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The essential guide to Cincinnati theater

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ While the end of the summer season marks the conclusion of tan lines and beach playlists, the Cincinnati theater scene is only beginning to heat up. Repertory companies and even Xavier’s own Department of Music and Theatre have un­veiled their season listings for what is sure to be … Continue reading

“Toolbox: Take Two” a success

By: Thomas Bell ~Guest Writer~ Xavier Players’ “Toolbox: Take 2” once again delighted audiences with a show that not even the ac­tors knew was coming. Billed as “a new show every night,” seniors Brandon Martin and Will Clemens directed a cast of seven Xavier students in the improvisational comedy show that has become a Players … Continue reading

“Venus in Fur” sizzles with sex and hilarity

By: Patrick Phillips ~Staff Writer~ Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has begun running David Ives’ 2012 Tony nominee for Best Play, “Venus in Fur.” Composed of a perfect mixture of intelligence and sex appeal, the play has something to offer to everyone in the audience. The play follows the story of Thomas, a playwright looking … Continue reading

“A Delicate Ship” premieres regionally Bold performances and intricate staging elevate unoriginal material

By: Katherine Colborn ~Managing Editor~ The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has offered audiences the chance to partake in a world premiere of “A Delicate Ship,” a memory play that explores the complexities of a love triangle and a tangled past that weaves in and out of the events taking place on stage. Award-winning playwright … Continue reading

Department of Music & Theatre opens “Avenue Q”

By: Katherine Colborn ~Managing Editor~   For lovers of musicals like “The Book of Mormon,” Xavier’s Department of Music and Theatre will be opening “Avenue Q,” a funny, quirky and delightfully crude coming-of-age story that is sure to resonate with students and adults alike. Described by Director of Theatre Stephen Skiles as “an adult and … Continue reading

“And Then There Were None” chills audiences Xavier Players first non-student written production is a thrilling success

By: Patrick E. Phillips ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ There were a lot of things go¬ing against the Xavier Players’ production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” Due to limited performing space in Gallagher Student Center Studio Theatre, one wouldn’t think there would be space for 10 performers to be onstage at once. Also, … Continue reading

Professionals in the classroom Cincinnati theater directors D. Lynn Meyers and Michael Evan Haney share experience teaching at Xavier University

By: Alex Spindler ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre strives to feature new classes that fully integrate the academic setting with profes¬sional experience. New to students this spring semester is a theatrical directing class taught by Cincinnati theater professionals Michael Evan Haney and D. Lynn Meyers. Both have worked extensively directing … Continue reading

ETC’s “The Mountaintop” showscases excellent performances and effects

By: Sabrina Brown ~Editor-in-Chief~ Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) did not disappoint in its production of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop.” The play is set on April 3, 1968, the night preceding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Mountaintop” explores another side of King, including scenes portraying him as a misogynist, adulterous snob. When … Continue reading

Murder Mystery Dinner makes for a fun evening

By: Gina Carfagno ~Staff Writer~ The Commuter Council in conjunction with Xavier Players produced a murder mystery dinner in the Cintas Center conference rooms. Guests were treated to a free pasta dinner, catered by Cintas Center, and enjoyed a night of entertainment from student actors on Feb. 21. The plot followed the employees of the … Continue reading

“Evita” shines on the Aronoff stage

By: Alex Spindler ~Staff Writer~ Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sweeping operatic tragedy, “Evita,” takes a momentary pit stop at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati. Much like Webber’s other mega-hits, “Evita” features a boisterous score filled with eclectic melodies, heartbreaking ballads and sung-through dialogue that easily picks the pockets of theater-goers internationally. His … Continue reading


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