Quake: A Closet Love Story (Recommended)

0 Comments · Thursday, May 31, 2012
There’s a rift between Joe and Hannah, the couple at the epicenter of New Edgecliff Theatre’s Fringe piece, Quake: A Closet Love Story, by Tyler Olson. Once upon a time, the two were married and in love. But recently, they’ve split.   

American Badass in Cincy

0 Comments · Friday, June 1, 2012
Tommy Nugent is a familiar Cincinnati Fringe performer: Starting in 2007, he’s been here with Tommy Nugent’s The Show and Tommy Nugent’s Burning Man Redux. He’s a monologist grounded in public speaking — not exactly a theater guy, but someone who’s totally comfortable in front of an audience. Although in the program for this year’s Fringe offering, American Badass in Cincy, he writes, “I’m no longer compelled to put my name in every show title,” his subject matter is focused completely on … Tommy Nugent.   

Female Desires

1 Comment · Thursday, May 31, 2012
Female Desires is a collection of monologues expressing the desires, needs, challenges and fears of young women today. Written by Eliza Martin, the piece is organized into four quartets of interwoven stories, loosely connected to each other thematically.    

2012 FringeNext: You Will Have 25 Minutes to Complete This Essay

0 Comments · Thursday, May 31, 2012
You Will Have 25 Minutes To Complete This Essay is one of two teen-created shows in this year’s FringeNext category. Written and directed by Alexx Rouse, it is a happy breeze of a piece that plays against teen stereotypes by speaking directly to them and then surprising you again with odd little twists.  

Start Your Engines

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By the time you read this, the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival will be fully under way. Even if you can’t see every show, you owe it to yourself to come for an evening or two and sample the creativity that will be flowing throughout the 10 venues across Over-the-Rhine.  

Rodney Rumple’s Random Reality

0 Comments · Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Performance Gallery is the only troupe to have presented a show at every Cincinnati Fringe Festival since its inception. Many of those previous productions have been intricate and brilliant, while a few were brave experiments that didn’t quite take flight. Unfortunately, Rodney Rumple’s Random Reality falls into the second category.  

'Color' Outside the Lines at The Carnegie

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
It’d be tempting to turn a show titled Full of Color into a gimmick. Just present a lot of bright, happy paintings and watch the crowds come.  

School's In For Summer

New Art Adademy President John Sullivan steps in

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Does an art academy founded in the 19th century have a place in today’s world? John Sullivan, new president of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, believes it does.    
by Rick Pender 05.25.2012
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Stage Door: Theater Offerings For a Hot Weekend

It’s a three-day weekend that’s more about being outdoors and kicking off summer fun. That being said, if you’re looking for a theater production that will give you some laughs for your weekend, I recommend catching a performance of see The Second City 2: Less Pride – More Pork at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park on its Shelterhouse Stage. I found it a notch up from the very entertaining first iteration of the show that set box-office records for the Mount Adams theater during the 2010 holiday season. Lots of hilarious fun-poking at … us. The clever cast from Chicago’s renowned comedy/improv troupe uniquely tailors each performance to the audience that shows up. Box office: 513-421-3888. I haven’t seen the Showboat Majestic’s opening production of its 90th season (that’s right, the boat has been entertaining audiences for nine decades!), but Babes in Hollywood is another show that’s light and entertaining. It’s a revue of tunes made famous by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney back in the 1930s and ’40s when they were happy-go-lucky adolescent stars. I did see the four-member cast do a number at last Monday’s LCT Awards event, and they have fine voices and a sense of style. I suspect this show will be popular with the grey-haired audience that frequents the Showboat, but I bet people of any age will have a good time watching. Box office: 513-241-6550. If you want something a tad more profound, try Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays. It’s officially categorized as a comedy because it has humorous and romantic elements. But the central story about a potentially fatal argument between a moneylender and a businessman is anything but amusing. CSC’s artistic director Brian Isaac Phillips takes on the role of the rapacious moneylender who has faced anti-Semitic discrimination for his entire life. Is Shylock a villain or a victim? Shakespeare gives him aspects of each, and CSC’s production does not tilt in either direction. You get to decide, and it won’t be easy. Review here. Box office: 513-381-2273, x1. There’s a new theater downtown, just a few doors north of Cincinnati Shakespeare’s venue. They’re calling themselves Speakeasy Theatre, and they’re performing in a storefront space at 815 Race Street. Their inaugural production is Paul Baerman’s The Whistler. The show, directed by Tim Waldrip, is set in 1965 in an unnamed Southern city where a lot a racist attitudes are out in the open. The Andy Griffith Show is in its fifth season, and the guy who whistles that show’s theme (played here by local professional actor Michael G. Bath) is living off the royalties of his work. But life gets more complicated when he meets an African-American trumpet player (Tony Davis is taking on the role) who shares his passion for music. The show just opened on Thursday and I haven’t seen it, but it’s always good to give a new theater a try. The Whistler will be onstage through June 10. Box office: 513-861-7469. Each week in Stage Door, Rick Pender offers theater tips for the weekend, often with a few pieces of theater news.
by Jac Kern 05.22.2012
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Your Tuesday To Do List

May 22 is Buy a Musical Instrument Day, so whether you’ve got the budget for a grand piano or a kazoo, go out there an make some music! Our readers voted Buddy Roger’s as the Best Musical Instrument store in this year’s Best of Cincinnati awards. Check them out here. Over-the-Rhine vocal ensemble Young Professionals’ Choral Collective (YPCC) presents an evening of music and wine tonight with In Vino Veritas (translation: “in wine, there is truth”). Travel across the globe with Italian and South African choral music and wines selected by 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab’s sommelier. You’ll get a taste of various regions, without leaving the city. Memorial Hall hosts the event, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (should have been ordered in advance) and include three glasses of wine. YPCC features more than 100 local singers in their 20s and 30s and is a product of the May Festival. If you didn’t get tickets, meet up with the crew at Below Zero Lounge for an after-party at 8:30 p.m. Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative continues its New Voices season of staged readings of plays tonight with The Fool. The play, written by Fred Rothzeid and directed by Charlie Goetz, gives a modern twist to the role of the classic court jester. Also known as the “King’s Fool,” these jokesters used to mock the absurdity and corruption of those in power. Today, since much of the power lies in the hands of CEOs, could a “Corporate Fool” save the world’s leaders from their own destruction? Noting how congress’ rules and regulations do little to curb corporate greed, Rothzeid suggests taking a page from the past in The Fool. The staged reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Tickets are $8. Looking Ahead Emily St. John Mandel discusses and signs her ambitious new novel, The Lola Quartet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph-Beth in Rookwood Pavilion. The book "pays homage to literary noir and is concerned with jazz, Django Reinhardt, economic collapse, love, Florida's exotic wildlife problem, crushing tropical heat, the leavening of the contemporary world, compulsive gambling, and the unreliability of memory." Anderson wine shop and art gallery Winedog presents its Last Blast of Spring Thursday, with wine tastings (including some Spanish varieties), hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. After you find your new favorite wine, peruse the shop’s offerings and bring a bottle home! Make reservations for the event, which runs 6-9 p.m., by calling 888-288-0668 or sign up online before Wednesday.