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0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Those pedagogical purposes, however, don't mean there's not solid entertainment on area campuses. Of course, you might have to suspend your disbelief when a 20-year-old plays Willy Loman, but by and large scripts are chosen as learning experiences...  

Hamlet (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare offers a streamlined classic for Halloween

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For his handsome, new, close-focused production of Hamlet at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC), Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips has distilled and intensified the drama’s stark internals, stripping away affairs of state, concentrating on family conflict and reducing the running time to about three hours (four is the norm).  

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.  

Death of a Salesman (Review)

Michael Shooner's Willy Loman hammers and bullies

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The estimably able Michael Shooner assays the role in New Edgecliff Theatre's production. His Willy is a hard-edged, hammering bully blinded by his own shoeshine. He ignores an adoring wife. He pumps his sons full of delusions while neglecting to ground them with a moral compass.  

The Boys Next Door (Review)

Falcon Theatre offers humor and insight

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Michael C. Potter makes obsessive-compulsive Arnold a stream of fast-talking twitches and non-sequiturs, while David A. Levy's Norman is a sweetly innocent guy who obsesses about donuts.  

Militant Language (Review)

In a senseless conflict, soldiers descend into personal versions

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Know Theatre of Cincinnati makes a habit of pushing boundaries. The company often stages unfamiliar plays, scripts about topics sometimes tough to discuss. Such productions might not be best-sellers in a particular theater season, but they are important catalysts for essential conversations.  

Barefoot in the Park (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare production needs new shoes

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For its annual summer fling into lighter fare, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) has elected to reinterpret a Broadway classic: Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.  

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.  

Cloud Tectonics (Review)

Transit Five time jumps with premiere by Jose Rivera

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
One character asks, "When did we meet?" A simple question, right? Not so in Cloud Tectonics, a 75-minute 1995 Jose Rivera script that Transit Five Productions is premiering locally at Xavier University studio theater.  

Recognizing Good Theater With the CEAs

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
On June 25, nominees for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards were announced. The 20 categories include nearly 100 nominees (20 percent more than in past years) since the decision was made to expand from four to five nominees per category.