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Striking 12 (Review)

The music is the good part at New Stage Collective

1 Comment · Monday, December 15, 2008
As an anti-traditional, anti-sentimental entertainment, New Stage Collective's 'Striking 12' zips right along. At least it does when the six singer-musicians are making, as they do, some fine and fascinating music. When they set their hands to acting the meager semi-script, the show proves something less than zippy.  

The History Boys (Review)

New Stage continues run of excellent plays

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This is an intellectual vaudeville that uses some songs, lots of supporting music, even a casual dance or two to augment its witty examination of serious ideas. So "The History Boys" is right up director Alan Patrick Kenny’s alley. And what a scampering pleasure he makes of it, raucous scene after raucous scene, right up to a powerful closing moment when the boys turn “Bye, Bye Blackbird” into a singularly appropriate dirge.   

Bursting Forth in Summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Just like the economy, Cincinnati's theater scene runs in cycles. Ten years ago, summer was full of theater choices: UC's College-Conservatory of Music entertained us with new or seldom-seen shows at Hot Summer Nights and the Cincinnati Playhouse offered interesting fare. Those series dried up for budgetary reasons about five years ago, but suddenly summer theater has burst forth again. Last weekend, we had four new productions to choose from in addition to New Stage Collective's "Jerry Springer: The Opera," which opened in late June, and Commonwealth Theatre Company at NKU, where a dinner-theater production of "Forever Plaid" wraps up on Sunday. Know Theatre Tribe Know Theatre of  

Shining City (Review)

Mesmerizing poetry dazzles at New Stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New Stage Collective has opened its eight-play 2008-09 season with another dazzler, the regional premiere of Conor McPherson's 2006 Tony nominee, "Shining City." Prediction: When CEA ballots are assembled next July, this show likely will be in the running for "outstanding local premiere" and Randy Lee Bailey certainly will be nominated for his outstanding performance.