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Onstage: Review: Bug

New Stage offering is truly ugly and art at the same time

0 Comments · Monday, April 7, 2008
It would be easiest to dismiss Tracy Letts' 1996 play Bug as a sitcom on HELL-TV. Sleazy motel room. Crack-smoking, vodka-swilling cocktail waitress Agnes, her beauty fading as her life unravels  

Onstage: Review: The Glass Menagerie

Classic American play has little lyricism, less tragedy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2008
On opening night the audience at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) greeted The Glass Menagerie with gales of laughter. That's so wrong -- not wrong of the audience; they went where they were a  

Onstage: Review: Take Me Out

New Stage Collective takes it all off for America's pastime

0 Comments · Saturday, February 16, 2008
From the evidence at hand, it's safe to say that playwright Richard Greenberg loves baseball. Make that adores baseball. His clubhouse comedy Take Me Out winner of the 2003 Best New Play Tony  

Onstage: Review: Mary's Wedding

Near-lyrical ETC production propelled by an able cast

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In 1917 or thereabouts, blithe young Mary and sturdy young horseman Charlie are introduced by a thunderstorm that rolls across the prairies of Western Canada. Aggression has already roiled Europe  

Onstage: Review: Red Light Winter

Vandit Bhatt shines in Know Theatre's new production

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter is an overlong, de-constructionist theatrical exercise in talking too much about too little, eschewing plot, saying "fuck" too fucking often and delving into personaliti  

Onstage: Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cincinnati Shakespeare's 'Midsummer' in midwinter is mad, merry fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Distinguished Shakespearean scholar Harold Bloom calls A Midsummer Night's Dream "a wise and humane drama." Exactly. In the hands of 20 loons and lovely lunatics on stage at Cincinnati Shakespeare C  

Onstage: Review: The Rimers of Eldritch

NKU production lacks necessary urgency

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Lanford Wilson's The Rimers of Eldritch, a 1966 work by the respected playwright about murder and small-town small-mindedness, is one tough axe to sharpen. The storytelling is fragmented, fugue-like  

Onstage: Review: The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)

Playhouse's spoof of Broadway is a ton of fun

0 Comments · Monday, November 19, 2007
To wring the biggest bang from your buck, you should brush up your Broadway before seeing Musical of Musicals: The Musical! at the Cincinnati Playhouse. The fun -- and there's a ton of it -- is i  

Onstage: Review: Never Swim Alone

Satori Group offers winners on winning

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Here's a sweet little irony for you: The Satori Group is presenting Never Swim Alone, a playlet about America's obsession with winning, weekends through Nov. 4 at The Carnegie in Covington. Satori   

Onstage: Review: The Pillowman

Know Theatre production evokes strong reactions

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
There's little middle ground in reaction to a Martin McDonagh script. Maybe none. Get it or forget it. Love it. Hate it. Admire it. Scorn it. This is especially true of his 2003 exercise in exce