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Awash in Memory: ‘Mad River Rising’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Walk into the Marx Theatre at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for Mad River Rising and you’ll be in a different world: the hayloft of an ancient Ohio barn. (It’s an engaging design by Jeff Modereger.)   

Common Ground: Creative and Weird

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland grew up just 45 miles apart — Tatum in southern Alabama and Strickland in Florida’s Panhandle. But they didn’t meet until their paths crossed in Cincinnati during the Fringe Festival in June 2014.  

Onstage: Carousel

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein were the go-to guys during musical theater’s Golden Age.   

Old and New, Tragic and Comic

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Theater can take you to so many places, and two shows that opened last week demonstrate the possible range — a classic modern tragedy at Cincinnati Shakespeare and a contemporary comedy at Ensemble Theatre. Take your pick — they’re both winners.  

Fathers, Sons and Theatrical Honesty

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Some plays become classics because they last across time — Shakespeare’s plays are still produced after 400 years. That’s what’s usually onstage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, but they also dig into more recent “classics,” qualified by elemental stories that burn fiercely.  

The Power of Sex

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Between 1982 and 2015, Americans’ attitudes about sex evolved. For evidence, check out two plays in production locally: Laura Eason’s contemporary Sex with Strangers at the Cincinnati Playhouse on its Shelterhouse stage and William Mastrosimone’s 1980s drama Extremities at Incline Theater.   

Struggling with Understanding: CCM’s ‘Pentecost’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Theater programs at our universities in Greater Cincinnati often produce shows that not only offer educational opportunities for students, but also expose us to works we have lost track of or missed. David Edgar’s Pentecost is such a work, and it accomplishes what Richard Hess likes to do — challenge audiences.   

‘Cyrano’ Fell From the Moon

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Edmond Rostand’s play, like its hero, seems to have fallen unexpectedly from the moon. Cyrano de Bergerac was a surprising instant hit in Paris late in 1897. Its premiere received an hour-long standing ovation, and it was subsequently performed for 200 consecutive nights.   

Doing It for Love in ‘A Chorus Line’

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Let me admit right up front that I’m a total sucker when it comes to A Chorus Line. No matter how many times I’ve seen it (quite a few over the past four decades since it opened on Broadway in 1975), there are still moments that grab at my heartstrings and bring tears to my eyes.   

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