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  • Curtain Call - Articles and News
    thanks to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati ETC the Cincinnati Playhouse and Know Theatre In fact looking at American Theatre s list of 2012 2013 s Top 10 most produced plays six have already been presented locally Curtain Call Daniel Beaty Shows How to Live in New Ways Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday September 26 2012 Daniel Beaty spent his first 18 years in Dayton He considers that a blessing I m a native Ohioan he said in a recent phone interview as he prepares to bring his one man show Through the Night to the Cincinnati Playhouse where it begins a four week run on Thursday Curtain Call Cromer Is a Man for All Theater Seasons Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday September 12 2012 What makes Bruce Cromer one of our region s best actors He s especially good at virtuous characters such as Atticus Finch the admirable broadminded attorney in To Kill a Mockingbird a role he s currently playing for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company CSC Curtain Call Theater Season Heats Up Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday August 28 2012 As the final weeks of summer cool down it s time for Cincinnati s theaters to turn up the heat Curtain Call Star Gazing Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday August 15 2012 If you spent some of last spring watching the TV series Smash you learned that Broadway producers look for talent whose names attract audiences The commercial concerns of Broadway producers are surely a big factor in their decision making especially how much magnetism a star can bring This led me to speculate whether we have bankable stars in Cincinnati Curtain Call Shakespeare Al Fresco Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday July 31 2012 Rather than focus on one venue Cincinnati Shakespeare Company delivers its Shakespeare in the Park Tour to more than a dozen parks and outdoor venues throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area The first of CSC s touring performances will be on Saturday with the 7 p m opening of The Tempest at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park Curtain Call Singing Cincinnati s Praises Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday July 18 2012 This time of year there s not much theater in town something I usually grouse about But that scarcity pushed me in a different direction this year I bought tickets to the World Choir Games and boy was I glad I did I saw as much drama in those 11 days as I ve seen in many theater seasons entertaining passionate talented and eye opening Curtain Call It s All Just Singing Right Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday July 4 2012 Opera always struck me as a strange overblown cousin to musical theater I told people that I had to turn off my theater filters when I went to see opera But then I spent several seasons working for Cincinnati Opera and my eyes were opened to the reasons people react so strongly to that art form Curtain Call Back For More Ensemble offers

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  • Curtain Call - Articles and News
    1829 to 1837 But he was a rock star back in his day a rabble rouser Curtain Call On the Theatrical Horizon Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday March 13 2012 Most CityBeat readers want to read about things to do right here and right now so I don t allocate many words to theater season announcements that show up this time of year Keep your eye on citybeat com especially the arts blog for up to the minute information and recommendations Curtain Call Sondheim All Over Cincinnati Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday February 28 2012 If you pay attention to theater on a regular basis you surely know Stephen Sondheim s name He s has been esteemed as the greatest creator of musical theater for more than 50 years When he turned 80 in 2010 there were celebrations across the United States and around the world Cincinnati has been fertile terrain for his work Curtain Call Connections and Disruptions Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday February 14 2012 When I read Andrew Bovell s play Speaking in Tongues the current Shelterhouse production at the Cincinnati Playhouse through March 4 I have to admit I was mystified as to what it would become on the stage Curtain Call ETC Actor Excels With Solid Direction Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday January 31 2012 When you go to the theater I suspect you focus on the actors That s as it should be but it s important to bear in mind that it s the director who pulls a production together and evokes performances that add up to the larger whole Curtain Call A Child of Two Lands Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday January 18 2012 Let s answer the inevitable question about local roots Playwright Theresa Rebeck grew up in Kenwood and graduated from Ursuline Academy But she s made her career as a writer for theater and television series like Brooklyn Bridge LA Law Law Order Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue Curtain Call Twelve Intriguing Productions for 12 Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday January 3 2012 Have I got a show for you Well actually I have a dozen that you should consider calling Cincinnati theater box offices right now so when the season is over you can smugly say Yeah I caught that one best thing all year I can t tell you which one that will be but I ll narrow the field for you Curtain Call To Tweet or Not to Tweet Rick Pender 4 Comments Wednesday December 21 2011 When I enter a theater for a performance my enjoyment comes from the chance to escape the everyday world I love to experience new perspectives and ideas And once that s over as a fan or a theater critic I look forward to telling others about what I ve seen But a new trend is giving me pause tweeting during performances Curtain Call Which Holiday Show Should You See Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday December 7 2011 People often

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  • Curtain Call - Articles and News
    and September The latter play is a particular favorite since its setting is in a magical forest around Athens where lots of tomfoolery and mischief occurs so it feels quite natural to watch it surrounded by trees and wildlife Curtain Call Let s Put on a Show Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday July 19 2011 My teenaged and college summers were dominated by swimming pools I was a lifeguard and theater I grew up in northeast Ohio where summer theater was easy to find I m put in mind of this every summer when I hear that Cincinnati Young People s Theatre CYPT is mounting another production With this summer s Crazy for You lots of tunes by George Gershwin from July 29 to August 7 CYPT marks its 30th year of involving area teens in theater Curtain Call Remedying the Sound of One Hand Clapping Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday July 6 2011 The Acclaim Awards merged both the Cincinnati Enquirer s program of the same name and CityBeat s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards The merger has had a rough life and after some turmoil changes are in the works Curtain Call Who Needs Broadway Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday June 22 2011 The Tonys recognize only shows from Broadway That s just 40 theaters many tied up with long open ended production runs so there might be 30 or so new musicals or plays annually not an extensive sampling of American theater and increasingly dictated by popular appeal hence jukebox shows using tunes we all know or star vehicles TV or movie actors whose names sell tickets Curtain Call Fringe Antidote to Uptight Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday June 8 2011 You ve been reading a lot about the current Cincinnati Fringe Festival in CityBeat for several weeks Now s my chance to sum up what I like about this crazy annual event and why it s more than just fun It s actually good for our city It s a creative shot in the arm The artists who perform about half from Cincinnati and half from elsewhere get to exercise their creativity with few limitations Curtain Call Theater s Power to Unite and Heal Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday May 25 2011 I have a dramatic story for you dramatic in every sense of the word impressive and theatrical It s about a collaborative project involving drama students and a professor from the University of Cincinnati s College Conservatory of Music CCM and others in Dadaab Kenya the site of the world s largest refugee camp Curtain Call The Envelope Please Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday May 11 2011 Several times over the past year I ve written in Curtain Call about awards recognizing theater performers and productions in Cincinnati A year ago I wrote a column questioning whether we needed two competing programs the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for theater originated by CityBeat in 1997 and The Acclaims supported by The Cincinnati Enquirer since their creation in 2006

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  • Curtain Call - Articles and News
    St Louis Repertory Theatre late in 2010 and now it s coming to the Cincinnati Playhouse s Marx Theatre Curtain Call Get Some Direction Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday January 4 2011 Actors often say the most invigorating part of any production is rehearsing in the room where a director imposes a vision and steers performers and designers toward the final product For this reason you should pay heed to who s directing shows you choose to see Curtain Call The Gift of Theater Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday December 21 2010 With just a few days left for Christmas shopping I m making a few theater related suggestions a Broadway snowglobe new musical theater recordings Sondheim The Birthday Concert on DVD and gift certificates to our wonderful local theater companies Curtain Call God Bless Our Holiday Shows Every One Rick Pender 0 Comments Monday December 6 2010 I annually face the holidays with mixed emotions I love the holiday season but I also know that it means I ll be in overdrive attending numerous theatrical holiday productions But there are excellent options again this holiday season starting with Cincinnati Playhouse s A Christmas Carol and ETC s Cinderella Curtain Call Thanks for the Giving Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday November 24 2010 During a week when we count our blessings I want to mention several things I m grateful for starting with Mrs Mary Price a high school English teacher who pulled me out of a study hall in 1963 and urged me to audition for a play she was directing I ve been in love with theater ever since I m grateful to CityBeat for supporting my support for local theater and I m grateful to all the fine theaters in Greater Cincinnati that provide a remarkable variety of choice Curtain Call Fun I ll Second That Rick Pender 0 Comments Tuesday November 9 2010 If I say Second City you say Chicago Maybe But I bet comedy club comes in a close second The Windy City s legendary improv club is now exporting city specific shows around the country including one right here for Cincinnati audiences at Playhouse in the Park for the holidays Curtain Call And That s the Truth Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday October 27 2010 I occasionally write about concepts that theaters might consider to give us a broader array of performances Know Theatre recently established an umbrella concept the Jackson Street Market that s beginning to produce results With a goal of building and retaining the local artist community the Market seeks to help local artistic entrepreneurs to leverage Know Theatre s resources on their behalf Curtain Call What Does Acclaim Mean Rick Pender 1 Comment Wednesday October 13 2010 In August it was announced that CityBeat s longtime Cincinnati Entertainment Awards CEAs for theater would join forces with the Acclaims another local theater recognition program Since the season began last month I have worked closely with Acclaims volunteers including Cincinnati Enquirer

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  • Curtain Call - Articles and News
    Comments Wednesday June 23 2010 There s a song in The Fantasticks that bemoans the heat of the summer sun This Plum Is Too Ripe and that s how hot weather makes me feel It s made more depressing by the reduction of shows that might provide some diversion Most local stages are dark for the summer which is a shame But there s still summer theater to be found so let s do a quick overview Curtain Call Heading North Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday June 9 2010 Most of the time I extol the virtues of Cincinnati theaters but we don t have a corner on that market so I d like to give Dayton its due Demographers tell us that sooner rather than later our two metropolitan areas will become one with I 75 as our main street so it s worth paying attention to what s onstage in the Gem City Curtain Call A Year of Great Theater Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday May 26 2010 A lot of theater awards are handed out around the nation this time of year including the Acclaims earlier this week in Cincinnati I organize the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards which will return in August for year 15 to honor excellence from this season just before the next one kicks off Awards are arbitrary subjective and unscientific but that doesn t stop us from being fascinated or rooting for our favorites Curtain Call How Much Recognition Is Enough Rick Pender 3 Comments Wednesday May 12 2010 The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards CEAs were established by CityBeat in 1996 using theater critics from all the local media to determine nominees The Acclaim Awards were created in 2006 and are largely supported by The Cincinnati Enquirer Our theater scene is excellent for a city this size but it s worth asking if competing awards enhance what we have or duplicate recognition Curtain Call Springtime Avalanche of Theater Rick Pender 0 Comments Wednesday April 28 2010 Actors and stages and shows oh my April has offered Cincinnatians several unparalleled weeks of We re off to see the theater No matter which yellow brick road you followed it likely led to a stage with an excellent production Let me recap Curtain Call David Bar Katz and the Truth of Invulnerability Rick Pender 1 Comment Monday April 12 2010 David Bar Katz probably has more in common with Jerry Siegel than with Superman but he s put them onstage together in his world premiere play The History of Invulnerability at the Cincinnati Playhouse They interact with one another Bar Katz explains Superman represents his unconscious provoking him Curtain Call Angels in Cincinnati Finally Rick Pender 1 Comment Tuesday March 30 2010 Given the acclaim behind Angels in America and Tony Kushner s continuing reputation as one of our nation s great if controversial playwrights you d think an ambitious professional theater company in Cincinnati would have staged the work before 2010 But we ve only had Angels

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  • CityBeat - Movies
    be modern Will 2016 with its over abundance of sequels on the horizon be in a position to introduce audiences to new characters that might one day join the ongoing pantheon of franchise players that dominate the multiplexes Youth With Youth Paolo Sorrentino returns to the query explored in The Great Beauty of what remains when joy and pleasure no longer have intense immediacy and when memory bleeds away the vitality William Shakespeareâ s Macbeth gets a fascinating visual reinterpretation thanks to Justin Kurzel an Australian neophyte with only one previous feature credit to his name In Justin Simien s explosive dramedy Dear White People the ladies ended up dominating the proceedings seizing control of the film s fictional Ivy League campus and our imaginations OTR has become a nationally recognized foodie destination yet the amateur urban planner in me canâ t help but wonder what this sector would look like with a film center to serve as a creative anchor Right away Ryan Coogler lets us know that weâ re in good and special hands with Creed his Rocky spinoff that arrives with not only the complete blessing of series creator Sylvester Stallone but also with his quietly mesmerizing appearance as Rocky Balboa I still remember the first time I took notice of actor Emory Cohen onscreen In the Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines he played the pampered son of Bradley Cooperâ s reluctant cop turned hero We tell ourselves the world is a big place but director Lenny Abrahamson Frank adapting Emma Donoghueâ s novel Room shows us just how infinite the space can truly be All of the great real life sports dramas work from the same basic premise â that of an underdog facing nearly impossible odds with determination and an undeniable sense

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  • Encounters of 'The 4th' Kind
    have to wear a damn costume I mean I like costumes and stuff but it just opened up so many different things CB We interviewed you when Funnel was a Sundance selection and you mentioned that character driven films like Boogie Nights and The Big Lebowski sparked an interest in filmmaking Was there an inspirational piece of comedy at some point that got you thinking specifically about comedy AH I d say Ghostbusters Another one and this is probably really typical was SNL Letterman was an influence But I guess for something more personal than that I loved bad movies B movies and cable access Dude Blood Suckers from Outer Space That one Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Bye Bye Blockbus The Hyland Road The Green Hornet The Way Back Rev No Strings Attach Sanctum Review Related to Movies Andre Hyland The 4th Jesse Miller Funnel Sundance Wow What a terrible movie We rented it from a video store when I was a kid and it ended up getting stuck under the backseat in my mom s van so it cost us 40 bucks or something but it was totally worth it Then there was another movie that we found in high school called Feeders made by a pair of twins from Pennsylvania It was so bad I remember when I got in a car crash in high school my mom let me pick out a video from the rental place and Feeders was the pick It was an easy choice So mostly it s things that I found to be stupid CB Was The 4th shot on a micro budget AH Oh yeah Totally shoestring It was great too because I didn t want to psyche myself out about it I mean it s going to be as good or bad as it is anyway And the worst thing that could happen is it sucks Laughs And I d rather have it suck when it s on a low budget because if it s on a big budget people might say Hm I don t think we should give this guy money to make stuff again But it worked out great I didn t have anyone to answer to CB Would you prefer working with no one to answer to as opposed to a bigger budget AH Yeah Absolutely Even if the producers I would work with would be nice or great or whatever it s just easier not having anyone to run things by And I m not trying to sound like I m on some sort of ego trip like I don t answer to anybody It s just a matter of creatively there can be a lot of disconnect when you re working with too many people It s just less people you have to articulate the vision in your head to before you make it happen It s not like I didn t run things by people for my own good

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  • Review: 'Mojave'
    to heal completely which is why in return we romanticize these standard bearers But something within us understands that artists must remain alone and apart from us for their good and our own When Thomas Garrett Hedlund first appears in Mojave we know nothing significant about him other than the fact that he s talking about his status as an artist He tells us that he s been around for years Fame arrived early He s a movie star but right away we realize that the excess of the job has taken ahold of him He rises from bed leaving behind a pretty young body a spoil of war he s been waging in the artistic trenches And he goes off riding into the desert with water and cheap whiskey to face his demons Everything is so literal brother in the world of screenwriter director William Monahan Oscar winning screenwriter for The Departed out here in Mojave Well literal and we soon discover quite literary too Once Thomas wrecks his Jeep and wanders off we wonder how long he will be able to survive yet Thomas for all his angst never shows the kind of desperation that would lead us to believe that he s got any doubts about life and living Tweet SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE Related content Bye Bye Blockbus Tron Legacy Rev The Green Hornet The Way Back Rev No Strings Attach Sanctum Review Related to Movies Mojave Garrett Hedlund William Monahan No he s coming back Before he heads back though he encounters a figure Oscar Isaac seemingly from on high out in the distance wearing a long duster and a cowboy hat looking like Roland the last gunslinger from Stephen King s The Dark Tower series But this high plains drifter up close is a real talker Named Jack he approaches Thomas camp and lays down his gun in an attempt to assuage the typical suspicions Thomas might have He begins to prattle on dropping literary quotes from Shakespeare Hemingway and the Bible of assumed importance He s an artist too creating his great work himself against the backdrop of the desert history and mythology Thomas and Jack are opposite sides of the same coin prime examples of the archetypes that Monahan loves and that we have seen presented by the likes of David Fincher Fight Club and Michael Mann Heat Yet Monahan foregoes the heady existential grit of Fight Club and the noirish mystique of the match up between De Niro and Pacino focusing instead on the inherent evil the core willingness to give into malignancy in these two men They spar briefly out there in isolation with Thomas gaining the upper hand for a moment And then an accident otherwise known as the fickle finger of Fate creates a secret that one will get to use against the other The secret is death the ability to kill and cover it up and both men have great facility with such actions We

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