God Bless Them Every One!

Cincinnati theaters ready their holiday offerings

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It's the time of year when theaters hope to strike holiday gold with shows that will deliver lots of ticket revenue — enough to provide the funds needed for the second half of their seasons. The hands-down winner, of course, is Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,' a budget balancer for the Cincinnati Playhouse since 1991. But there are plenty of other holiday-themed stories being told on local stages this season.  

Thursday Pick: Vanity Theft

Breaking the stereotypes of lame girl bands one rocking show at a time

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Vanity Theft makes Indie Pop music that's fun, danceable and brazen. Alicia Grodecki and Brittany Hill are co-lead singers, usually singing together and concocting some mesmerizing, creative harmonies. They have that kind of harmony-mind-meld that usually only comes from siblings.  

Media Bridges' Free Wave Riot

Sept. 5 • Know Theatre of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Community media center Media Bridges celebrates its 20th birthday with the benefit show "Free Wave Riot: Celebrating 20 Years of Local Music, Local Voices, Local Media" at Know Theatre in Over-the-Rhine. Funds are being raised to launch the diverse, independent FM radio station WVQC: Radio Free Queen City, which is scheduled to hit 95.7 FM this fall. Saturday's concert stars IsWhat?! (pictured), Culture Queer, The Tigerlilies, J. Dorsey Blues Revival, Fourth Letter Gang, Losanti and others. Requested donation is $9.57.   

Jersey's in the Know

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Elsewhere on this site, you can read my review of Jersey Productions' 'Oklahoma!', which represents more than the opening of Jersey's fourth season. It's part of an innovative arrangement with Know Theatre. The two companies are moving forward with complimentary programs and strengthening one another at the same time. That's good news for everyone who cares about live theater in Greater Cincinnati.  

Sixth Annual Cincy Fringe Festival Takes Flight

Provides everyone with a shot of experimental adrenaline

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Cincy Fringe Festival soon kicks off its sixth annual celebration of offbeat theater and other art forms. Not every city has a Fringe Festival, and occasionally people ask why we have one. The quick response is similar to the one sometimes offered as to why a city needs an alternative newsweekly like CityBeat: A conservative, buttoned-down place needs events and media that shake things up, that give us a new perspective on things.  

Preview: Guns and Chickens

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
CCM acting professor k. Jenny Jones and 20 of her students have put together a good old-fashioned story, a multi-cultural re-imagining of the Everyman morality epic.   

Fringe Festival Loosens Us Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
If Greater Cincinnati is a conservative region filled with tight-ass people, the Cincy Fringe Festival is a laxative. It loosens us up, gets things moving a little better and smoother. Maybe the Fringe Festival is fiber in our otherwise meat-and-potatoes cultural diet. The annual event helps balance out the rest of our stodgy, by-the-book year.  

Vigils (Review)

Know Theatre offers poignant, funny memory play about death

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Is Know Theatre obsessed with death? Following a production of Sarah Ruhl's 'Eurydice,' about a songwriter who tries to retrieve his beloved bride from the Underworld, the Over-the- Rhine theater is now presenting Noah Haidle's 'Vigils,' about a widow who keeps the soul of her dead husband, a firefighter, imprisoned in a trunk.   

Eurydice (Review)

Know Theatre's production is poetic and evocative

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sarah Ruhl's script and Know's production, inventively and fluidly directed by Jason Bruffy, make this telling of the sad tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, with its roots in ancient Greece, more profound. It's not merely about the loss of a passionate love: 'Eurydice' becomes an exploration of the many forms of love and connection, especially between a father and a daughter.   

I Love You Because (Review)

Know Theatre's latest is enjoyably predictable

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you don't know the Jane Austen novel 'Pride and Prejudice,' fear not: You've heard this story befor — breakups, rebounds and opposites attracting. Meticulous greeting-card writer Austin (Fang Du) and his slovenly but good-natured brother Jeff (Daniel S. Hines) share an apartment. When Austins long-term girlfriend cuts him loose, Jeff crassly advises testing the waters.