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Another Round of Cincinnati Theaters — Come and Gone

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Drawing on my efforts to cover theater in Cincinnati for a quarter-century (including writing for CityBeat since 1994), two weeks ago I wrote about theaters that came and went during the 1990s. This week, I’m looking at companies that started during the 2000s.   

God Bless Them Every One!

Cincinnati theaters ready their holiday offerings

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It's the time of year when theaters hope to strike holiday gold with shows that will deliver lots of ticket revenue — enough to provide the funds needed for the second half of their seasons. The hands-down winner, of course, is Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,' a budget balancer for the Cincinnati Playhouse since 1991. But there are plenty of other holiday-themed stories being told on local stages this season.  

Little Shop of Horrors (Review)

Jersey Productions plants the seeds, but a gardener is needed

2 Comments · Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There's a lot to like about Jersey Productions staging of the campy classic musical 'Little Shop of Horrors.' The music is tuneful, the voices are good, the humor is goofy and amusing (even if you've seen it before) and the modest staging doesn't get in the way. But something's missing at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater.  

Oklahoma! (Review)

Jersey Productions' version of the classic musical has straightforward momentum

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Jersey Productions' summer season has kicked off with a production that avoids cliches and plays to the strengths of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show that actually established a new way to tell stories, using songs and dancing to advance the plot. Director Jason Bruffy has given this spirited 'Oklahoma!' a straightforward momentum, and Liz Vosmeier has reproduced Agnes de Mille's iconic choreography that was an essential attraction of the original hit.  

Jersey's in the Know

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Elsewhere on this site, you can read my review of Jersey Productions' 'Oklahoma!', which represents more than the opening of Jersey's fourth season. It's part of an innovative arrangement with Know Theatre. The two companies are moving forward with complimentary programs and strengthening one another at the same time. That's good news for everyone who cares about live theater in Greater Cincinnati.  

Nunsense (Review)

Oft-produced comedy has its charms

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Even when Nunsense was new and fresh -- in 1985 -- I found its punning, pseudo-religious humor to be labored. But it has its charms, especially as a gee-whiz, let's-put-on-a-show kind of entertainment.