“A Christmas Carol” charms once more

By: Andrew Koch ~Editor-in-Chief~ Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park opened its 24th annual “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Howard Dallin, on Nov. 26. Dickens’ timeless story tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a “bah humbug”-ing curmudgeon who learns to love after seeing visions brought on by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Dallin’s adaptation especially focuses on Scrooge’s past, humanizing the character whose name has become synonymous with negativity. The play’s narrative explores Scrooge’s youth and follows him through his adolescence as an apprentice at the Fezziwigs’ shop, his romance with a woman named Belle and … Continue reading “A Christmas Carol” charms once more

Gripping “Safe House” delivers from beginning to end

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The sheer brilliance and potency of live theatre exploded on Oct. 23 at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park with the world premiere of “Safe House.” Penned by Cincinnati native Keith Josef Adkins, this compelling historical drama revolves around brothers Addison and Frank Pedigrew, along with their Aunt Dorcas, during the 1840s in northern Kentucky. Having been born free African-Americans in a society overwrought with terror and racial intolerance, the Pettigrews are punished for two years for assisting fugitives to escape north of the Ohio River. During this time, they cannot visit parts of … Continue reading Gripping “Safe House” delivers from beginning to end

Scrumptious “Spaghetti” satisfies

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Sept. 27 marked the premiere of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s brand new foodie comedy, “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.” The very fresh and original play is a one-woman show set in Giulia Melucci’s kitchen, as she showcases her long history of failed relationships and the long-lasting lessons she learned from them, all while making a hefty batch of her fresh, home-style spaghetti from scratch served throughout to eight fortunate audience members. Adapted from the best-selling memoir of the same title by Giulia Melucci, the play paces itself by using each distinct course … Continue reading Scrumptious “Spaghetti” satisfies