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Springtime Avalanche of Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Actors and stages and shows ... oh, my! April has offered Cincinnatians several unparalleled weeks of "We're off to see the theater." No matter which yellow brick road you followed, it likely led to a stage with an excellent production. Let me recap...  

Bye Bye Birdie (Review)

NKU revival offers a surprisingly serious take on growing up

0 Comments · Monday, April 19, 2010
Northern Kentucky University's production of the musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' is a surprisingly serious take on growing up and finding true love in various means. That's not to say that this is a downer of a play — it elicits laughs from the get-go and leaves the audience chuckling along to the message that everyone still has "a lot of livin' yet to do."  

Putting the 'Broad' in Broadcasting

WNKU remains a crucial musical alternative on the mostly corporate FM dial

6 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
WNKU (89.7 FM) celebrates its 25th anniversary in April, evolving from a Kentucky-centric Folk and Bluegrass station to its current format, known in the radio trade as Triple A (adult/album/alternative). General Manager Chuck Miller, a 30-year public radio veteran of 10 news and music stations, simply defines it as "progressive radio."  

Top Girls (Review)

NKU actresses take on an earlier generation's cry of distress

0 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
Can a 28 year-old-play about societal values still pack a punch? Unfortunately, yes — which means we haven't fixed it yet. If 'Top Girls' isn't the shocker it was when Caryl Churchill's play first appeared on a London stage in 1982, it's only because we've seen enough to recognize the problems.  

Omnium Gatherum (Review)

NKU students offer mostly rattling good spit-and-spirit theater

0 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
Under Professor Sandra Forman's zesty direction, the student actors turn the first hour of this 2002 script by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros into rattling good spit-and-spirit theater. It's just post-9/11, and seven glitterati (some lampooning real world celebs) gather over gourmet grub prepared by domestic diva Suzie, played by Katie Kershaw.   

NKU Students Angered by Firings

Critics: University could do more to attract, retain black students

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Some students at Northern Kentucky University are upset by turmoil in the school's Office of African American Student Affairs, including the firings of top personnel. Combined with NKU's low rate for retaining black students, they question the institution's commitment to diversity.  

All the News that Fits (the Budget)

NKU forum explores whether print journalism still matters

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It's no secret that the rise of Internet advertising has corresponded with a shrinking advertiser base for newspapers. There were 689 cities with at least two daily newspapers a century ago, according to Dr. Sam Schulhofer-Wohl of Princeton University. Now it's more like a dozen. Whether this is a death knell or a wake up call, however, is a matter of opinion.  

Colored Museum (Review)

NKU production upstages itself with razzle-dazzle

0 Comments · Monday, February 22, 2010
When George Wolfe's 'The Colored Museum' was new, back in 1986, it drove some New York critics to spasms of praise for its liberating satire. Now onstage at Northern Kentucky University, there's considerably more sizzle than satire — or substance — to the show, which has been frazzle-dazzled into vaudeville that insists on upstaging itself.  

Titanic (Review)

NKU musical succeeds with logistics, misses on the artistry

1 Comment · Saturday, December 5, 2009
Yes, the ship sinks. Happily, the musical does not. 'Titanic,' that is, now onstage with a cast of 37 at Northern Kentucky University. Composer-lyricist Maury Yeston and author Peter Stone have created a show with close to continuous music, solos for more than 20 people, huge choral numbers and frequent shifts of scene from bow to stern. The cast members are nicely matched to their music and to each other.   

Siam Orchid (Review)

Bellevue eatery needs a tune-up

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Siam Orchid is tiny but inviting and in a great location. Neighbors in Bellevue like to get out and support their local eateries, so I hope this restaurant polishes its rough edges and earns their patronage.  

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