CityBeat - Curtain Call http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-20-1-curtain_call.html <![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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<![CDATA[Ooh La La! Diane Lala Keeps Performers Moving at CCM - ]]>

With a name like Diane Lala, she was apparently destined for a career in musical theater.

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<![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.]]>