

Onstage: TRUE Theatre's TRUEbeginnings

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Outside, the late October evening was bracing and clear, while inside, a crowd gathered around the stage at Know Theatre, generating warmth. It was about to be Cincinnati's first experience with TRUE Theatre, a new dramatic adventure in unscripted storytelling accompanied by an accordion. The evening's theme was fear. These stories, very candidly and honestly shared, were personal, chilling … and true.  

What’s Your Story?

TRUE Theatre begins 2011 with more personal tales

0 Comments · Monday, January 3, 2011
Five storytellers, some selected, some volunteers, each take the microphone for 10 minutes, sans notes, to tell a true story from their own lives in line with this installment's theme: "beginnings."   

Unnecessary Farce (Review)

Covedale offers a batty, delightful walk through covert ops

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Although I've not encountered any other kind, 'Unnecessary Farce' by Paul Slade Smith is, well, an unnecessary farce. No one needs to see a crop of oddballs sprinting about a stage (frequently sans pants) opening one door, slamming another, lobbing double-entendres out to the house before the curtain finally extinguishes the frenzy.   

Onstage: Unnecessary Farce at Covedale

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
'Unnecessary Farce' by Paul Slade Smith is, well, an unnecessary farce. No one needs to see a crop of oddballs sprinting about a stage (frequently sans pants) opening one door, slamming another, lobbing double-entendres out to the house before the curtain finally extinguishes the frenzy. Thus the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts' 'Unnecessary Farce' (through Nov. 14) is the perfect chaser for 'Evita,' the theater's brooding season opener.