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REVIEW: Wyatt’s Bed

One of the most enjoyable things about writing this blog is the chance to encounter new things – new works, new theaters, new playwrights, and more. So, when I saw that Clifton Performance Theatre was playing host to a brand new play called WYATT’S BED, written by teenager Isaiah Reaves, I couldn’t wait to go…

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REVIEW: Ragtime

When you hear “community theatre” you might think of old divas with minimal talent who are holding on to a failed dream that never came true.  That jaded opinion is one I might have believed – but I’ve been exposed to some fantastic community theatre this year.  And Fairfield Summer Theatre’s “Ragtime” is a great example…

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REVIEW: Serials #2

Last Monday I attended Episode 2 of “Serials” at Know Theatre.  “Serials” is a night of theatre that features six different plays, all being presented in episodic format. They each get 15 minutes each outing and by the end of the summer we will have seen 6 full plays. Each play had a chance to recap…

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REVIEW: Serials

Know Theatre is known for their alternative, hip style.  They like to try new things and under the leadership of Andrew Hungerford, it looks like they’re heading full speed ahead into unchartered territory for professional theatre in Cincinnati.  SERIALS!, they first “official” Hungerford-driven project is unique, unusual, and fun. Essentially, over the summer – about…

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The 2014 Sappie Awards

Last week, I awarded a few tongue-in-cheek Sappie awards.  The more I thought about it throughout the week, the more I decided it would be OK to actually give some “real” awards for exceptional performances and productions.  And so… welcome to the first ever Sappie Awards! Elgibility for these awards requires that a) I saw…

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REVIEW: Play It By Heart

The Human Race Theatre in downtown Dayton, Ohio often times takes risks on new material.  It paid off with BAND GEEKS.  They have a new musical festival every August, and some of those have been really good including PUMP UP THE VOLUME and RED BLOODED ALL AMERICAN MAN.  And then there are shows like PLAY…

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ROAD TRIP: A Legally Blonde Adventure!

One of the joys of this “job” I have as a theatre guy is getting to see people at various stages of their careers.  I might meet someone at Kings Island, our local amusement park (which, by the way, has some amazing talent and some really fun shows in addition to the famous roller coasters),…