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The Mousetrap (Review)

Without the subtext, Agatha Christie classic fails to entice

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Nobody connected with the Carnegie Arts Center/New Edgecliff Theater co-production of the Agatha Christie thriller The Mousetrap seems to realize that the real play resides in a tidal wash of simmering, threatening subtext under the polite, placid, even boring dialogue.  

Cloud Tectonics (Review)

Transit Five time jumps with premiere by Jose Rivera

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
One character asks, "When did we meet?" A simple question, right? Not so in Cloud Tectonics, a 75-minute 1995 Jose Rivera script that Transit Five Productions is premiering locally at Xavier University studio theater.  

Barefoot in the Park (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare production needs new shoes

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For its annual summer fling into lighter fare, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) has elected to reinterpret a Broadway classic: Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.  

Cincinnati Opera closes a stellar season

0 Comments · Friday, July 25, 2008
Hockey has hat tricks, meaning three goals by one player. Baseball has grand-slam homers that clean the bases and sweep in four runs.  

Onstage: Vocal Pleasures

NKU's Forever Plaid sounds great, but the story's lame

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Maybe the four lads in NKU/Commonwealth Dinner Theater's Forever Plaid don't sing at all. Maybe when their enraptured opening-night audience sat listening to "Moments to Remember," the guys on  

Onstage: Review: Florencia en el Amazonas

Cincinnati Opera's latest sails in beauty

0 Comments · Friday, July 11, 2008
How often does even the most avid Cincinnati opera fan get to see and hear a work thatís only 12 years old? Not often. Itís even less common to attend a contemporary work and discover that its mu  

Onstage: Review: Jerry Springer: The Opera

Springer? Opera at New Stage? Oh, yeah!

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Think about it for a bit and youíll realize that Jerry Springerís televised shoutspiels are the very stuff of which opera is made. Youíve got your tissue-thin, sob-story plots, your outrageous char  

Onstage: Review: Bedroom Farce

Commonwealth Theater production isn't very farcical

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Commonwealth Theater Company at Northern Kentucky University has opened a new dinner-and-show production of Bedroom Farce. It might be a labor of love on the part of cast and crew, but it's too lab  

Onstage: Review: Long Day's Journey Into Night

CSC gives Eugene O'Neill tragedy a luminous reading

0 Comments · Sunday, May 11, 2008
Like life, there's nothing particularly tidy or precise about Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's staging of Eugene O'Neill's vast masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night. Also like life --   

Onstage: Even Paranoids Need Love

New Stage's Bug is truly ugly and art at the same time

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 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. Abu