0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I’ve had grandparents on my mind recently. Shirley Temple’s passing on Feb. 10 reminded me of her 1937 film Heidi,
the story of a neglected orphan in Switzerland, who is handed off to
her gruff grandfather. He is warmed by her spirit, and she basks in the
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two weeks ago, I spoke to a group of high
school kids about being a theater critic. One asked, “What’s your
all-time favorite show?” I was stumped.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Just a few more shopping days before
Christmas. Theater is a great idea for last-minute gifts. Start a
tradition that’s easy to repeat year after year. A trip to see a show is
a wonderful gift, especially for kids. My earliest memory of
theatergoing is my grandfather taking me to see the musical Brigadoon. I still remember it.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Know Theatre is typically the last of our
local professional theaters out of the gate in the fall. It takes the
small company a while to recuperate from the Fringe Festival, from being
a venue for the MidPoint Music Festival and from the numerous other
activities they host at their Jackson Street venue in Over-the-Rhine.
But they’re finally in the midst of the run of their first regular
production for fall 2013, Mike Bartlett’s Bull.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Requiem Project amended its lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati over the Emery Theatre, arguing that UC have systematically failed their charitable purpose.
Great acting brings a callous world to life
0 Comments · Monday, October 21, 2013
Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men
are victims of bigotry and persecution, and life is treated callously.
Lennie and George’s friendship, built on
familiarity and kindness, is sadly trampled by an uncaring world, quick
to judge and destroy. This is a deeply moving production.
Dare to experience a bounty of art offerings in Cincinnati — and beyond
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
features countless exciting opportunities to support the arts around the
city (and beyond) in the fields of visual arts, dance, vocal arts and
classical music, theater and film. We encourage you to break out of your
typical routine this season, and this Fall Arts Preview is stocked with
plenty of ideas for your calendar.
by Rick Pender
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The pickings have been kind of slim at Know Theatre over the
past year. The quality has been high (the staging of When the Rain Stops Falling was one of the best shows onstage
locally during 2013, and Mike Bartlett’s Cock
offered a showcase of strong acting), but the works have felt few and far
between. So today’s announcement from Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier
of a full schedule that’s already under way and extends beyond the typical end
of the 2013-2014 season is welcome news. Here’s what’s in store following
Lauren Gunderson’s Macbeth-inspired
comedy Toil and Trouble (presently
onstage through Aug. 24):
Bull by Mike Bartlett (Nov. 1-30): Yes, it’s another piece by
the playwright of Cock, making Know
the first U.S. theater to produce both pieces by the British writer. Both use a
stripped-down aesthetic — no props and no scenery make for a lot of onstage
intensity regarding characters and their relationships. This one is the story
of three mid-level executives who compete for two corporate positions. Brian
Robertson, who also staged Cock,
returns to direct this one, and George Alexander, one of the four actors in the
earlier show, will perform in this one, too.
The Naughty List (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, Dec.
1-30): OTRImprov, an improvisational comedy troupe that’s part of Know’s
Jackson Street Market, will hold forth in the courtyard at Arnold’s Bar &
Grill in downtown Cincinnati for the holidays. Combining long- and short-form
improv, the performers will offer a very irreverent take on the holidays — with
the help of audience suggestions and participation.
Pluto (Jan. 24-Feb. 22, 2014): Know’s former artistic director
Jason Bruffy comes back to town to stage a poignant and evocative new script by
Steve Yockey. The production is part of a rolling world premiere through the
National New Play Network, and it will feature two excellent local
professionals, Annie Fitzpatrick and Tori Wiggins. An ordinary day in a
suburban home takes a strange turn following a local tragedy, what with all
hell breaking loose. Know’s publicity says the show “explores tragedy, loss and
the way love can blind us to the truth.”
TBD (April 4-May
10, 2014): Know is holding a slot for a production to be announced later. You
can be sure it will be another script with the ink still drying.
Cincinnati Fringe Festival (May 27-June 7, 2014): The 11th
annual Fringe will be back with 12 days of theater, music, dance, film, art —
and a lot of stuff in between that kind of defies simple description.
Applications for performers will be accepted starting Sept. 1, 2013 (through
Dec. 6). Info: www.cincyfringe.com.
Moby Dick (Fall 2014): Playwright Julian Rad adapted Herman
Melville’s great American novel for an Off-Off-Broadway production in 2003.
Michael Burnham, recently retired from a long career as a professor of drama at
UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, will co-direct the show with designer
Andrew Hungerford. The tale of revenge and obsession with Captain Ahab pursuing
the great white whale that maimed him has been stripped to its essence for what
promises to be a highly theatrical endeavor that uses sea chanteys and creative
In addition to these full-scale productions, Know has
announced several Fringe “encores,” the return of shows that were hits during
the festival’s 10th iteration back in June. Jon Kovach will repeat his powerful
one-man show based on Ron Jones’ The Wave (Aug. 26-27);
comedian/storyteller/singer Kevin Thornton will present Stairway to Kevin (Sept.
6 and 13); and Paul Strickland’s one-man trailer park fairytale comedy, Ain’t
True and Uncle False (Oct. 11-12).
Tickets for the full-productions are $15 in advance, and $20
the week of the performance; Fringe “encore” tickets are $12. Know offers sets
of six-show flex passes for $90 that do not expire. They can be exchanged for
tickets for any of these productions. For more information: 513-300-5669 or
The best address in Dayton is Avenue Q
0 Comments · Monday, June 24, 2013
Much of Avenue Q's humor derives from the use of puppets
very much like those you will remember from Sesame Street. But here
they're gay, racist
Keith Glover brings the Blues back to the Cincinnati Playhouse
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I became CityBeat’s arts and
entertainment editor in 1998, following a few years of being a
contributing writer, covering the local theater scene. In 1999 I wrote
my first big cover story — it was about Keith Glover and his Blues
musical, Thunder Knocking on the Door.