CityBeat - Curtain Call http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-20-1-curtain_call.html <![CDATA[A Poet (and an Actor) Explore the Nature of War: You See? - ]]>

Bruce Cromer’s performance as The Poet in An Iliad is no easy task. He’s playing a world-weary soul, sick of repeating tales of devastation and death.

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<![CDATA[New Faces and Places for Know, New Edgecliff - ]]>

A new theater season is bringing changes to several local theater companies.

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<![CDATA[Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Critic's Pick) - The play’s afoot: Sherlock is still kicking at the Playhouse]]>

I believe Hatcher’s script and the Playhouse’s production will satisfy fans of Holmes, but a much broader audience will appreciate the show’s theatrical production.

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<![CDATA[Behave Yourself 2.0 - ]]> The dos and don'ts of theater attendance, version 2.0.
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<![CDATA[Plays By Women: Where Are They? - ]]> A crowd of female playwrights came together in New York City in 2008 to express their concern that works by women were not getting produced by that city’s theaters. More than 150 playwrights attended the gathering, resulting in standing-room-only at the venue.]]> <![CDATA[Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd - ]]> It was 35 years ago when I first heard about a new Broadway musical, the story of a Victorian serial murderer whose victims were ground up for meat pies. My first reaction to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was disbelief.]]> <![CDATA[Free Theater at Know — You’re Welcome! - ]]>

You read that headline correctly. The outside-the-box thinkers at Know Theatre, the offbeat company that presents the Fringe Festival every June and other mind-expanding performances year-round, has a new idea. Led by new artistic director Andrew Hungerford, this initiative is called “The Welcome Experiment.”

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<![CDATA[Actress Dale Hodges Keeps “Hanging in There” - ]]>

While the rest of us kick back during a lazy summer, Cincinnati-based actress Dale Hodges is at work honing her craft. That might surprise some local theatergoers, who already think of her as one of our region’s best theater professionals; if Hodges is onstage with a Cincinnati theater, it’s a sure bet that audiences will show up to watch.

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<![CDATA[And the Winner Is … Cincinnati Theater - ]]>

It’s award season in the theater world, locally and elsewhere, when past work is pored over to find outstanding productions and performances, accolades are bestowed, “thank you” speeches are made and egos are boosted or blasted.

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<![CDATA[Another Fringe Makes Crazy History - ]]>

The Cincinnati Fringe had its finale on Saturday evening in a chaotic round of thanks and kudos at Know Theatre. If you’ve never attended but want to know what it’s like, I’d compare the party to a tumultuous Saturday morning at Findlay Market.

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<![CDATA[The Next Generation of Local Theater - ]]> I’ve been a theater critic for almost three decades. I’m an optimist: I routinely attend shows hoping to be pleased or surprised. Doesn’t always happen, of course, but I keep going back. Maybe that’s a little crazy, but I’ve kept at it for all these years because our Cincinnati theater scene gets better and better, and I want everyone to hear about it.]]> <![CDATA[Community Theaters: We've Gotta Crow - ]]> I don’t have the bandwidth nor does CityBeat have enough space to write often about community theaters — groups of volunteers who produce and perform in shows, often for audiences in a specific neighborhood — but that’s not because they don’t do a good job.]]> <![CDATA[The Formula at Covington's Carnegie Is Working - ]]> You won’t find cutting-edge material onstage at the Carnegie. The theater’s managing director Joshua Steele has mastered two elements: He collaborates with a wide array of local theater artists and companies, and he produces works that are, by and large, familiar fare.]]> <![CDATA[Plays and Musicals: What's the Difference? - ]]> As CityBeat’s theater critic, I write about plays and musicals, so I’m occasionally asked which I like better. The truth is I appreciate both forms. But they are distinct, so let me hold forth on some differences and similarities.]]> <![CDATA[Coming to a (Movie) Theater Near You - ]]> I love going to the movies, but I leave writing about them to others, especially my CityBeat colleague tt stern-enzi, who routinely offers a perspective worth reading. Nevertheless, I’m going to local cineplexes more often for digital transmissions of theater from around the world.]]> <![CDATA[Coming to a Theater Near You - ]]> Blake Robison wants the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to be at the forefront of Cincinnati’s cultural conversation. “It’s our responsibility to bring the best theatrical material, both old and new, to our community," he says.
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<![CDATA[Common Ground Across Generations - ]]> I’ve had grandparents on my mind recently. Shirley Temple’s passing on Feb. 10 reminded me of her 1937 film Heidi, the story of a neglected orphan in Switzerland, who is handed off to her gruff grandfather. He is warmed by her spirit, and she basks in the glow.]]> <![CDATA[Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance — Shows Coming Our Way Next Season - ]]> With this week’s announcements of the 2014-15 seasons for touring shows presented by Broadway in Cincinnati and by Cincinnati Landmark Productions at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, you have more than a dozen choices to consider.]]> <![CDATA[Playing Favorites - ]]> Two weeks ago, I spoke to a group of high school kids about being a theater critic. One asked, “What’s your all-time favorite show?” I was stumped. ]]> <![CDATA[Shakespeare and Stoppard: The Absurdity of Existence - ]]> Whether or not you’re a Shakespeare aficionado, you’ve certainly heard of Hamlet, generally considered one of his greatest plays, if not one of the greatest works ever written for the stage.]]>