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A two-character play featuring two historical figures who had a tempestuous friendship is coming to the stage of Newport's Falcon Theatre starting Friday, March 20. The Agitators by Mat Smart tells the tale of the relationship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the actor portraying Douglass, Elliott Young, previews this production in a conversation with Jim Stump.

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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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**On March 12, Ensemble Theatre announced a temporary suspension of performances due to the coronavirus outbreak. They are working to determine rescheduling opportuniites, so contact them directly with questions about tickets.**

The works of Dominique Morisseau have found a home at Cincinnati's Ensemble Theatre with successful runs of Detroit 67 and Skeleton Crew the last few years. Opening March 7 is a production of her play Pipeline, and our contributor Rick Pender speaks with the show's director, Ron OJ Parson.

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OTR's Know Theatre is ready to open Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere project. Andrew Hungerford, Know Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, and Lisa Sanaye Dring, the play's director and Associate Artistic Director of LA’s Circle X Theatre Company, join our host Lee Hay for a preview of this production, opening February 28.

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Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore will receive a rare local production from Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts from February 21-March 1. Joining our Andy Ellis to preview this comic operetta are Music Director Damon Stevens and Chorus Master Kimberly Lazzeri.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati continues presenting fun, family musicals perfect for young audiences, and their next production is no exception. Annie Jr. (a scaled down, one-hour version of the Broadway classic) will have school and public presentations starting February 29. Director Eric Byrd spends a few minutes with our Jim Stump talking about the students involved in the production, how the public can see it, and their recent addition of sensory performances.

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The Oscar Wilde classic play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is being presented by the Mason Community Players from February 14-22 at their venue, Theatre 42 in Lebanon. Joining Jim Stump for a preview of this comedic gem is the actress bringing Lady Bracknell to life, Amy Sullivan.

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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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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati continues its tradition of presenting a locally written and performed family musical during the holidays. ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers previews this year's David Kisor-Joe McDonough musical, The Frog Princess.

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The story of young wizards in training sounds vaguely familiar, but a new parody version is coming to the stage at Over the Rhine's Know Theatre. Puffs, by Matt Cox, takes the familiar and presents it through a bent wand of reality. Joining Jim Stump for a preview are director Andrew Hungerford and cast member Brandon Burton.

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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 2019-2020 season of Broadway in Cincinnati features compelling music, fantastic characters and even special engagements for the holiday season. General Manager Genevieve Holt joins Jim Stump to talk about the most popular upcoming shows, theatre revivals, and season discounts.

Survival in the cutthroat world of auto manufacturing and the impact on individual workers is the theme of playwright Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew, the next regional premiere on stage at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

A new one-man production from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati presents the story of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati continues its holiday tradition by presenting their original take on a classic tale with this year's production of Alice in Wonderland

Several years in the making, Playhouse in the Park is ready for the stage debut of their original musical production based on Cincinnati's iconic record label, King Records

What's Coming To The Know Theatre Stage This Season

Oct 12, 2018

Another season of challenging, original, alternative theatre is underway at OTR's Know Theatre of Cincinnati

While highlighted by the first visit of the smash hit Hamilton, the 2018-19 Broadway in Cincinnati has a line-up featuring new and classic favorites. 

With the first production of the 2018-19 season completed, what's coming to the stage of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

In a special performance event, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati will present the exceptional actor Bruce Cromer in the one-man play St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson. 

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