CityBeat - Onstage http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-27-1-onstage.html <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Cincinnati Has Fun Putting on ‘Kinky Boots’ - ]]> Encountering a show title that uses the word “kinky,” you might think that the so-named play could push the boundaries of taste. That’s certainly not the case with Kinky Boots, despite the images the title suggests.]]> <![CDATA[Living Up to Expectations - J. Harrison Ghee connects his life to <i>Kinky Boots</i>]]> A show called Kinky Boots might seem an unlikely source for life advice, but the 2013 Tony Award winner about a beleaguered shoe factory that retools and changes lives in the process has proven to be just that. ]]> <![CDATA[Check Out the Theater Pipeline: Choices for 2016 - ]]> If you were captivated by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s hit (and revived) production of next to normal in 2011-2012, then you should consider catching the newest show from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Tom Kitt and writer Brian Yorkey. ]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate the Holidays with a Night at the Theater - ]]> The holiday song has it that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s certainly true if you love holiday-themed theater. Some of what’s available in Cincinnati is family-friendly, while some of it takes some liberties with the holidays.]]> <![CDATA[Still Standing: Wanda Sykes - ]]> Wanda Sykes is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer and television producer. It’s been quite a journey for someone who once worked for a top-secret government agency.]]> <![CDATA[On Broadway in New York: An Exploration Leading to Self-Awareness - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Review)]]> Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was in part a tribute to Sherlock Holmes, although the hero in the 2003 mystery novel is an autistic British teenager, not the distinguished private detective of Edwardian England.]]> <![CDATA[On Broadway in New York: Growing Up, Out and Wise - Fun Home (Review)]]> I had the opportunity to see Fun Home on Nov. 11. I enthusiastically second its surprising Tony Award win as 2015’s best musical. (It beat out the odds-son favorite, An American in Paris.)]]> <![CDATA[On Broadway in New York: Beautiful Scenes and "Fidgety Feet" - An American in Paris (Review)]]> Gorgeous is the word for the Broadway production of An American in Paris, a stage adaptation of the 1951 musical movie starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. ]]> <![CDATA[On Broadway in New York: Spoofing Shakespeare and Theater in General - Something Rotten (Review)]]> I turned up at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on Nov. 12 for Something Rotten with moderate expectations. I had seen a number from the show on the Tony Awards last June, so I knew it was an amusing backstage mash-up of Elizabethan England and musical theater.]]> <![CDATA[On Broadway in New York: Entertaining and Frightening - Hand to God (Review)]]> When you enter the Broadway’s Booth Theatre to see Robert Askins’ play, Hand to God, you’re looking at a Sunday School classroom in Texas with cinderblock walls painted blue and windows high enough to let you know it’s in the basement.]]> <![CDATA[Growing Beyond 'Childish Things' - ]]> Count on Know Theatre to come up with offbeat onstage stories. Joseph Zettelmaier’s All Childish Things has the appearance of just that: A trio of guys who remain stuck in childhood despite approaching age 30.]]> <![CDATA[Fun Times in the Forest of Arden - ]]> Critic's Pick: One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, As You Like It, is Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s early holiday offering, and it’s a silly delight with a big cast. ]]> <![CDATA[Shipshape and Seaworthy: H.M.S. Pinafore in Louisville - ]]>

Critic's Pick: Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore was a hit in 1878. The very tongue-in-cheek tale of class distinctions in the British Empire seems pretty creaky in 21st-century America.

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<![CDATA[A Home by Any Other Name - Cincy Shakespeare Company will relocate to a new artistic venue in Over-the-Rhine]]>

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has announced plans for a new $17-million theater at the intersection of 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine, across from the southeast corner of Washington Park.

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<![CDATA[Awash in Memory: ‘Mad River Rising’ - ]]>

Walk into the Marx Theatre at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for Mad River Rising and you’ll be in a different world: the hayloft of an ancient Ohio barn. (It’s an engaging design by Jeff Modereger.)

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