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Falcon’s STRIKING 12 Runs Through Dec 27th

I caught the opening night performance of STRIKING 12 last night. This unusual musical has a modern story set against the backdrop of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl.”  There is some beautiful music and a few laughs. The show has been restaged since last year with a mostly new cast and a new…

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FEATURE: CCM Has Christmas Spirit

I had dinner tonight at Keystone in Clifton; not only are the Quesadillas amazing (and half-price on Tuesday) but the entire neighborhood is decked out for the holidays.  There’s something about Clifton that warms my heart and its a lot to do with the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. This is top musical…

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REVIEW: Awaited

Is it fair to “review” a church pageant? Probably not, unless it’s as ambitious as AWAITED, Crossroads’ Christmas spectacle.  This artistic retelling of the Biblical nativity is in its 7th year and crowds just keep getting bigger and bigger.  According to this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, they had 22,000 seats filled the first year.…

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REVIEW: The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Jerry Sandusky.  The Ohio State Band Director.  Bill Cosby.  Men, who from most accounts, are almost saints until someone comes forward with accusations so heinous they divide the community.  Jeff Goode, the playwright of THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES, has written a thought-provoking piece about this type of scandal only he’s set it at the North…

THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONLOGUES opens this weekend at Falcon Theatre / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

Even More Openings TONIGHT!

First, don’t forget that at 9am today tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING went on sale at the Aronoff Center.  Also, I ran into Stephanie Park last night at CCM’s CAROLS FOR A CAUSE.  Her last city on the CINDERELLA tour (before she heads off to THE KING AND I on Broadway!) is Cincinnati, which I was…

Kate Wilford and Phil Fiorini in SLEEPING BEAUTY / Photo by Ryan Kurz

REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty

The holiday season is a time for family friendly shows more than any other. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and producing artistic director D. Lynn Meyers has committed to bringing “non-denominational, multi-generational” shows to audiences each season and once again, SLEEPING BEAUTY is a home-grown production. Written by Joe McDonough and David Kisor, this original take…