CityBeat - Curtain Call http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-20-1-curtain_call.html <![CDATA[Counting on Women Playwrights - ]]>

“The Count,” a recent study of hundreds of theater productions nationwide between 2012 and 2015 at nonprofit theaters such as the Playhouse in the Park and others in Cincinnati, revealed that roughly one-fifth were written by women. That’s an improvement over a decade ago, but it’s a long way from parity.

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<![CDATA[Lessons Learned: Theater Educator Dee Anne Bryll - ]]>

If you read playbills carefully, you’ve probably seen Dee Anne Bryll’s name. She’s worked at most every theater in town — from the Playhouse to the Covedale Center, from Northern Kentucky University to University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, plus countless engagements with local schools.

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<![CDATA[Know Is Ready to Rock with ‘Hundred Days’ - ]]>

Fasten your seat belt — here comes the 2015-2016 theater season. Know Theatre gets bragging rights for being first out of the local theater gate with Hundred Days, a Rock & Roll show it played a significant part in developing.

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<![CDATA[Theater League Gets Its Act Together - ]]>

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was established in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote local theater companies. 

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<![CDATA[A Big Bowl of ‘Serials!’ at Know - ]]>

Know Theatre’s Tamara Winters is straightforward when asked why the Over-the-Rhine theater launched Serials! a year ago: “We wanted to give audiences a reason to keep coming back. We keep bringing it back because it’s working!”

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<![CDATA[Final Thoughts on the 2015 Cincy Fringe - ]]>

The 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival wrapped up last Saturday, but the glow continues.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Fringe: Community, Camaraderie and Passion - ]]> The 13th annual Cincinnati Fringe is under way. Shows start Wednesday and continue through June 6. CityBeat writers will attend the opening performance of every production and provide next-day reviews]]> <![CDATA[Games of Life and Learning: 'Circle Mirror Transformation' - ]]> Wendy Goldberg knows her way around new plays. After two decades of staging them, mostly in Chicago, she moved to Connecticut to lead the O’Neill Theatre Center...]]> <![CDATA[Christopher Durang's Chekhovian Blender - ]]> Christopher Durang got an early start as a playwright. “When I was 8,” he told The Juilliard Journal (he teaches playwriting at the Juilliard School), “I announced to my mother I was going to write a play. It was my own two-page version of an I Love Lucy episode...]]> <![CDATA[The Future of American Theater: a Report From Louisville - ]]> I spent last weekend in Kentucky at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville watching a half-dozen brand new works. The festival is an invigorating whirl of creativity, conviviality and engaging performances.]]> <![CDATA[Kiss Me, Kate - ]]> When I was a high school senior and the teacher who staged the school plays — her name was Mary Price — picked Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, there was a lot of moaning and groaning. Why do we have to perform in some dusty old play from centuries earlier?]]> <![CDATA[Stage or Screen? - ]]>

I had a conversation recently with someone who loves going to the movies but seldom heads to the theater. She asked why she should consider changing her habits.

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<![CDATA[Just Think About It: Tom McElfresh, 1935-2015 - ]]>

At a CityBeat party 10 years ago an acquaintance pulled me aside and asked earnestly, “When you write a harsh review of a play, do you use a different byline? Is it Tom McElfresh?”

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<![CDATA[Juicy Words and Family Feuds in a Tight Space - ]]>

Director Buz Davis recently gave me a tour of the set he designed for August: Osage County, the show he’s directing at Clifton Performance Theatre.

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<![CDATA[Playwriting “Like a Girl” - ]]>

In a “Curtain Call” column last August, I pointed out the scarcity of plays by women staged locally. But I neglected to mention one of the most important writers of the late 20th century: Wendy Wasserstein.

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<![CDATA[‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Adaptation Warns Against Complacency - ]]>

Joe Stollenwerk lives in Bloomington, Ind., where he’s pursuing a doctorate in theater at Indiana University.

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<![CDATA[A Theater for You? - ]]>

Did you resolve to see more theater in 2015? If so, where to start?

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<![CDATA[Theaters Offer Holiday Spirit and More - ]]>

Catching one of the numerous holiday shows on area stages is a tried and true aspect of celebrating the season.

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<![CDATA[No Time for Humbug: A Dickens of a Christmas Story - ]]>

“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

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<![CDATA[What’s New Onstage? What’s Popular? - ]]>

Cincinnati has a theater scene that’s surprisingly sophisticated for a city this size.

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