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The Women (Review)

NKU has a mob of actresses for The Women

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Actress/author/ambassador Clare Boothe Luce simply called Manhattan women of wealth "The Women" and said she wrote her acid-tongued 1936 comedy to get the scabrous bunch of them out of her mind. Blessed be university theaters with mobs of actresses who can tackle such scripts and succeed with them. What contemporary theater company could meet a payroll with 25 players in the cast?  

Twelfth Night (Review)

Cincinnati Shakespeare offers a celebratory, smiling tone

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's holiday season production travels to the Jazz Age, the decade of the 1920s, using period costumes, lots of popular music and cultural references to add texture to an amusing story of mistaken identities, cross-gender confusion and uproarious mischief-making. It’s exactly the celebratory, smiling tone called for by the holidays.  

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant (Review)

Know Theatre's new holiday show is deadpan and satirical

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It's the time of year when theater companies present shows that veer from their routine fare in hopes of selling lots of tickets to fund subsequent productions more aligned with their mission. Know Theatre presents a tongue-in-cheek, 50-minute musical telling the story of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the fundamental precepts of his church as interpreted by kids doing a reverent holiday skit. It's deadpan and satirical ... and also a tad mystifying.   

Santaland Diaries (Review)

Hit or miss holiday hilarity from David Sedaris

0 Comments · Friday, December 5, 2008
'Tis the season, and those jolly holiday elves at New Edgecliff Theatre have arranged for us to revisit Mrs. Jocelyn Dunbar of haute suburbia. She comes complete with a $1.98 blonde wig and a razor tongue, telling her merry tales of an overachieving older son, an underachieving younger son, a flame-tattooed, drug-devoted daughter, a crack-damaged infant grandson and, of course, her philandering husband and his holiday surprise to the Dunbar household: a screeching, mini-skirted, 22-year-old souvenir of his wartime romping in Vietnam.   

Alice in Wonderland (Review)

Cheering for cheer at Ensemble Theatre

0 Comments · Friday, December 5, 2008
'Alice in Wonderland' is Lewis Carroll's beloved whimsical tour de force, written as a cautionary lesson for the daughters of a friend. The story has been updated by Cincinnati playwright Joseph McDonough, with the addition of appropriately silly lyrics and catchy Pop tunes by David Kisor. McDonough's book remains faithful to the spirit of the original, but he hasn't shied away from adding elements familiar to contemporary young people.  

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.  

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Drama (Review)

Falcon Theatre takes a step back in time

0 Comments · Monday, December 8, 2008
Stepping inside the Monmouth Theatre in Newport for Falcon Theatre's production of 'It's a Wonderful Life' feels like a step back in time. The company has transformed the intimate performance space into the Falcon Broadcasting Company, a replica of a 1940s radio broadcasting studio. The effect is fun and nostalgic.   

Stages of Cheer

Even on a tight budget, there's holiday spirit at local theaters

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Despite the hard times upon us, you can still enjoy the holidays at a local theater. In fact, Charles Dickens (whose Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge helps many theaters in America balance their budgets) has become kind of a patron saint for the holidays.  

Let's Make a Deal for Theater Tickets

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm not much for holiday shopping, but with the wheezing economy dimming our holiday spirits, I have some suggestions for gifts that will keep you (or those you love) theatrically entertained in the New Year without breaking the bank. A great option offered by many mid-sized theaters is a "flex pass."  

The Price (Review)

Arthur Miller delves into the detritus of broken promises

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"The Price" is neither the last nor the least of Arthur Miller's plays, although it arrived later (1968) and is certainly a lesser effort than the two seminal plays that elevate him to the very pinnacle of American playwriting. Now through Nov. 23 at the Madisonville Arts Center, four Blue Chips Players are airing out the piece in a sometimes rambling, mostly vigorous, ever contentious production that's not unlike beating the dust out of an old carpet.   

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