Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
is a hilarious frolic through one of Shakespeare’s most beloved
creations. A quirky, energetic reimagining, this production features all
the familiar faces.
In a broiling Texas summertime smack in
the middle of the Great Depression, Susannah Mullally, a song collector
from the Library of Congress, is just about to give up her day’s search
when she hears a rich, expressive voice coming from somewhere down a
Big things are happening for comedian Amy Schumer. The talented comic, most widely known for her run on Last Comic Standing and the roasts of both Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr, is about to debut her own sketch comedy show called Inside Amy Schumer
Premiered in Berlin in 1928, The Threepenny Opera
is an iconic work, the creation of composer Kurt Weill and
poet/dramatist Bertolt Brecht, and opens a two-weekend run at CCM as
part of its Kurt Weill festival, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation
for Music, Inc.
In Hampton’s 1985 play, the Marquise de Merteuil and the
Vicomte de Valmont are manipulative aristocrats in 18th-century France
who spend their time seducing scores of people and plotting to destroy
anyone who embarrasses or rejects them.
Playwright Deborah Laufer loves to tell stories. “I think what theater does,” she told CityBeat
recently, “is bring people together to contemplate what it means to be
human at this point in time. It’s a place to ask all the big questions..."
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was in
Chicago early in 2008, rehearsing the world premiere of a new play he
had just written for Steppenwolf Theatre. The company was staging Arthur
Miller’s legendary 1953 Tony Award winner, The Crucible, on its mainstage.
With the re-election of Barack Obama last
month, many people who were closely following politics and current
events reached a burnout point the day after the election. Comedian Auggie Smith reached that stage almost a full year earlier.