CityBeat - Onstage http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-27-1-onstage.html <![CDATA['Morning Star' Rising - ]]>

Tuesday is the long-anticipated opening of Morning Star, Cincinnati Opera’s first world premiere in more than 50 years.

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<![CDATA[Crass Behavior and Silly Lewdness Generate Summertime Fun - ]]>

A woman pursued by Francis Henshall says, “I know exactly what he’s after. And if he carries on like this, he’s going to get it.” In Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors, Matthew Lewis Johnson plays Henshall in precisely that manner, behaving manically and getting exactly what this play aims for — unbridled, bawdy humor.

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<![CDATA[Wanna-Bes - ]]> Schlockmeister Max Bialystock (Mike Sherman) and accountant Leo Bloom (Spenser Smith) have the same aspiration. As Bloom sings in an opening number of The Producers, “I wanna be a producer.”]]> <![CDATA[Great Choices From the 2015 Cincy Fringe - ]]>

Just four more days for the 2015 Cincy Fringe. CityBeat’s review team has been covering each show’s opening, giving Critic’s Picks to “must-see” productions. Here are a half-dozen edited clips, in case you need tips for shows to consider. Find more picks and full reviews of the 40-plus productions at citybeat.com.

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<![CDATA[Learning How to Act: Onstage and in Life - ]]>

Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation is a deceptively simple play — on the surface, it’s a comedy about five people enrolled in a community center class about learning how to act.

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<![CDATA[Precipitation, Parenting and (Ultimately) Love - ]]> John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a kind of cockeyed Irish love story, focusing on two generations, parents at odds with offspring and that younger generation struggling to find their own balance in the world.
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<![CDATA[Pageantry, History and a Few Laughs - ]]> Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is engaged in an ambitious effort to become only the second theater company in the U.S. to present Shakespeare’s eight history plays in historical order. ]]> <![CDATA[The Real Ron Swanson - Nick Offerman and wife Megan Mullally bring their story- and music-filled relationship show to town]]> Nick Offerman is known for two things: starring as the manly Ron Swanson, the anti-government, meat- and breakfast-loving foil to Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and for being married to the lovely Megan Mullally.]]> <![CDATA[Perhaps Covedale's 'Sound of Music' Could Have Been Better - ]]> Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is a classic show from late in the Golden Age of Broadway musicals, made all the more iconic its 1965 cinematic rendition starring Julie Andrews. ]]> <![CDATA[Durang's Comedy Has a Warm Heart Surrounded by Laughs - ]]> Until Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang’s plays haven’t moved me. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed his sarcastic, often cynical works...]]> <![CDATA[Local Theater Creator Represents True Artistic Freedom - ]]> He’s easy to miss but not hard to recognize. With a flat cap that never seems to leave his head and a pair of khakis that usually complement a playfully logoed T-shirt, Paul Strickland seems average.]]> <![CDATA[CAC Takes Audiences Into the Deep, Dark Woods - ]]> Want to take a contemplative walk in the woods? The Contemporary Arts Center is offering a chance to see nature in a new light — or darkness — on Friday and Saturday. ]]> <![CDATA[Hit and a Miss: NKU's Y.E.S. Festival - Encore, Encore and It's a Grand Night for Murder (Review)]]> Northern Kentucky University’s 17th biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) Festival began last week and continues through April 26. According to NKU professor Sandra Forman, who oversees the project every two years, no other university in America undertakes a festival on this scale.]]> <![CDATA[Too Much of a Good Thing - The Divine Visitor at NKU's Y.E.S. Festival (Review)]]> The third play in Northern Kentucky University’s biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) Festival is David L. Williams' The Divine Visitor. ]]> <![CDATA[The Cuckoo Clock Might Need Some Fine Tuning - ]]> When you hear the name Steve Martin, you surely think of a funny guy — "wild and crazy," in fact — both as an actor and a comedian. But he's also a playwright, and you have the opportunity to see one of his most amusing works at the Carnegie where The Underpants is onstage through April 26.]]> <![CDATA[A Jolly Romp Through a Problem Play - ]]> If you’ve ever seen The Taming of the Shrew, you might remember it as the tale of an ill-tempered woman brought into line by an abusive, gold-digging suitor. In]]> <![CDATA[Long Live the King - Julie Taymor transformed a cartoon into a blockbuster stage production]]> The Lion King began as a popular Disney animated feature film in 1994, but back then no one imagined that it would become a worldwide blockbuster stage production.]]> <![CDATA['Buzzer' Is More About People Than Place - ]]> Tracey Scott Wilson is a playwright unafraid of the prickly issues of contemporary life. In Buzzer at the Cincinnati Playhouse, she tells a story that could be set in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine. (It’s actually in New York City.) ]]> <![CDATA[Heartbreak at Know Theatre - ]]> When I was a teenager, I devoured comic books ... I haven’t spent much time with those stories or characters for years, but Know Theatre’s production of Hearts Like Fists took me back to the days of two-dimensional characters, clear delineation between good and evil and lots of slam-bam action.
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<![CDATA[Confounding Conversations - Tracey Scott Wilson's plays keep people talking about race in America]]> Tracey Scott Wilson, whose recent play Buzzer opens this week at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (it’s onstage through April 19), once said in an interview, “The biggest issue we have in this country is race, and it’s an issue that Americans don’t talk about much. ]]>