0 Comments · Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Here are the ingredients: a couple of
Broadway and off-Broadway hits, three world premieres, a lavish Jane
Austen show, a classic musical by Kander and Ebb, an innovative drama
with tap dancing and video, plus holiday festivities...
Broadway production takes risks lyrically exploring '50s racial divide
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award winner for best musical, is loosely based
on the story of a white disc jockey who crossed the color line and
played black music on the radio in the racially divided Tennessee city, and it’s a story worth witnessing.
by Rick Pender
An avalanche of theater heads our way next week — including the touring Broadway musical Memphis (not Million Dollar Quartet, as mistakenly published in last Sunday's Enquirer), the regional premiere of Freud's Last Session
at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (not "Freud's Last Stand" as the same
Enquirer piece labeled it — doesn't our daily paper employ copy editors
and fact checkers?), the world premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Abigail/1702 (in previews this weekend; read more here)
and a concert staging of Lerner & Loewe's lovely musical Camelot at
the Carnegie Center in Covington (with accompaniment by Mischa Santora
and members of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra).
By the way, there's apparently such anticipation for Freud's Last Session,
which features local actor Bruce Cromer, that tickets are selling out
for some performances. As a result, even before the show opens on Jan.
23, ETC has extended the show's run by a week, to Feb. 16. Box office: 513-421-3555
If you haven't yet caught Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's staging of Richard II, you really should make a point of doing so. In my review,
I pointed to Brent Vimtrup's multi-faceted performance. I'll add here
that there are strong supporting performances from Jim Hopkins, Nick
Rose and Giles Davies (this longtime CSC favorite is back in town for a
few productions). This show isn't often produced (it's the first time
for Cincy Shakes in its 19-year history), but this staging will make you
wonder why. It's bursting with poetry, and there's lots to look at with
beautiful 14th-century-styled costumes. An Acclaim Awards panel cited
Vimtrup's performance as well as Andrew Hungerford's lighting design; I
gave the production a Critic's Pick. Need any more encouragement?
Tickets: 513-381-2273, x1
Elsewhere, you'll find a production of Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter
by Untethered Theater at Clifton Performance Theatre. This is a chilly
drama about a weird love triangle. It's a great piece for three young
actors. Look for a review in the next issue of CityBeat. (Tickets: 513-939-0599) If you want something a little lighter, consider Moonlight and Magnolias
at Mariemont Players, a very dependable community theater on
Cincinnati's east side. The show is an amusing reconstruction of the
behind-the-scenes shenanigans involved in writing the script for Gone with the Wind. It's told with a lot of slapstick that will have audiences laughing out loud. (513-684-1236)
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
If you spent some of last spring watching the TV series Smash,
you learned that Broadway producers look for talent whose names attract
audiences. The commercial concerns of Broadway
producers are surely a big factor in their decision-making, especially
how much magnetism a star can bring. This led me to speculate whether we
have bankable stars in Cincinnati.
by Jac Kern
One year ago today, the home of Shannon DeBra, founder of the all-foster rescue Recycled Doggies, caught on fire. Thirteen dogs and one cat died as a result, and Recycled Doggies faced a tremendous setback. Tonight, on the tragedy's anniversary, animal lovers everywhere are invited to attend a benefit, give what you can and support the organization and all its foster families and volunteers. Head over to Star Lanes at the Levee for a silent auction, raffles, happy hour specials and, of course, plenty of bowling fun. Go here to RSVP to the event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.CANstruction kicked off today, with teams building artistic creations made entirely out of canned goods. Stop by the Weston Gallery to see their progress and drop off canned goods of your own. All donations, and all cans used to build the artwork, will go to the Freestore Foodbank.
Crazy! Cool. No, I'm not talking about TLC's 1994 album, I'm talkin' 'bout West Side
Story. The Bernstein and Sondheim hit is alive and well 55 years after
its debut on Broadway. The Jets and Sharks put any Crosstown Shootout
rivalries to shame, and in this revived version, audiences can expect a
grittier tale with more Hispanic influence. The classic runs at the
Aronoff Center through March 11. Find details here.Every Tuesday is Writer's Night at MOTR Pub. Songwriters, poets, spoken word artists — anyone with original work is welcome to share. Sign ups open at 8:30 p.m. and $40 goes to a special winner each week. Lucas of The Dukes Are Dead hosts. Enjoy a beer, a BLT and great company.Honey in Northside offers a $10 comfort food menu every Tuesday. Choose from homestyle favorites like fish and chips, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, chicken stew with dumplings and more. It's a great chance to try the local spot if you've never been and you're on a budget. Peep our full review of Honey here.Check out our To Do page for tons of recommended art shows open today.
Humor obscures play's more serious points
0 Comments · Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tricky Dick did it again. I went to see the touring production of 'Frost/Nixon' with high expectations. The play won praise in London and New York, and the current film based on Peter Morgan's play has been a hit. But no more than a half hour into the 100-minute performance I felt like I'd been handed one more "gotcha" by a president who bamboozled Americans.
Onstage Wizard tries to mimic the classic film
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As a kid, I watched "The Wizard of Oz" annually on TV. The 1939 film is a classic, and its stars, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, songs and lines are iconic. Now it's been turned into a stage musical. Unfortunately, a touring version, at the Aronoff for a two-week run, never gets beyond reproducing the film.