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Onstage: Happy Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
If you’re looking for uplifting plays, Samuel Beckett is not the guy you’d normally turn to. Nevertheless, the writer of Waiting for Godot had occasional lighter moments, and Happy Days was one of them.  

Onstage: Violet

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
To close out its 30th-anniversary season, ETC has revived the story of an anxious young woman bearing a disfiguring scar from a childhood accident.  

Catch a Show Starring Someone You Know

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
There’s plenty about our professional theater scene here in Cincinnati to keep me busy writing, but I like to switch gears occasionally and talk about work that’s being done by “amateurs.”  

Onstage: Brigadoon

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This old-fashioned show from 1949 is just the kind of musical that Cincinnati Landmark Productions excels at staging.  

The Times They Are A-Changin’

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
In Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, now onstage at the Cincinnati Playhouse, it’s not just Paige that yearns for change — other characters include ballplayers eager to move up and a young woman aspiring to a career as a club singer.  

Onstage: Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
History suggests Satchel Paige was the greatest pitcher of all time. But his career preceded the moment that professional baseball’s color line was crossed.  

Politics and Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
when I clicked on a Jimmy Kimmel Live! video a few months back and saw Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom and Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, I thought it was a scene from that Tony Award winner. They were hatching a scheme to make money — but this time not with a stinker of a Broadway show. Instead, they needed a stinker of a politician.  

Strong Women: For Better or Worse

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It’s not so rare today to see a play with a woman as its focal character. Two current Cincinnati productions define opposite ends of the spectrum of admirable and despicable characters.  

Onstage: Beauty and the Beast

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The story of Belle, a smart young woman, and her romance with a Beast (a handsome prince under a spell) is a “tale as old as time,” but its tour stop in Cincinnati is short — only five days.  

Do Ho Suh’s ‘Passage’ Honors Hadid’s CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Zaha Hadid’s recent death at age 65 was sad on many levels. One of those is that she won’t get a chance to see the Contemporary Arts Center’s brilliant use of her building for its current installation, Do Ho Suh’s Passage.  

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