Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

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Around Cincinnati’s longtime theatre contributor, Rick Pender, chose one of the region’s most talented and in-demand actors for his final segment. Bruce Cromer is perhaps best-known to local audiences as either Bob Cratchit or Ebenezer Scrooge in the Playhouse in the Park’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” but he has performed on most of the other stages in town, plus had a key role in the locally-filmed movie “Dark Waters”; and is an esteemed professor at Wright State University. Bruce Cromer has been a previous guest on Around Cincinnati, including in 2014, talking about “The Iliad” accompanied by director Michael Haney.

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As Around Cincinnati winds down its 15-year run, we want to share one of our shining moments. In 2007, local theatre writer and longtime contributor Rick Pender arranged an interview with Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. Rick has written extensively about the composer for years, including an upcoming, in-depth biography.

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Playhouse In The Park

Apr 24, 2020
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Theatre contributor Rick Pender finds out how Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is doing during this pandemic. In a conversation with Artistic Director Blake Robison, he learns about changes in the upcoming season and the progress on their building renovation.

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Destiny of Desire, the next play on the stage at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is described as an homage to Latin American soap operas, written by Karen Zacarías, whose play Native Gardens was a hit at the Playhouse recently. Theatre contributor Jim Stump is joined by the play's director, José Luis Valenzuela, who's the Artistic Director at Latino Theater Co. at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, and the assistant director, Jean Carlo Yunén A.

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The life of iconic 50's rocker Buddy Holly is coming to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park starting January 18.

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2 Pianos, 4 Hands tells the story of two characters lifelong pursuit to become elite concert pianists. Described as funny and relatable, Rick Pender learns more about the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production from the director, Tom Frey.

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The upcoming season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will celebrate their 60th year and the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage. Artistic Director Blake Robison previews the entire season, including their kick-off production of the calypso-flavored musical Once on This Island, during this conversation with Rick Pender.

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The Cincinnati arts community lost a friend, leader and talent when Ed Stern passed away April 3. He served as artistic director at Playhouse in the Park for 20 years, garnering national acclaim including two Tony Awards and three shows moving to the Broadway stage.


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Former Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park artistic director Ed Stern has died.