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REVIEW: You’re Welcome: A Cycle of Bad Plays

I’ve truly never seen anything like it before. In fact, I’m not sure how I’m supposed to review it. YOU’RE WELCOME: A CYCLE OF BAD PLAYS playing this weekend at UC-CCM is so bad its impossible to know where to start. But that’s the point. And therefore, its kind of brilliant. Director Brant Russell (the real one, not…

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REVIEW: Taking Shakespeare

I’ve talked about my desire to better appreciate William Shakespeare and his plays – and my commitment to see more of them. I know that I’m not alone in not fully understanding – or even liking – that ancient language and trying to grasp the story being told in spite of the foreign nature of…

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REVIEW: Xavier’s Spring Awakening

SPRING AWAKENING is my favorite show.  Without question, it has impacted me more than any piece of theatre ever has.  As someone who has worked with teenagers for almost twenty years in various capacities, this show is as important to my belief system as any college course I ever had. Oh, come on, Kirk, you’re overstating…

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REVIEW: Death and the Maiden

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is magnificent. Pure and simple, this master class in acting is a must see. I don’t ordinarily start a review in such a straightforward manner. But I’m concerned that people will miss this incredible piece of theatre if I don’t tell you quickly (and often) to go see the play. You…

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REVIEW: Race

David Mamet’s RACE is a curious piece of theatre. It’s wordy, as usual for Mamet, but its rather timely. It’s definitely relevant – but maybe it tries too hard to controversial.  I’m not sure; I know that there were times when I was uncomfortable.  New Edgecliff Theatre is currently producing this play in the Hoefner…

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REVIEW: 110 In The Shade

  Here’s how powerful CCM’s 110 IN THE SHADE was:  I went to the Saturday matinee exhausted, sore from the night before, and coughing due to spring time allergies.  I wanted to see the show, but honestly, I would have much rather stayed in bed.  I went anyway, of course, and during Act One I…

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Know Theatre’s SERIALS Adds More Intrigue to the Concept

Know Theatre of Cincinnati prides itself on innovative concepts. The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is an extension of their theatre and they partner with others like OTRimprov, Unity Productions, and TrueTheatre to find ways to support creativity in theatrical arts. SERIALS is a unique concept to the region in which plays are presented episodically over several…

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CCM Celebrates the Music of Schmidt and Jones

  Last Thursday, I attended an intimate concert in the Gorno Library featuring some of the CCM’s finest musical theatre talent. Craig Dalton, a musical director graduate student, arranged and accompanied the singers along with Rachel Miller on harp. It’s good timing to celebrate these two – Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones – as CCM…

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BIRD BRAIN is a Charming Must-See

  Director Mark Lutwak has likely directed his final touring show for the Playhouse as he retires at the end of the season. He’s going out with a bang, as BIRD BRAIN is charming and delightful for all audiences. Especially geared for people in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, this fable tells the story of a…

Kelly Mengelkoch as Kate and Nicholas Rose as Petruchio in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2015 production of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, directed by Kevin Hammond, playing April 3-25, 2015.  Performances are located at CSC’s Theatre, 719 Race Street in downtown Cincinnati. Tickets are $14-$35 and are available now online at cincyshakes.com or by calling the box office 513.381.2273. Photos by Cal Harris.

Five Thoughts About THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Last night, I attended the opening of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. I loved it! It’s a great production of another Shakespearean classic and I recommend you check it out. Here’s five things you should know about the show: 1. The cast is superb.  We all know how good folks like Nick Rose, Kelly Mengelkoch,…