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Onstage: An Ideal Husband

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Oscar Wilde’s 'An Ideal Husband' is the crowning pleasure of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2009-10 season. Everything works. What, it ponders, makes for an ideal marriage partner? Is he or she some bepedastaled paragon of relentless virtue? Or is the ideal spouse more human, more touchable, more capable of forgivable error?  

Onstage: Cyrano (Rehearsed)

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 20, 2010
As you enter the Columbia Performance Center, you’re handed a program describing 'Reservoir Dogs: The Musical.' What? Actors swarm the stage, warming up, dancing, practicing swordplay, moving set pieces — all of it as boring as watching somebody paint a storm door. Then an actor announces that, instead of performing 'Reservoir Dogs,' the company will rehearse a new translation/adaptation of Rostand’s 1897 classic, 'Cyrano de Bergerac.' Through May 1.  

An Ideal Husband (Review)

Cincy Shakespeare's Wilde production is about something worth discussing

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
Putting it as simply as I can, Oscar Wilde's 'An Ideal Husband' is the crowning pleasure of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's 2009-10 season. Everything works. The direction by Jeremy Dubin is tight, focused and spot on. Design elements are more sumptuous and elegant than any CSC has ever presented. Performances maintain the lilt, audacity and inner laughter of high comedy.   

Cyrano Rehearsed (Review)

Despite the poetry, New Edgecliff production wastes serious potential

0 Comments · Friday, April 16, 2010
Over several seasons, outgoing Artistic Director Greg Procaccino has elevated New Edgecliff Theater's reputation with sensitive, provocative productions like 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and 'Equus.' Now, in a curious farewell gesture, he's wasting audience enthusiasm and some estimable players in a misconceived muddle called 'Cyrano (Rehearsed).'  

Bury the Dead (Review)

Anti-war drama at The Carnegie a little too pompous

0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
Since Irwin Shaw's expressionistic, ritualistic play opened on Broadway in 1936, five more major wars have come along to prove its horrific accusation: Old generals march young men off to their slaughter while spouting jingoistic exhortations that civilians accept and industrialists turn into profit. Shaw's work is back, with accusations intact and ritual inflated, in a co-production between The Carnegie Center in Covington and UC's College-Conservatory of Music.  

Onstage: Omnium Gatherum

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Under Professor Sandra Forman's zesty direction, the student actors turn the first hour of this 2002 script by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros into rattling good spit-and-spirit theater. It's just post-9/11, and seven glitterati (some lampooning real world celebs) gather over gourmet grub prepared by domestic diva Suzie, played by Katie Kershaw.  

Omnium Gatherum (Review)

NKU students offer mostly rattling good spit-and-spirit theater

0 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
Under Professor Sandra Forman's zesty direction, the student actors turn the first hour of this 2002 script by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros into rattling good spit-and-spirit theater. It's just post-9/11, and seven glitterati (some lampooning real world celebs) gather over gourmet grub prepared by domestic diva Suzie, played by Katie Kershaw.   

Daddy Long Legs (Review)

Playhouse musical is expressive, impressive world premiere

0 Comments · Monday, March 22, 2010
Nearly a century has elapsed since Jean Webster's 1912 novel 'Daddy Long Legs' was published. Now her story of a talented, forthright foundling named Jerusha and her mysterious, reclusive mentor returns, this time onstage in an expressive, impressive world premiere musical at the Cincinnati Playhouse from playwright-director John Caird (who won a Tony for his Broadway work on 'Les Miserables') and composer-lyricist Paul Gordon (whose 'Emma' won audience approval at the Playhouse last season).  

Othello (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare classic could use a bit Moor

0 Comments · Monday, March 1, 2010
Considering the talent and sensitivity of the people involved onstage and in the director's chair, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's 'Othello' is a disappointment. Little is egregiously wrong. Nobody falls down. Nobody goes up in his or her lines. But it's all so pedestrian.  

Colored Museum (Review)

NKU production upstages itself with razzle-dazzle

0 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
When George Wolfe's 'The Colored Museum' was new, back in 1986, it drove some New York critics to spasms of praise for its liberating satire. Now onstage at Northern Kentucky University, there's considerably more sizzle than satire — or substance — to the show, which has been frazzle-dazzled into vaudeville that insists on upstaging itself.