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The O’Shaughnessy was quieter than usual before last night’s show, particularly given the size of the crowd that braved the rain to see Emily Johnson/Catalyst’s one-night-only regional premiere of “Niicugni.” The light was dim, and there were homemade lanterns suspended from the rafters above both stage and audience, but little else by way of props […]

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“Lorca in a Green Dress,” Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s surreal homage to poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, opened at the Ritz Theater last weekend. The play, directed by Teatro del Pueblo’s Alberto Justiniano, marks the fourth collaborative production by the Knight Arts grantee company and Pangea World Theater. The curtain opens on 1936 Spain and […]

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Much-lauded actor John Lithgow has some strong theatrical roots in the Akron area, and he’s coming back to town to talk to his former friends and neighbors about “The Power of Storytelling.” His father, Arthur, a theatrical producer and director, directed a Shakespeare festival at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, where the present Ohio Shakespeare […]

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La Traviata | Florida Grand Opera

Giuseppe Verdi’s wildly popular, splendidly tragic and sumptuously opulent “La Traviata” closes Florida Grand Opera’s 72nd season with performances scheduled at the Arsht Center and

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For its last production of the season, Minnesota Opera (a Knight Arts grantee) is running an opulent iteration of Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot.” Two sets of lead players are performing in rotation for the show’s one-week run; the matinee I attended featured spinto tenor Scott Piper (as the love-struck, exiled prince Calaf) and sopranos Christie Hageman and Helen […]

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“Charley’s Aunt” is a dude. That’s not letting the cat out of the bag, for knowing that ahead of time neither spoils the fun of the play as performed by Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, nor surprises you, for you’ll have it figured out way in advance of seeing him/her. The play is set […]

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Ever wanted to travel through time? Of those who entertain the idea, some would visit the past to change tragic events or observe history. Others might seek to travel into the future to learn about the advancements of humanity.  Motivations are as varied as the many time-travel stories that exist. Many science fiction writers have […]

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With all the snow on the ground, I’m finding it hard to believe we’ll ever be going outside just in shirtsleeves again— nonetheless, it’s time to start thinking about summer. Indeed, savvy parents of school-aged kids are already deep in the process of cobbling together their plans, aware that spots in many of the plum […]

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The internationally active and conceptually provocative Philadelphia-based Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) graced Drexel University’s Mandell Theater on March 22 and 23 with their spring appearance. Those in attendance were fortunate enough to witness not only the world premiere of “One – Immortal Game” but also a return of the 2011 “Mandala Project,” which served as a […]

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Photo by Philip Groshong for Cincinnati Opera.

“Unexpected Opera in Unexpected Places,” recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge grant, is a new three-year program developed by the Florida Grand Opera (FGO) to expose lesser-known operas to the South Florida community by staging them in unorthodox spaces. Thursday night, FGO opens its first performance at The Stage,

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