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What’s New Onstage? What’s Popular?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Cincinnati has a theater scene that’s surprisingly sophisticated for a city this size.  

My Name Is Asher Lev (Review)

Ensemble Theater production argues art vs. religion

0 Comments · Friday, January 29, 2010
The intensity that drives 'My Name Is Asher Lev' comes close to swamping the show in its regional premiere at Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati. The core argument — which pits unyielding, enslaving tradition against the enlivening freedom of artistic inquiry — begins to sound like posturing. And the play's vibrant energy, so promising at the outset, slides off into sound and fury.  

Stacking Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
In case you’re keeping track, the most produced play in the United States this season is Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, presently in its regional premiere at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. According to American Theatre magazine, nine productions of the absurdist comedy are scheduled this season. The list excludes works by Shakespeare and holiday-themed shows.  

Review: Gravesongs

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
To showcase its intern company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati has annually contributed a show to the Fringe that features these young performers in scenes by established playwrights or self-written pieces on a particular theme. This year, with a talented set of interns (five 23-year-old women plus a director) they undertook a more coherent piece of theater that has truly paid off.  

Don’t Make Me Pull This Show Over (Review)

A swift and zippy musical on parenting and being parented

1 Comment · Friday, May 1, 2009
It's back ... that musical with the mouthful name that kicked up so much excitement last summer at the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati bills Richard Oberacker's and Robert Taylor's no-plot, no-dialogue, five-person fantasia on parenting production as a premiere, and considering the changes that's close to true.  

A Great and Mighty Ship

ETC starts at the the beginning of August Wilson's play cycle with 'Gem of the Ocean'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Director Ron 'OJ' Parsons knows something about playwright August Wilson. In fact, Parsons met Wilson on numerous occasions before his death in 2005. He's in town to stage Wilson's 'Gem of the Ocean' at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.  

Gem of the Ocean (Review)

Poetry, emotion and affecting characters make ETC production a can't miss

0 Comments · Thursday, February 5, 2009
All too often, August Wilson is termed a great African-American playwright. That's foolishness. Go see 'Gem of the Ocean' at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and tell me if you can think of a better script by any American playwright, one with more poetry, emotion or affecting characters.   

Gems of the Neighborhood

Despite tough economic times, Over-the-Rhine's theater companies continue to breathe life into the neighborhood's bricks and mortar

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The neighborhood's professional theater companies (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Know Theatre of Cincinnati and New Stage Collective) had a thrilling year artistically in 2008. They offered shows that spoke to issues of the day, and they brought tens of thousands of visitors to Over-the-Rhine, most of them the young professional types city leaders seem to covet. For their track record of serving Over-the-Rhine, their dedication to thought-provoking artistic work and their perseverance in face of economic difficulties and general apathy from the powers-that-be, CityBeat names Know's Jason Bruffy, New Stage's Alan Patrick Kenny of Collective and ETC's Lynn Meyers our 2008 Persons of the Year.  

The Seafarer (Review)

ETC's latest production offers raucous, linguistic music

0 Comments · Monday, October 20, 2008
One Irishman might entertain you for an evening with yarns. When playwright Conor McPherson brings five of them together in "The Seafarer" and fuels their conversation with pints of Harp and shots of Irish moonshine, the opportunities expand exponentially.  

Grey Gardens (Review)

ETC season opener is an amusing, cautionary musical about parents and children

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Generational dysfunction is the fuel that drives "Grey Gardens," based on the lives of two relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (an aunt and a first cousin, both named Edith Bouvier Beale) as depicted in a 1975 documentary about their reclusive lives in a once grand Long Island seaside mansion.   

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