0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
In early 2014 countless friends told me,
“I couldn’t believe I was laughing at the things they were saying.” They
were describing their reactions to the touring production of the Tony
Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, by Broadway in
Cincinnati (Jan. 7-26).
by RICK PENDER, CityBeat staff
67 days ago
More Directing Talent at the Playhouse. Last Wednesday the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park announced that Obie Award-winning director Eric Ting will join the theater as an Associate Artist for the 2015-2016 season. Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison said, "I've known Eric for nearly 15 years, when he began his career as a student at the University of Tennessee. Since then he has created an impressive body of work as one of the country's most gifted young directors. He's in touch with a new generation of American playwrights, and he brings a fresh perspective to the classics. He's distinguished himself off-Broadway with an Obie Award. And his time at Long Wharf Theatre [in Connecticut as associate artistic director] has given him experience in an institutional theatre." Ting's 2012 Obie recognized his direction of Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation on the Herero of Namibia, Formerly South-West Africa from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915. The New Yorker called his production at Soho Rep "a thrilling opportunity to see both a serious new talent developing her voice and what an inspiring director can do to encourage it." Ting said he's honored to be named an associate artist at the Playhouse: "I've long admired Blake's work as an artistic leader and have been following the storied work of the Playhouse ever since my sister's family settled in nearby Montgomery. The associate artists program combines two of the things I hold most dear in life: art-making and community building." Ting joins three other associate artists: Timothy Douglas, Michael Evan Haney and KJ Sanchez. According to Robison, these directors "form the backbone of our directing corps and bring diverse backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints to the Playhouse."Bowled Over. I made my first excursion to Cheviot late last week to see The Drama Workshop's production of a revue of music by Stephen Sondheim, Putting It Together. The community theater's cast of five did a commendable job with Sondheim's challenging tunes, and I was glad to get to see what TDW has done with its new home, The Glenmore Playhouse, a former bowling alley that's become a spacious performance venue thanks to the hard work of the group's many volunteers. TDW recently announced its five-show 2015-2016 season: the musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Sept. 11-27); Ira Levin's murder mystery, Death Trap (Oct. 22-Nov. 8); Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 4-13); Paul Slade Smith's Unnecessary Farce (Feb. 26-March 13, 2016); and the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks (April 22-May 8, 2016). More information: www.thedramaworkshop.org.
Christmas Caroling. For the first time in 24 years, the Cincinnati Playhouse decided to have an understudy for Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and it's a good thing they did: Bruce Cromer had to miss several performances after he sprained his ankle "making merry" during a rambunctious scene in the show. Another local professional, Nick Rose — a founder and a stalwart performer with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for two decades — stepped up from a smaller role and handled a number of performances commendably. Cromer has played Scrooge for a decade (following eight years as Bob Cratchit), so it's nice to know that another fine actor might be ready to become the old curmudgeon when it's time. … Speaking of Dickens' classic story, tune in to WVXU (FM 91.7) on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. for a recording of versatile master comedian Jonathan Winters (an Ohio native who died at age 87 in 2013) presenting his own distinctive reading of the holiday story of redemption. The pioneer of improvisational stand-up comedy, an Ohio native, was a mentor for the late Robin Williams.
Last-Minute Theater Gift? Need just one more gift to finish your Christmas shopping? The creative folks at Cincinnati Landmark Productions have put together three clever packages for dinner and a show at one of their theaters. For $75 there's the "Covedale and Coneys Bundle," offering a pair of tickets to a performance at the Covedale and a $25 gift card for Price Hill Chili. If you're willing to wait until summer is here, you can purchase an "Incline District Complete Night Out" for $100; it includes two tickets to a show at the brand new Warsaw Federal Incline Theater (due to open in June), plus a $50 gift card to either the Incline Public House or Primavista. And if you care to splurge, for $200 you can get "The Incline District Summer of Fun" tickets for all three shows during the summer of 2015 at the Incline Theater plus a $75 gift card for either the Incline Public House or Primavista. For more information or to purchase one of these packages: 513-241-6550.Happy holidays to one and all!
CityBeat's Rick Pender posts theater notices on CALL BOARD every Monday morning.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jake Heggie is one busy composer — a
rarity in itself. That he’s a busy — and successful — opera composer is
even more noteworthy.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
It’s a minor miracle that Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman — the creative team behind Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story, opening this week at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park — found each other.
Performing arts flourish in unique Gaslight District venues
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
On a recent
Wednesday in September, the crowd in the foyer of the Clifton Cultural
Arts Center (CCAC) ate, drank and talked quietly as the New Horizons
Orchestra performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the sun set through
stained glass windows.
Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial widens its scope as a top recurring photography event
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Just by adding the word “Biennial” to its official name for 2014, FotoFocus
— which occurs this month in some 50 venues throughout Greater
Cincinnati — is aiming to raise its importance and artistic
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was hoping that during my first interview with Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum’s new director, he would floor me with his big, ambitious plans. You know, something exciting — something visionary, something contemporary.
Pam Kravetz, Artist/Art Educator
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Pam Kravetz (pamkravetzart.com) is
a multi-hyphenate fiber artist, arts educator, founder of the
knitting/crochet street art gang Cincinnati BombShells (under the
pseudonym Pinky Shears) and a performer.
by Benjamin Kitchen
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
has announced expanded access to their forthcoming LumenoCity series at
Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park after initial tickets sold out in 12
At last year’s inaugural LumenoCity,
a total of 35,000 spectators were dazzled over the course of two nights as
Music Hall was lit up with three-dimensional graphics, bringing OTR to life
with a visual and musical spectacle.
When tickets for a trio of
concerts on Aug. 1-3 became available to the general public in June, CSO
clocked more than 300,000 visits to its website, and the event capacity of 37,500
over three nights was reached in 12 minutes.
CSO has unveiled plans to make the
groundbreaking concert experience open to an even larger number of
Cincinnatians, streaming each concert live on the web at lumenocity2014.com and
broadcasting to nearly 900,000 households throughout the region.
“From day one, LumenoCity has been
guided by a spirit and character of equity, access and generosity,” said CSO
President Trey Devey. “Demand for the event far exceeds the capacity of the
Washington Park viewing area.”
“Now, we’re able to make this free
event available on television, radio, live simulcast sites and the worldwide
web. It is our goal to reach as many people as possible with LumenoCity and
highlight the extraordinary creative energy of our community.”
90.9 WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical
public radio station, will broadcast the performance live on Friday, Aug. 1,
which will open LumenoCity up to listeners who can eye Music Hall from hilltops
or rooftops. Public television station CET will air the event on Saturday, Aug.
In addition to live Internet
streams, the third and final performance will be simulcast at Fountain Square and Riverbend Music Center on Sunday, Aug. 3. Additionally, CSO will issue
5,000 free tickets for a dress rehearsal on Thursday, July 31.
CSO is also putting 3,300 newly
released tickets for the trio of shows up for grabs, which will be issued for
free via a drawing. Patrons may register at lumenocity2014.com, but those who
already have reserved tickets will not be eligible.
The 2014 LumenoCity concert
performances will begin at 8:30 p.m. each of the three evenings with John
Morris Russell conducting the Orchestra as the Cincinnati Pops. After a brief
intermission, Music Director Louis Langrée will lead the Cincinnati Symphony
The visual effects will accompany a
live 40-minute CSO program featuring works from Copland, John Adams,
Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Borodin.