CityBeat - Curtain Call http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-20-1-curtain_call.html <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Attention, Holiday (Theater) Shoppers! - ]]> Just a few more shopping days before Christmas. Theater is a great idea for last-minute gifts. Start a tradition that’s easy to repeat year after year. A trip to see a show is a wonderful gift, especially for kids. My earliest memory of theatergoing is my grandfather taking me to see the musical Brigadoon. I still remember it.
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<![CDATA[Thankful for 'Twelfth Night' - ]]> So it’s Thanksgiving week and I’m wandering down memory lane to offer an insight into why I’m thankful to be a theater critic. I grew up in a small town near Cleveland, acted (poorly) in some high school productions and was infected with an abiding love for theater. As a teenager I sought out productions at places like the Cleveland Playhouse and summer seasons at Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.
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<![CDATA[Cock-and-Bull Stories - ]]> Know Theatre is typically the last of our local professional theaters out of the gate in the fall. It takes the small company a while to recuperate from the Fringe Festival, from being a venue for the MidPoint Music Festival and from the numerous other activities they host at their Jackson Street venue in Over-the-Rhine. But they’re finally in the midst of the run of their first regular production for fall 2013, Mike Bartlett’s Bull.]]> <![CDATA[Plays for Young Audiences Take Root "Off the Hill" - ]]> When I mention the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, you likely think of the theater that sits on the hilltop above Mount Adams...But the folks who run the Playhouse know that new audiences must be continuously cultivated, and for that reason, they deliver performances through a program they call “Off the Hill,” which tours shows for young audiences to community arts centers across the Tristate.]]> <![CDATA[Learning Experiences: Cincy Shakes and Xavier Theater Collaborate - ]]> Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is partnering with the theater program at Xavier University to stage Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. (Oct. 25- Nov. 3; tickets are $15-$30; 513-745-3939.) This came about because Stephen Skiles, who heads XU’s theater program, is friends with Brian Isaac Phillips, CSC’s artistic director. Skiles was an acting intern at the Cincinnati Playhouse 16 years ago when Phillips was recruited to fill out a cast.]]> <![CDATA[Passing of Knowledge - ]]> A change in leadership is under way at Over-the-Rhine’s Know Theatre. Eric Vosmeier, producing artistic director for the past half-dozen years, is gradually handing over the reins to resident scenic and lighting designer Andrew Hungerford. Know, an adventurous and occasionally chaotic organization that began in 1997, is handling this evolution in a surprisingly orderly fashion.]]> <![CDATA[Haunting Tales, Flying High - ]]> Occasionally I like to discuss where plays and musicals come from. We have two interesting examples locally this month: a touring production of Ghost the Musical at the Aronoff and the Cincinnati Playhouse’s regional premiere of Fly, a historical drama presented with imaginative staging.]]> <![CDATA[Behave Yourself - ]]> As the season kicks off, it’s the perfect moment for a few reminders about theater behavior. Attending a play does not require dressing up or even being concerned about when to applaud (that’s more complicated for symphony-goers). But it’s not the same thing as watching TV at home. After all, you’re out in public, in close proximity to other people who have paid to see live performers.]]> <![CDATA[Things Known and Unknown — Upcoming Shows at Know Theatre - ]]> A year ago, Know Theatre announced a strategic plan to shift away from being a traditional company offering annual seasons. Instead, Know announces programming on a rolling basis. That led to a lighter-than-expected stretch in 2012 and 2013, which nonetheless featured several excellent productions.]]> <![CDATA[The Drama Workshop Is Rolling Strikes at the Glenmore - ]]> There’s no place like home. That mantra has put several Cincinnati area community theaters in a good place: Owning a facility means scheduling flexibility, room to rehearse and the opportunity to grow.]]> <![CDATA[Finding a Niche in Local Theater — and Seeking More - ]]> In recent columns I surveyed Cincinnati theater companies that came and went during the past 20 years. Some stumbled because their founders had more passion than management expertise; others simply lacked the focus to keep audiences coming back. The truth is it’s hard to identify a niche and settle into it]]> <![CDATA[Another Round of Cincinnati Theaters — Come and Gone - ]]> Drawing on my efforts to cover theater in Cincinnati for a quarter-century (including writing for CityBeat since 1994), two weeks ago I wrote about theaters that came and went during the 1990s. This week, I’m looking at companies that started during the 2000s.
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