0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art After Dark: Winter
Wilderness celebrates art and nature with an after-hours party.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Miller Gallery, the city’s oldest art gallery, had been
owned by one family since its founding in 1960.
0 Comments · Monday, January 25, 2016
Shakespeare Company continues its five-year project to produce the Bard’s
“History Cycle,” tracing the reigns of King Richard II and III, and three Henrys
(IV, V and VI) in between.
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A little history, a little love and some fantasy
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is staging the original
“game of thrones” — England’s Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) as retold
by the Bard’s history plays — eight shows being presented in
chronological order across five theater seasons. (Cincy Shakes is only
the second theater company in the U.S. to present the history cycle in
Chronological order.) We’ve already seen Richard II, Henry IV: Part 1 and 2 and Henry V. Now it’s time for the reign of Henry VI, which Shakespeare covered with three plays. This week starts the production of Henry VI, Part I,
the story of Henry V’s only son who, in 1421, inherited the throne
before his first birthday, after his father’s untimely death. A child on
the throne opened the door to the dynastic struggles of the War of the
Roses. (The cycle concludes next season with the bloody tragedy of Richard III.)
Darnell Pierre Benjamin plays Henry, an unusual choice. Here’s what he
says about taking on this role: “I’m a black male from St. Martinville,
Louisiana. Despite how much I’ve always fixated my interests on the
classics, I never thought that I’d have the honor of representing one of
Shakespeare’s history kings.” He says he hopes “to open people’s minds
and hearts to seeing the core of this story — a young man coming into
his own as he learns that there are forces, both good and bad, that can
alter his perception of himself.” Through Feb. 13. Tickets:
513-381-2273.The Covedale Center just opened Neil Simon’s Chapter Two,
a play about a widowed writer trying to start over while still grieving
for his late wife. The story is rooted in Simon’s own experience, and
the playwright’s famous one-liners are still there, but woven into the
show’s humor is a story about coming to terms with death and moving on.
Through Feb. 14. Tickets: 513-241-6550.In Covington, The Carnegie is offering what sounds like an interesting production of The Wizard of Oz that
opened last night. With musical accompaniment by the Kentucky Symphony
Orchestra, it’s a “lightly-staged” rendition with Harold Arlen’s famous
score from the 1939 movie. Of particular interest is the scenic design
by local artist Pam Kravetz, a unique take on the iconic landscapes of
Oz, including Munchkin Land and the Emerald City. Just to remind folks
passing by on Scott Avenue, you’ll see a giant pair of legs with striped
stockings and ruby slippers to remind you that one wicked witch is
dead. Through Jan. 31. Tickets: 859-957-1940.For something completely different, consider The Realistic Joneses
by Clifton Players, at Clifton Performance Theater on Ludlow Avenue.
It’s about two couples named Jones, next-door neighbors who get to know
one another despite fear and loneliness. Will Eno’s unusual play — part
comedy, part drama — digs into secrets that aren’t often spoken aloud.
It’s being staged by local theater veteran Dale Hodges with a cast that
includes Carter Bratton, Mindy Siebert, Miranda McGee and Phil Fiorini.
It’s onstage through Feb. 7. Tickets: 513-861-7469.Next week there will be even more theater on local stages: Grounded, a one-woman show about a fighter pilot assigned to making drone strikes (Ensemble Theatre, Jan. 27-Feb. 14, 513-421-3555), BlackTop Sky, a tale of homelessness and friendship (Know Theatre, Jan. 29-Feb. 20, 513-300-5669) and Prelude to a Kiss,
a sweet love story about changing places and understanding different
perspectives (Falcon Theater in Newport, Jan. 29-Feb. 13, 513-479-6783).Rick Pender’s STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.
Cincinnati’s weird, wild alternative spaces face new challenges as development in the city heats up
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2015
As interest in urban living continues to take hold in Cincinnati and those once-neglected pockets of the city attract the gaze of developers, the future of unique do-it-yourself places has become uncertain.
by Rick Pender
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2016-2017 shows announced for Cincinnati Landmark venues
we’ve just passed the halfway point of the 2015-2016 theater season, the
over-achievers at Cincinnati Landmark Productions just announced plans for future
productions at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts and the Warsaw
Federal Incline Theater for 2016-2017.
Perrino, CLP’s executive artistic director, says, “With our two venues,
Cincinnati Landmark Productions has two great platforms to create exciting
theater and palpable neighborhood vitality. We set a course for success with a
summer of sellouts at the Incline in 2015, and we’re chomping at the bit to
bring these just-announced shows to life in 2016 and 2017.”
Covedale’s offerings are designed for mainstream audiences, while the Incline
offers two distinct seasons — “Summer Classics” presents shows with broad
appeal; the “District Series” produces more adult fare, both musicals and
Covedale Center’s “Marquee Series” for 2016-2017 will offer:Godspell
(Sept. 8-Oct. 2, 2016), Stephen Schwartz’s first big musical theater hit, based
on the New Testament’s Gospel of Matthew. Schwartz is the composer of Wicked.The Foreigner
(Oct. 20, Nov. 13, 2016), a comedy by Larry Shue, in which a shy, lonely guy
poses as visitor from an exotic country who doesn’t speak English.
The Night Before Christmas (Dec. 1-23, 2016) for the holiday season.
19-Feb. 12, 2017), John Patrick Shanley’s 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner about a suspicious
nun and a progressive priest.
(March 9-April 2, 2017), Ken Ludwig’s farce about a pair of Shakespearean
actors scheming for an inheritance.
My Fair Lady
(April 27-May 21, 2017), Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical about a professor of
linguistics who trains a Cockney gal to pose as an elegant noblewoman.
Incline’s “District Series” plans to produce starting next fall:
[title of show] (Sept. 29-Oct. 16, 2016), a clever musical about creating a musical to
enter in a festival.
God of Carnage
(Nov. 17-Dec. 4, 2016), Yasmina Reza’s domestic drama about a pair of parents
who come to blows arguing about a fight between their children.
The Rocky Horror Show (Feb. 16-March 5, 2017), the sci-fi parody musical from
1973 that inspired the 1975 cult film.
6-23, 2017), Peter Shaffer’s award-winning drama about a psychiatrist treating
a teenager who blinded six horses.
the pipeline for the Covedale’s current season are productions of Neil Simon’s
warm-hearted comedy Chapter Two (Jan.
21-Feb. 14) and two classic musicals, She
Loves Me (March 1-April 3) and Brigadoon
(April 28-May 22).
at the Incline for the balance of this season are the satiric musical Avenue Q (Feb. 18-March 6) and David
Mamet’s hard-as-nails real-estate drama Glengarry
Glen Ross (April 6-24). Those will be followed by the previously announced
“Summer Classics” season for 2016, featuring three likeable musicals Anything Goes (June 1-26), Baby (July 6-31) and Chicago (Aug. 10-Sept. 4). The Incline’s
summer season in 2015 completely sold out three productions — The Producers, 1776 and 9 to 5.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Thunder-Sky, Inc. kicks off its first exhibition of the
New Year with a two-man show featuring the work of artists Tom
Hieronymus Towhey and Adrian Cox.
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Here’s a creative way to add more fiber to your diet: Brazee Street Studios’ C-LINK Gallery presents Fiber?,
an exhibit combining traditional quilting, felting and weaving
techniques with unconventional materials.
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A Fringe fix, some radioactivity, a lot of dancing — and previews of what's coming
Right now we’re about equidistant from the 2015 and the
2016 Fringe festivals. So let’s thanks the folks at Know Theatre, who are
presenting a double-bill of “Fringe Encores” to keep us stoked. This
weekend actually offers one encore plus a graduate from Know’s Serials! series. Occupational Hazards
is about an office fling that becomes the subject of fan-fiction with
wildly divergent storylines.Occupational Hazards The piece by Ben Dudley was a 2015 Fringe
show. He’s also the writer of Cinderblock, about a guy
(played by Dudley) whose windshield is smashed by a cult member. This
mystery passes through an office party. Ben DudleyThe shows are being performed
this weekend at Clifton Performance Theatre (404 Ludlow Ave., Gaslight
Clifton): performances of Occupational Hazards are Friday at 8:45 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Cinderblock,
which, originally presented in five 15-minute episodes, has been pieced
into a full-length version that will be presented on Friday evening at
7:30 and Saturday at 8:45. You can sit in on one piece for $15 or pay
$25 for the pair either evening. Tickets: knowtheatre.com
Mariemont Players, one of Cincinnati’s fine community theater groups, is presenting D. W. Gregory’s Radium Girls
through Jan. 24. It’s inspired by a true story about women who painted
radium numerals on glow-in-the-dark watches, unaware of the dangers of
radioactivity. The play, described as being “written with warmth and
humor,” is being presented at the Walton Creek Theater (4101 Walton
Creek Rd., just east of Mariemont). Tickets ($20): 513-684-1236 or
One more weekend at the Aronoff Center for the highly entertaining touring production of Kinky Boots
(through Sunday). A struggling shoe factory in Northampton, England,
retools to avoid bankruptcy and unemployment. Rather than continuing to
manufacture stodgy men’s shoes, they turn to high-fashion footwear for
drag queens, promoted as “kinky boots.” It’s an unlikely tale that
happens to be true, and it’s the vehicle for some outrageous humor,
especially from Lola, an extrovert of a diva and her spectacularly
clad and built “Angels,” a half-dozen drag queens who back up her act. Kinky Boots
offers a meaningful message about tolerance and finding your own path,
fleshed out with some entertaining dancing and fine singing. Tickets:
The local theater scene picks up momentum next week when
three shows open on Thursday and another on Friday. That evening the
Covedale Center opens Neil Simon’s Chapter Two (through
Feb. 14), a warm-hearted comedy about getting back into the dating game;
Covington’s Carnegie offers a “lightly-staged” concert adaptation of The Wizard of Oz (through Jan. 31) with accompaniment by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra; and Clifton Players stages The Realistic Joneses
(through Feb. 7 at Clifton Performance Theatre), a comedy-drama about
the secrets of next-door neighbors directed by local stage veteran Dale
Hodges. On Friday evening, Cincinnati Shakespeare continues its
five-year, chronological presentation of Shakespeare’s eight-play
history cycle with Henry VI, Part I (through
Feb. 13), the story of a young king who must rule after his father’s
untimely death; Joan of Arc is a key character in this tale.
Life in the big city: Lots of choices.
Rick Pender’s STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Here is a look at 10 promising shows/art events that will open in the first half (or just after) of 2016.