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REVIEW: Outside Mullingar

Joneal Joplin.  Dale Hodges.  Brian Isaac Phillips.  Jennifer Joplin. Oh.  You need more of a reason to see this?  Why?  But OK. Directed by Ed Stern.  Written by John Patrick Shanley.  The typical Ensemble set-design excellence, only this time from Joseph Tillford. Still not sold?  Fine. This Irish comedy features what a critic friend of…

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REVIEW: The Music Man in Concert

The first time I was at the Cincinnati Pops was for a concert of Disney songs; I enjoyed it very much. But it doesn’t even compare to the glorious spectacle that I saw tonight. THE MUSIC MAN IN CONCERT is a wonderful production by the Pops in collaboration with The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Artistic…

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Five Reasons to See VANYA, SONIA, MASHA, & SPIKE

VANYA, SONIA, MASHA, AND SPIKE is currently playing at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Here’s five reasons to see it: 1. It’s chock full of Chekov.  Director Michael Haney has found all the references to Chekov in the piece and accentuated them; if you’re a fan of the classic playwright, then this show will…

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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…