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Joe McDonough (2005)

Playwright played big played a role in the improvement of local theater scene

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
You could stand in a check-out line at a grocery story in northwestern Cincinnati behind Joe McDonough and never detect that the guy unloading his cart before you is a playwright whose scripts have been enjoyed by audiences at theaters all over town and beyond. In fact, the self-effacing man who is disinclined to talk about himself at length has been writing plays since 1988. This season he's accomplished something no other local writer has ever managed to do: Two of his scripts will be given their world premieres almost simultaneously by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.  

Ed Stern and Buzz Ward (2004)

Playhouse's leadership duo has fostered great theater in Eden Park ... and all over town

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
A dozen years after Ed Stern's arrival in Cincinnati to take over the creative reins at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the theater company finally was recognized by the Tony Awards for fostering new plays, building a subscriber base envied by theaters in larger cities and reaching out to several hundred thousand young people annually, the audiences of the future. Stern is quick to deflect praise from himself to those he works with and to the community the Playhouse serves. But he's played a leading role in tandem with Playhouse Executive Director Buzz Ward.   

Big Joe Duskin (2004)

Piano legend proves good things come to those who wait

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
"Ain't nothing goin' on but the weather, time and old age," Big Joe Duskin is known to say. With all due respect, he's wrong. There's plenty going on for Big Joe these days. One might be tempted to call it a comeback, but in order to "come back" you have to go away, and that certainly doesn't apply to the King of Cincinnati Blues. Besides, he knew about coming back years ago.   

Cover Story: The Baron Gets His Due

Celebrated drummer John Von Ohlen's rich, accomplished history has earned him the latest seat in the CEA Hall of Fame

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
At the age of 14, three years before he ever sat behind a kit or held a drumstick in his hand, John Von Ohlen became a drummer. He'd already been playing classical piano for a decade and trombone for half that long when he attended a Stan Kenton concert at some forgotten ballroom in his Indianapolis hometown in 1955 and witnessed the fluid brilliance of Kenton's gifted skinsman Mel Lewis. The event transformed him.  

H-Bomb Ferguson (2007)

0 Comments · Monday, November 2, 2009
Forget blow-dried scenesters and self-absorbed spotlight stealers. It's original and compelling artists like H-Bomb Ferguson that halls of fame were designed to lionize for the lucky contemporaries who knew the man and for the envious generations who will only know his music. While the CEA Hall of Fame induction came posthumously, H-Bomb knew he was loved as one of Cincinnati's most outrageously colorful musical figures.  

Kenny Smith (2006)

Soul man is honored for his lifelong dedication to Funk and Soul

1 Comment · Friday, October 30, 2009
One of the most heartwarming and vindicating moments of the 2006 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony came when local Soul/Funk legend Kenny Smith took the Taft Theater stage to accept his long overdue Lifetime Achievement Award. He joked about not accepting it. "Can I turn it down?" Smith said before the CEAs with a hearty, self-deprecating laugh. "No, I wouldn't turn it down. I think it's great that we have something like this in Cincinnati."  

Cover Story: Soul Man

The CEAs honor Kenny Smith's lifelong dedication to Funk and Soul

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
One of the most heartwarming and vindicating moments of this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony will come when local Soul/Funk legend Kenny Smith takes the Taft Theater stage to accept his long overdue Lifetime Achievement Award. If he accepts, that is. "Can I turn it down?" Smith says with a hearty, self-deprecating laugh from his independent insurance sales office.   

D. Lynn Meyers (2006)

Making a difference and succeeding in theater because of unbridled passion

0 Comments · Friday, October 30, 2009
During the 10 years that D. Lynn Meyers has served as producing artistic director at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she's staged 46 regional premieres, helped establish the League of Cincinnati Theatres and served in a leadership role during the league's early years. It seems fitting that, for the 10th anniversary of the CEAs, Meyers received LCT's Award for Continuing Excellence and was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame.  

Jack Louiso (2007)

CEA Hall of Famer is local theater scene's Pied Piper

0 Comments · Friday, October 30, 2009
Jack Louiso's joyful sense of fun has, for many years, enabled him to get inside the heads of kids he's mentored and entertained. He's taught kids to sing, dance and act at the School for Creative and Performing Arts for two decades and has served as artistic director for the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati since 1992. Those are the obvious reasons why the League of Cincinnati Theatres named him the 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award and why he was recognized at the 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards event and was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame.   

Bill Hartnett and Ellie Shepherd (2008)

CEA Hall of Famers make beautiful theater together

0 Comments · Friday, October 30, 2009
Bill Hartnett and Ellie Shepherd, partners in life and frequently onstage, first acted in a play together 30 years ago with Mariemont Players, and they've enjoyed doing theater in one another's company ever since. They were married in 1982. For their body of work on local stages, Hartnett and Shepherd were honored with the League of Cincinnati Theatres' 2008 "Continuing Achievement Award." They were inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame at the 2008 CEA event at Below Zero Lounge.  

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