CityBeat - Onstage http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-27-1-onstage.html <![CDATA[Puppets Provide Inspiration for Local Creative - ]]>

Wearing a Mister Rogers T-shirt with the words “never forget” emblazoned across it, Terrence Burke studies a newspaper while drinking an iced coffee at Northside’s Sidewinder Coffee. The clothing choice is pretty indicative of Burke. In 2010, Burke founded the zany puppet troupe Wump Mucket Puppets, creating and performing with his original cast of characters, colorful in both personality and hue.

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<![CDATA[New Company Brings “Short, Sweet, Cheap” Theater to OTR - ]]>

In 2014 it requires equal amounts of energy, will and naïvety to single-handedly start a theater. But that’s what 22-year-old John Leo Muething is up to with Cincinnati’s newest company, Stone on a Walk. He seems to have all those elements readily at hand, as well as a supportive network of friends and family.

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<![CDATA[CCM Alums Take on the Baritone Bad Boys of ‘La Calisto’ - ]]>

“Who told you Baroque operas are dull?” Andrew Garland says. “Who told you that?” 

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<![CDATA[Singers Revive Roles for Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Silent Night’ - ]]>

Craig Irvin, Andrew Wilkowske and Gabriel Preisser are enjoying a career arc that any opera singer would kill for. All three performed in the world premiere of Silent Night, an opera that garnered rave reviews, a Pulitzer Prize, a PBS broadcast and subsequent productions, including this weekend’s from the Cincinnati Opera, in which the singers reprise their original roles.

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<![CDATA[Countrified Musical in Dayton - ]]>

Country Music can be slippery territory for musical theater: It deals with primal emotions, lost love, heartbreak and gettin’ even. That might make for a powerful musical.

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<![CDATA[Funny Fortune - ]]>

“I wasn’t the funniest person in the room or anything like that,” says comedian Fortune Feimster of her childhood in Belmont, N.C. “I would tell jokes that I heard to friends and I’d watch Saturday Night Live a lot and mimic the sketches in school the following Monday, so comedy was a part of my life.”

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<![CDATA[Private Lives (Review) - Cincy Shakes production is spun from trivial flippancy]]>

Cincy Shakes is winding up its 20th-anniversary season with this witty bon mot of a comedy spun from an avalanche of “incessant trivial flippancy.”

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<![CDATA[Choreographers Communicate with Human Stories - ]]>

As Contemporary Dance Theater celebrates the close of its 41st anniversary season with the Area Choreographers Festival this weekend at the Aronoff, it also bids farewell to founder, artistic and executive director Jefferson James.

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<![CDATA[Grab a Great Show or Two as the Fringe Winds Down - ]]>

The 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is in full swing, heading toward its finale on Saturday. If you haven’t attended yet, you still have plenty of chances to see some fascinating performances.

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<![CDATA[MUSE’s Season Ends with Diverse City’s Debut - ]]>

MUSE, Cincinnati’s women’s chorus, presents Brave Happy Love this weekend with guest performers Diverse City, the area’s first chorus for LGBTQ youth and their allies.

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<![CDATA[Get Fringy With It - CityBeat's hub for 2014 Cincy Fringe Fest coverage]]>

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival's 11th iteration is full-go, with more than 30 performances scheduled across various stages in and around Over-the-Rhine through June 7.

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<![CDATA[Midlife Crisis - Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra turns 40 amid fiscal and leadership challenges ]]>

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis. There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a continually uncertain marketplace.

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<![CDATA[Celebrating an Outstanding Critique - ]]> The folks behind the Cappies program that recognizes high school theater productions and performances decided to establish a new recognition for the 2014 awards, presented on Friday, May 23, at the Aronoff Center. ]]> <![CDATA[Comedian Kathleen Madigan Works Hard, Plays Nice - ]]> Kathleen Madigan first gained national exposure in 2004 on NBC’s second season of Last Comic Standing but was already a headlining comic making the move out of clubs and into theaters.]]> <![CDATA[The North Pool (Review) - A most satisfying drama at the Playhouse]]>

The North Pool leads you down a circuitous path. More than once you’ll think you know what’s behind this conversation and where it’s headed.

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<![CDATA[Size Matters (Review) - Ensemble production is thoughtful, funny and engaging]]>

This simply staged, entertaining piece of theater will make you like a guy you might have otherwise dismissed.

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<![CDATA[Historic Oratorio Takes the Stage Locally and in New York - ]]>

On May 7, 1937 — exactly 77 years ago this week — the Cincinnati May Festival presented the American premiere of The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by Robert Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, conductor and professor. 

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<![CDATA[The Two Noble Kinsmen (Review) - ]]>

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the rarely produced The Two Noble Kinsmen is a noble feat, as it put CSC in the company of only six modern theater companies who have also “completed the canon” by performing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays.  

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<![CDATA[A "Canon" Shot - Cincy Shakes set to join rare company by completing Shakespeare’s 38-play canon ]]>

When scholars refer to William Shakespeare’s canon — his “complete works” — they typically count 38 plays, written between 1590 and 1612. Only six modern theater companies have staged them all, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is set to join the ranks this week.

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<![CDATA[Venus in Fur (Review) - Playhouse production provides revenge — Goddess-style]]>

David Ives' 2010 play combines revenge with a lot of prickly dialogue — contemporary, crude, literate and historic — and some flat-out funny moments.

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