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Say It's So, Joe

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Local playwright Joe McDonough returns to the Cincinnati Playhouse this week for his third premiere, 'Travels of Angelica,' winner of the 2009 Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize. "I was at a conference with other playwrights last summer," he says, "and I was explaining that I had this production coming up and this relationship with the Playhouse: three productions in six years. They were stunned."  

Half Empty or Half Full?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
It's a New Year, a time typically full of hope and new beginnings, including our local theater scene. The economic downturn, however, is having an effect.  

Holiday Shows Are Cause for Hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
In my review of the Playhouse's 'A Christmas Carol,' I suggest that Charles Dickens' social conscience, outraged in 1843 by the evils of the Industrial Revolution and greedy business operators, seems quite timely in 2008 amid the evils of unfettered financial mismanagement and greedy business operators. Have we made any progress? Come January there will be a change in our nation's leadership, after all, and that's certainly cause for hope.  

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.  

Simple Things

Playwright Kolvenbach's 'Love Song' is refreshing and hopeful

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Playwright John Kolvenbach likes simple things. He lives in lower Manhattan and walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to his tiny studio office in an area called “DUMBO” (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where he works on scripts … and answers the phone for interviews.  

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Review)

Playhouse offers funny, mature look at love and marriage

0 Comments · Friday, November 7, 2008
The desire for love is a fundamental urge, but perhaps as basic is the drive to remake the object of your affection. That's the funny and poignant premise of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' off-Broadway musical "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change."   

Love Song (Review)

Playhouse offers quirky, contemporary romantic comedy

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
If you need to be uplifted, you couldn’t find a better tonic for your mental state than the Cincinnati Playhouse’s regional premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Love Song, a quirky, contemporary romantic comedy with characters and situations that would fit perfectly in a Seinfeld episode.  

The Next Stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Cincinnati Playhouse's Marx Theatre resembled a boxing ring on Oct. 6. The foundation for a new set was a roped-off floor of raw plywood. And combat was on the minds of many in the crowd of 250 at a town hall meeting about the Playhouse's need for a different kind of facility.  

Emma (Review)

Capturing the essence of Austen for those who love her novels

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2008
If you're clueless about Jane Austen's witty romances, you'll likely be bewildered by the angst over matchmaking and gossip in "Emma." The most serious drama is whether the heroine will realize she's not a very good matchmaker. If you've read "Emma," you'll not only be in heaven -- you'll know what’s going to happen from start to finish.  

Durango (Review)

Playhouse takes audience on a road trip to self-knowledge

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Julia Cho's new play "Durango," getting its Midwestern premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse, decribes a road trip on which she sends her three principal characters (brothers Jimmy and Isaac Lee and their Korean immigrant father Boo-Seng). Where they're headed isn't revealed. In fact, Cho leaves us hanging. But that's the nature of life, isn't it?  

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