by Jac Kern
The instructors at The Art Institute of Ohio — Cincinnati talk the talk and walk the walk. In addition to teaching up-and-coming artists, they, too, create works of art on a regular basis. Tonight, check out their work during the college's 2012 Faculty Exhibition closing reception. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Mason school's gallery. If you're interested in attending the Art Institute, stop by to check out the work and come back on March 31 when the school holds an open house.Bree from Hot Wheels Entertainment hosts karaoke at The Drinkery every Tuesday. Whether you're a karaoke god or just a spectator, swing by the OTR bar between 9 p.m.-2 a.m. for tunes and booze. Find details here.Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) continues its New Voices Season of Staged Readings with Edge Walking. Written by Barbara Harkness and directed by Patrick Downey, Edge Walking follows two parents who are faced with a child claiming he is the reincarnation of their oldest son who died as a POW in Vietnam. The encounter brings up feelings of anger, loss and grief as each character must deal with the death. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance are just $8 and can be purchased before the show at the Aronoff Center. For more information, call CPI's Kalman Kivkovich at 513-861-0004.The library's Northside branch hosts a series of poetry and short story readings showcasing local authors from 6-8 p.m. tonight. Lyrical Synaesthesia is a quarterly reading event designed to showcase the breadth of talent in Cincinnati and help foster a strong living literary tradition in the Queen City. Tonight's free event is hosted by Justin Patrick Moore and will feature readings from Matt Hart, Nick Barrows, Abiyah and Betsy Young. Hosted by Justin Patrick Moore. The first 20 to arrive will receive a free chapbook published by Aurore Press.
Want to enjoy after-work drinks while learning about an important local cause? GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Greater Cincinnati presents a happy hour at Know Theatre from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight. Learn about GLSEN's mission to make schools safe for all students regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres while the organization will gives a brief presentation at 6:45 p.m. Learn more about GLSEN and how to become on ally here.Find ongoing art exhibits and other daily events here and follow our music blog for nightly live music offerings.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Most CityBeat readers want to read
about things to do right here and right now, so I don’t allocate many
words to theater season announcements that show up this time of year.
Keep your eye on citybeat.com, especially the arts blog, for
up-to-the-minute information and recommendations.
by Rick Pender
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Last night I attended
the opening of the Cincinnati Playhouse production of Stephen
Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. It’s been
directed by John Doyle, who inventively staged Sondheim’s Company
in 2006, a production that moved to Broadway and earned a Tony Award.
He uses the same approach this time — actors who provide their own
musical accompaniment — and the results are top-notch because he’s
assembled a strong, talented cast. This show has long been viewed as
one of Sondheim’s few failures, but you wouldn’t know that from
this staging: It’s a showbiz tale of success that has not led to
happiness. We start at the end, with three former friends at one
another’s throats, and then trace back to their earliest moments
together. With great music, a stylized set piled with pages of music
(the central character is a composer) and some intriguing decisions
by Doyle about elevating a realistic tale to something more deeply
emotional, this version of Merrily is a great choice for anyone who
loves musicals. Through March 31. Box office: 513-421-3888
A completely different
choice is the Afghan Women’s Writing Project at Know
Theatre, this weekend only. Playwrights Elizabeth Martin and Lauren
Hynek took material written by women in Afghanistan who risk their
lives to write their stories and turn them into material for the
stage. Several outstanding local actresses — including CEA Hall of
Famer Dale Hodges and frequent CEA award winner Annie Fitzpatrick —
are among the interpreters. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8
p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. If you go on Friday, plan to stick around for
a post-show discussion. Tickets ($18): 513-300-5669
If you like
heart-warming, schmaltzy tales, you should find your way to Newport’s
Monmouth Theatre where Falcon Theatre is presenting Visiting
Mr. Green. It’s the story of a young man “sentenced” to
regular visits with an elderly gentleman he nearly ran over. Beneath
the surface of their disparate worlds they discover some surprising
common ground. What makes this rather predictable story come to life
is the acting: Joshua Steele and Mike Moskowitz, who happen to be
grandfather and grandson, portray their characters with
believability. This is the second of two weekends, Saturday at 7:30
p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets: 513-479-6783
A year ago Cincinnati
Shakespeare had a big hit with Jane Austen’s Pride &
Prejudice. They’ve done it again with another adaptation, Sense
& Sensibility. This time it’s two sisters, one rational
and one emotional, wonderfully portrayed by Kelly Mengelkoch (as the
reserved, reasonable Elinor) and Sara Clark (as willful, romantic
Marianne). They’re surrounded by droll supporting characters in a
story of romance and domestic intrigue. I gave the production a
Critic’s Pick. It’s onstage until March 18, but many performances have sold out.
Speaking of Cincinnati
Shakespeare, the company recently announced its 2012-2013 season,
which will feature some memorable characters — Sherlock Holmes,
Atticus Finch (in To Kill a Mockingbird), Romeo & Juliet,
Lady Bracknell (in Oscar Wilde’s hilarious The Importance of
Being Earnest), Richard II and Nick Bottom (Midsummer Night
Dream’s aspiring actor who makes an ass of himself). You can
read about the entire season in my blog post from last Sunday.Each week in Stage
Door, Rick Pender theater tips for the weekend, often with a few pieces
of theater news.
TRUE Theatre begins 2011 with more personal tales
0 Comments · Monday, January 3, 2011
Five storytellers, some selected, some volunteers, each take the microphone for 10 minutes, sans notes, to tell a true story from their own lives in line with this installment's theme: "beginnings."
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 21, 2010
With just a few days left for Christmas shopping, I'm making a few theater-related suggestions: a Broadway snowglobe, new musical theater recordings, 'Sondheim: The Birthday Concert' on DVD and gift certificates to our wonderful local theater companies.
0 Comments · Monday, December 6, 2010
I annually face the holidays with mixed
emotions. I love the holiday season, but I also know that it means I'll be in overdrive, attending numerous theatrical holiday productions. But there are excellent options again this holiday season, starting with Cincinnati Playhouse's 'A Christmas Carol' and ETC's 'Cinderella.'
Holiday shows offer some sweets and some sass
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The holidays offer a perfect time to go to the theater with local productions for theater fans from wide-eyed kids to old cynics. Some shows are familiar, like a visit with old friends, while others spruce up an old story with some new garland — and perhaps a sprig of twisted sass. Here's a rundown on eight locally staged holiday recommendations.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
During a week when we count our blessings, I want to mention several things I'm grateful for, starting with Mrs. Mary Price, a high school English teacher who pulled me out of a study hall in 1963 and urged me to audition for a play she was directing. I've been in love with theater ever since. I'm grateful to CityBeat for supporting my support for local theater, and I'm grateful to all the fine theaters in Greater Cincinnati that provide a remarkable variety of choice.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I occasionally write about concepts that theaters might consider to give us a broader array of performances. Know Theatre recently established an umbrella concept, the Jackson Street Market, that’s beginning to produce results. With a goal of building and retaining the local artist community, the Market seeks to help local “artistic entrepreneurs” to leverage Know Theatre’s resources on their behalf.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Over the past week, there's been a lot of theater news to report. The 14th and final Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Theater were held Aug. 29, where it was confirmed that the CEAs would join forces with the Acclaim Awards for the upcoming theater season. Earlier in the week, Ed Stern announced his departure from Playhouse in the Park following the 2011-12 season.