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REVIEW: Little Women

  The women of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company ensemble are on a roll this year – and LITTLE WOMEN continues that momentum with some wonderful performances. I, along with most men, never read the book and didn’t know the story.  Louisa May Alcott’s novel is the story of the four March sisters and their coming-of-age experiences.  There’s…

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REVIEW: August: Osage County

  Director Buz Davis said something to me at the afterparty along the lines of “And they said we couldn’t stage this thing in the basement!” I’m not sure who actually said it, though I’m sure lots of people thought it. After all, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY traditionally uses a three-story set.  It features a cast…

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REVIEW: Anything Goes

  I remember thinking that cruise ships seemed like so much fun, probably due to “The Love Boat.”  All those people in a fancy floating hotel?  It always seemed so magical.  ANYTHING GOES, playing this weekend at the Aronoff Center, is also set on a ship like that and is a fun romantic comedy from an…

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REVIEW: The Heidi Chronicles

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES is a strange piece of business, isn’t it? I mean – I like the idea of following a young woman through her life in the turbulent times of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  The concept intrigues; but for me the payoff is lackluster.  With a two-hour-and-a-half-plus run time, there’s plenty of time…

Mac Blais as Lysander, Katie Mitchell as Helena, Sterling Shaw as Demetrius and Alex Roberts as Puck

FEATURE: Xavier Students Bring Shakespeare to Life With the Help of an Expert

Xavier University’s Theatre program is quickly developing a reputation of excellence.  Under the leadership of Stephen Skiles, the students in this new program get the experience of working with some of Cincinnati’s finest theatre professionals as they produce their season.  Last time it was Regina Pugh (marvelous in Ensemble Theatre’s THE OTHER PLACE) directing BLACK…

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REVIEW: In the Heat of the Night

I’ve seen several plays about race relations lately. And it’s a shame that despite the fact that the stories were set sixty, fifty, and twenty years ago that we’re still having discussions about race.  The story of a black man accused of murder – just because he’s black – who then aids in the solving…

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REVIEW: Chapatti

CHAPATTI is a story of two lonely seniors; one loves his dog.  The other, Betty, loves cats.  He’s a bit of a pessimist while she’s a bright seer of hope.  Sounds like a perfect romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day, right? And it does – SPOILER ALERT – have a happy ending.  But it takes a…