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Stages of Cheer

Even on a tight budget, there's holiday spirit at local theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Despite the hard times upon us, you can still enjoy the holidays at a local theater. In fact, Charles Dickens (whose Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge helps many theaters in America balance their budgets) has become kind of a patron saint for the holidays.  

Let's Make a Deal for Theater Tickets

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm not much for holiday shopping, but with the wheezing economy dimming our holiday spirits, I have some suggestions for gifts that will keep you (or those you love) theatrically entertained in the New Year without breaking the bank. A great option offered by many mid-sized theaters is a "flex pass."  

The Price (Review)

Arthur Miller delves into the detritus of broken promises

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"The Price" is neither the last nor the least of Arthur Miller's plays, although it arrived later (1968) and is certainly a lesser effort than the two seminal plays that elevate him to the very pinnacle of American playwriting. Now through Nov. 23 at the Madisonville Arts Center, four Blue Chips Players are airing out the piece in a sometimes rambling, mostly vigorous, ever contentious production that's not unlike beating the dust out of an old carpet.   

God's Man in Texas (Review)

A decent play but less-than-effective showing at Mariemont Players

2 Comments · Thursday, November 13, 2008
David Rambo's 1999 play takes a savage, albeit occasionally comic, look at industrialized Christianity and at mega-churches that operate less on a foundation of faith than on the rock-solid egos of their heaven-hawking pastors.  

H.M.S. Pinafore (Review)

Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera lists a little

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
When done well, Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas can be a delightful blend of whimsical exuberance and lighthearted satire. Cincinnati Music Theatre's production of "H.M.S. Pinafore," directed by Rick Kramer, has a modicum of these qualities, but not enough.  

Simple Things

Playwright Kolvenbach's 'Love Song' is refreshing and hopeful

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Playwright John Kolvenbach likes simple things. He lives in lower Manhattan and walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to his tiny studio office in an area called “DUMBO” (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where he works on scripts … and answers the phone for interviews.  

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Review)

Playhouse offers funny, mature look at love and marriage

0 Comments · Friday, November 7, 2008
The desire for love is a fundamental urge, but perhaps as basic is the drive to remake the object of your affection. That's the funny and poignant premise of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' off-Broadway musical "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change."   

Once on This Island (Review)

NKU production pulses with physical energy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
There's enough enthusiasm to spill beyond the confines of NKU's intimate Stauss Theatre, the university's blackbox studio. The production lacks some discipline, but this is a thoroughly entertaining rendition of a tuneful show.  

Onstage: The Turn of the Screw

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
During the Halloween season a kind of madness seems to grip many Cincinnati theater companies who seek to outdo one another in scaring audiences. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is already at it with a spooky production of "Hamlet," but they're turning up the volume with a second production to fill in the cracks, a two-person theatrical version of Henry James' classic tale "The Turn of the Screw." Performances happen opposite "Hamlet" on Sunday Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., concluding Nov. 9. $15-$20.  

The Turn of the Screw (Review)

A perfect treat for the Halloween season

0 Comments · Thursday, October 30, 2008
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is promoting its current production of "Hamlet" as "the greatest ghost story ever told." But if you gravitate toward such tales, you need to return during the run of the great tragedy for CSC’s staging of "The Turn of the Screw," offered on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  

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