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by Rick Pender 02.06.2015
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Stage Door: Two One-Woman Shows Worth Seeing This Weekend

A special treat onstage at the Aronoff Center's Fifth Third Bank Theater through a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, featuring Torie Wiggins giving voice to people making pronouncements about race, justice and violence in America. The script by Anna Deavere Smith, drawn verbatim from numerous interviews, was created in the mid-1990s in the following the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict more than two decades ago. But it feels incredibly timely in light of recent tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere — leading to questions about whether America has made any progress since then. Wiggins brings to life dozens of people — black, white, Hispanic and Asian — offering a myriad of opinions about events and outcomes. "No Justice/No Peace," words heard recently, echo through this script, punctuated with videos and quick audio introductions as Wiggins flips from role to role. It's an impressive performance and a reminder how theater can be more than entertainment — Twilight is a provocative presentation about American culture. Staged by Cincinnati Shakespeare's artistic director Brian Isaac Phillips. Tickets: 513-621-2787.A second one-woman show worth seeing is The Year of Magical Thinking, an effective, bare-bones production at the College Hill Town Hall (1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati 45205) by the Cincy One Act Festival. It's based on Joan Didion's painful confrontation with grief following her husband's unexpected death and their daughter's serious and ultimately mortal illness. Cate White performs as Didion, the narrator of this deeply personal story; Lyle Benjamin is the director. The show is being presented on Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 28 (no performances on Feb. 20-21). Tickets: 888-428-7311.It's a great month for women onstage month on local stages, what with Corinne Mohlenhoff in another solo show The Handmaid's Tale at Know Theatre (CityBeat review here; box office: 513-300-5669), which also happens to be directed by Brian Phillips; and Regina Pugh as a beleaguered scientist whose world is coming unraveled in The Other Place at Ensemble Theatre (CityBeat review here; box office: 513-421-3555).Rick Pender's STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.
 
 

Love List: Brian Sholis

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Brian Sholis moved to Cincinnati from his editor post at the Aperture Foundation in New York just over a year ago for his very first museum job as the Cincinnati Art Museum’s associate curator of photography.   

Love List: Napoleon Maddox

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The frontman of long-standing conscious local Hip Hop group ISWHAT?!, Napoleon Maddox speaks enthusiastically and deliberately during a recent meeting at Island Frydays on Short Vine.  

Love List: Andy Gasper, Logan Lautzenheiser, Karl Spaeth, Chris Weir

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Late night (aka 10 p.m.) the final Sunday of each month, four dudes in lab coats take the stage at MOTR Pub under the moniker Future Science for an hour and a half of absurdist multimedia sketch comedy, complete with human baked potatoes, a variety of props and loosely obtained doctorate degrees.  

Love List: Ileana Saldivia

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Ileana Saldivia’s journey to become a pastry chef is a unique one, to say the least.  

Love List: Sam Ulu

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
After growing up in Nigeria and spending his childhood learning English by watching movies, Sam Ulu came stateside to pursue an education in aerospace engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology.  

Love List: Tamara Winters

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tamara Winters is new to Know Theatre, but not to Cincinnati. She spent two years at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) a decade ago as a member of the intern company after her 2004 graduation from Ohio University.  

Love List: Megan Deal

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
She’s passionate about connecting people to make an impact in the cities they call home.  

Love List: Justin Jeffre

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Justin Jeffre jettisoned his flashy music career to become a local social justice crusader who fights for those whose voices aren’t heard enough.  

Love List: Stacey Vest

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
She’s the perfect balance of zany, sugary sweet and artistic genius; her wigs are both a drag queen’s dream and some of the most couture headpieces ever to come out of the Queen City.  

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