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33 Variations (Review)

ETC's season opening show is a triumphant look at Beethoven's motives

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
Much was made of this show's Broadway debut earlier this year, especially Jane Fonda's starring role. ETC is offering only the second staging of this Tony Award-nominated work. Despite Amy Warner's moving performance in the role Fonda played, '33 Variations' is more than a star vehicle: It's a strong ensemble production that will engage audiences from start to finish.   

CEAs: 100 Reasons to Celebrate Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Starting this week you can vote for the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for theater. The CEAs, established by CityBeat in 1996, use public voting for a dozen categories and a poll of critics for the remaining eight, covering productions and technical aspects better judged by people who see a lot of theater. Five nominees are selected for 20 categories by a panel of local critics. (This year's choices were made by seven critics who write for four different media outlets: CityBeat, TalkinBroadway.com, The Hamilton Journal-News and Aeqai, an arts Web site.)  

Five Way on the Showboat

'The Musical of Musicals' floats parodies on the river stage

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Showboat Majestic is set to host five musicals for the price of one. Kind of. In fact, 'The Musical of Musicals: The Musical' is just one story, but it's interpreted five ways — in the styles of various legendary musical theater creators. Given that musicals are in high demand on the Showboat, this show is perfectly suited for summer audiences and their expectations.  

The Secret Garden (Review)

The Carnegie's new show looks good, but the sound needs work

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
At The Carnegie, director Greg Procaccino, producer Joshua Steele and music director Alan Patrick Kenny have devised a 'Secret Garden' that's good looking and difficult listening. Leading performances are fetching, especially Ty Yadzinski as a dour, bedeviled widower and Charity Farrell as the cheeky then cheerful orphan who discovers the locked garden and transforms it into a colorful, healing retreat.  

Preview: Call Me

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
DIY Productions, which last year provided a surprising self-conducted Over-the-Rhine tour with 'Inner: City,' has cooked up a new way to rattle your expectations. The Fringe and the OTR neighborhood itself are part of the package, which you can experience alone or with a friend or two.  

A Chorus Line (Review)

Classic musical explores the psyche of performers

0 Comments · Thursday, May 28, 2009
If you've ever been drawn to perform, 'A Chorus Line' will hit you right in the gut. The show distills the essence of what drives people who dance, make music and act.  

Preview: It Might Be Okay

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This CCM-based dance theater collective presents stories and physical imagery that reflect what it means to be young and alive in the United States in 2009.  

Preview: Travel

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In 'Travel,' Jeremy Millsaps' feet never touch the ground. "I just focus on what's in my hand," whether it's a hoop, trapeze or length of silk (fabric burns, not falls, are his chief occupational hazard).  

Preview: The Edge

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A mother (Amy Warner) and daughter (Karen Wissel) meet on a Mediterranean cliff and struggle to connect. "The daughter won't speak to the mother. She dances," Warner explains, which means that CCM choreographer Judith Mikita had to create half the play's poetic "dialogue" from scratch.  

Preview: Painted

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
What's one day you'll never forget? A person who changed everything? A color you'll carry forever? Cincinnati-based White Beard Productions blends those thoughts via interviews and fiction, text and movement, theater and visual art.  

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