In Hampton’s 1985 play, the Marquise de Merteuil and the
Vicomte de Valmont are manipulative aristocrats in 18th-century France
who spend their time seducing scores of people and plotting to destroy
anyone who embarrasses or rejects them.
Playwright Deborah Laufer loves to tell stories. “I think what theater does,” she told CityBeat
recently, “is bring people together to contemplate what it means to be
human at this point in time. It’s a place to ask all the big questions..."
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was in
Chicago early in 2008, rehearsing the world premiere of a new play he
had just written for Steppenwolf Theatre. The company was staging Arthur
Miller’s legendary 1953 Tony Award winner, The Crucible, on its mainstage.
With the re-election of Barack Obama last
month, many people who were closely following politics and current
events reached a burnout point the day after the election. Comedian Auggie Smith reached that stage almost a full year earlier.
For stand-up comedy fans, few comics are
as popular as Brian Regan. Like Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Louis
C.K., Regan has built a large and loyal fan base without having been on a
sitcom or starring in a hit movie. Now he has a career many comics
Bill Burr is undoubtedly a comedian’s
comedian, that rare comic who other stand-ups will go out of their way
to see. However, Burr also has a sizeable and loyal fanbase that
relishes in his observations on everything from Hitler to fast food.
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).
The Capitol Steps are on their way to
Cincinnati, and they’ll stop at nothing to get audience members laughing
as this grueling election year surges forward. The Steps are a group of Capitol Hill
staffers turned political satirists, and no party is safe from ridicule
when these performers take the stage.
Cincinnati native Alan Kenny, fresh
from graduate studies and a nearly completed master’s degree from UCLA,
is back in town to stage the campy musical Xanadu at Covington’s
Carnegie Center. It opens on Saturday for an eight-performance run,
through Aug. 26.