Santaland Diaries (Review)

Hit or miss holiday hilarity from David Sedaris

0 Comments · Friday, December 5, 2008
'Tis the season, and those jolly holiday elves at New Edgecliff Theatre have arranged for us to revisit Mrs. Jocelyn Dunbar of haute suburbia. She comes complete with a $1.98 blonde wig and a razor tongue, telling her merry tales of an overachieving older son, an underachieving younger son, a flame-tattooed, drug-devoted daughter, a crack-damaged infant grandson and, of course, her philandering husband and his holiday surprise to the Dunbar household: a screeching, mini-skirted, 22-year-old souvenir of his wartime romping in Vietnam.   

Alice in Wonderland (Review)

Cheering for cheer at Ensemble Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, December 5, 2008
'Alice in Wonderland' is Lewis Carroll's beloved whimsical tour de force, written as a cautionary lesson for the daughters of a friend. The story has been updated by Cincinnati playwright Joseph McDonough, with the addition of appropriately silly lyrics and catchy Pop tunes by David Kisor. McDonough's book remains faithful to the spirit of the original, but he hasn't shied away from adding elements familiar to contemporary young people.  

A Christmas Carol (Review)

Playhouse sustains holiday traditions

1 Comment · Monday, December 8, 2008
Charles Dickens published 'A Christmas Carol' in 1843, and onstage versions of it are today a holiday staple at theaters across the English-speaking world, cash cows that sustain operating budgets for the theater season. The tale resonates not simply because Scrooge's conversion has become a familiar holiday story but because Dickens wrote with passion about the plight of everyday people.  

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Drama (Review)

Falcon Theatre takes a step back in time

0 Comments · Monday, December 8, 2008
Stepping inside the Monmouth Theatre in Newport for Falcon Theatre's production of 'It's a Wonderful Life' feels like a step back in time. The company has transformed the intimate performance space into the Falcon Broadcasting Company, a replica of a 1940s radio broadcasting studio. The effect is fun and nostalgic.   

Diverse Holiday Options

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This week's Dish offers a multitude of ways to party this season (some green, some decadent) from EarthSave's holiday dinner to uber-indulgent parties catered by Daveed's. If you like to mix your holiday mingling with social consciousness, start with EarthSave, which will host its holiday potluck dinner Dec. 14.  

Christmas at the Clubs

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... at least if you're looking at the upcoming club events happening over the next few weeks. On Sunday at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, for instance, you can get in the holiday mood by checking out Pat Kelly and his PyschoAcoustic Orchestra.  

Santa Is Magic

Reviewing the mall Santas for authenticity, decor and charm

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I don't know what they do during the rest of the year, but every November hordes of old men descend on American malls dressed like Santa Claus. I don't know if they're retired or bored (maybe there's a lot of money wrapped up in this whole Saint Nick racket) but something drives these people to sit in costume by food courts and wait for the long lines of children to form.  

Uncle Danny Cancels Christmas

You're an adult and you're broke; act like it this holiday season

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We adults need to grow up, take a look at our credit card statements and relax the spending. We're all on our own now. Times are tough, and socially obligated gifting won't get any of us out of our financial difficulties. Anyone who buys presents or sings carols this year is a total jerk. Christmas is canceled.  

Shopping Ain't All Bad

With everyone strapped this holiday season, deals abound

0 Comments · Sunday, November 30, 2008
I don't know about you, but I think what's happening to the economy is great. With gas ridiculously cheap, I can actually buy more of everything I don't need. Luckily, deals are popping up all over the place, and it would just be silly to pass up any of them. Let's celebrate the "season of savings."  

Holiday Nourishment

Eating a (reasonably priced) Christmas dinner out this year

4 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You know the scene: A jangled Parker family makes their way to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, still mourning their turkey's fate as a plaything for 785 "Notafinga!" bloodhounds. Create your own Christmas story with one of these seven recommendations for dinner out on Dec. 25.