CityBeat - Onstage http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-27-1-onstage.html <![CDATA[The Times They Are A-Changin’ - ]]>

In Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, now onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse, it’s not just Paige that yearns for change — other characters include ballplayers eager to move up and a young woman aspiring to a career as a club singer.

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<![CDATA[Play by Play - For 40 years, Louisville’s Humana Festival has been showcasing new works for American theaters]]> Doing anything for 40 consecutive years is a noteworthy feat, especially when that “thing” is producing new plays.
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<![CDATA[Strong Women: For Better or Worse - ]]> It’s not so rare today to see a play with a woman as its focal character. Two current Cincinnati productions define opposite ends of the spectrum of admirable and despicable characters.]]> <![CDATA[Bring on the Night - Welcome to Night Vale brings its quirky storytelling to the stage]]> Set in the fictional Southwestern desert town of Night Vale, the podcast is presented as a radio show complete with news, weather, advertisements and updates on local events and happenings.]]> <![CDATA[Unexpected Visits and Confrontations - ]]> Husbands, wives and children are key elements in two provocative productions currently on Cincinnati stages, as are unexpected visits and the resulting confrontations. ]]> <![CDATA[Greg Behrendt: Still into You - ]]>

Though he still considers himself a stand-up comedian by trade, Greg Behrendt is probably best known as the co-author, along with Liz Tuccillo, of the book He’s Just Not That Into You.

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<![CDATA[Ensemble Theatre: The Dangerous Ascent of 'Annapurna' - ]]> Critic’s Pick: Annapurna is the story of a onetime cowboy/poet/college professor named Ulysses (Dennis Parlato) and his long-ago wife Emma (Regina Pugh).]]> <![CDATA['Mothers and Sons': A Collision of Generations and Attitudes - ]]> Playwright Terrence McNally has written a lot of plays. When Mothers and Sons, his 2014 drama currently onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse, debuted in 2014, it was his 20th Broadway show and his 50th year on Broadway.]]> <![CDATA[Parents, Children and the Ways of the World - ]]> Because we all have parents and many of us have children, plays about adults’ impact on their offspring typically resonate with audiences. The results can be for better or for worse, as evidenced by two plays currently on Cincinnati stages.]]> <![CDATA[John Dunsworth Takes ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Mobile - ]]> Dunsworth's Jim Lahey is one of the most iconic characters in Trailer Park Boys, which deftly maneuvers between film, television and stage. Randy & Mr. Lahey LIVE stops in Cincinnati with a sold-out performance Wednesday at the Woodward Theater.]]> <![CDATA[To Kill a Mockingbird (Review) - Creative adaptation at Cincinnati Playhouse is a lesson for our time]]>

I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen the story told in quite the way Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist Eric Ting has shaped this adaptation, using a script adapted by Christopher Sergel.

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<![CDATA[Exercises in Civics and Desperation - ]]> Fringe shows have a way of sneaking up on you with profound messages when you least expect them. That’s exactly what happens with Beertown, currently onstage at Know Theatre. ]]> <![CDATA[The Times of Their Lives - CCM presents Green Day Rock opera American Idiot]]> The stage production of American Idiot expands on the album, focusing on Johnny, Will and Tunny, who yearn to flee their arid suburban existence.]]> <![CDATA[A Witty Dose of Jane Austen at Cincy Shakes - ]]> Jane Austen. Her name spells theater magic in the 21st century. Stage an adaptation of one of her early 19th-century novels, and you will fill theater seats. Beyond Shakespeare, Austen is, in fact, surely the most widely recognized figure in English literature ]]> <![CDATA[Vive les Femmes! - Gunderson's 'The Revolutionists' is a show to be reckoned with]]> I’ve complimented the Cincinnati Playhouse’s Blake Robison for his efforts this season to feature female playwrights. (Half of the shows he chose for 2015-2016 are by women.) ]]> <![CDATA[The Courage to Ask, ‘What If?’ - ]]>

If/Then traces a pair of divergent paths for Elizabeth, a city planner who returns to New York after a painful divorce. When her future is hijacked by fate — epitomized by two very different friends — her life splits into two parallel outcomes.

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<![CDATA['BlackTop Sky': Painful Reality - ]]> The view from the asphalt-paved courtyard surrounded by housing projects isn’t a pretty sight. In fact, the desolate space with nothing but a pair of park benches is downright depressing for Ida...]]> <![CDATA[The Ups and Downs of Strong Women - ]]> Audiences will laugh and gasp at Karen Zacarías’ amusing Native Gardens at the Cincinnati Playhouse and feel troubled by the plight of a fighter pilot in George Brant’s gripping Grounded at Ensemble Theatre.]]> <![CDATA[Fantasies — Fanciful and Mundane - ]]> People do a lot of dreaming, and their emotions are often tied up in those dreams. That’s the case with two very different stage productions currently available at local theaters. ]]> <![CDATA[Henry VI: Onstage Action Movie - ]]> Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its five-year project to produce the Bard’s “History Cycle,” tracing the reigns of King Richard II and III, and three Henrys (IV, V and VI) in between.]]>