Category Archives: Review

Review: Spooky Action’s ‘The River’

The theater space at the Spooky Action Theatre is so intimate you immediately feel you’re in the tiny cabin where all its action in Jez Butterworth’s play “The River” takes place. Not only do you watch the man rhapsodize about sea trout fly fishing on a moonless night from this old family-owned cabin, and witness [...]

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A Best Bet for Militia Group Movie Night

Got a chilling feeling at the PBS portion of the TV Critics Association winter press tour last month. Of course it was happening just before the inauguration, but it was surprising to see so many episodes pertaining to the extreme right. An impending “Frontline” about the Bundy’s armed takeover of federal land is unironically called [...]

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Keeping You Up to Midnight: A New ’24′

Those digital clock beeps, the still remarkable real-time format, the relentless action, the petty office politics — the makers of “24: Legacy” (Fox, 10:30 p.m. or whenever the Super Bowl is over) do all they can to make you recall the signature 21st century series before you notice that Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer won’t be [...]

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From Russia, Ballet’s Humpbacked Horse

If the current state of U.S. relations with Russia seems dark and murky, it’s opposite that in the Mariinsky Ballet’s current offering at the Kennedy Center. “The Little Humpbacked Horse” is sunny and simple, light-hearted and soaring. Presented by Russia’s oldest company, formed decades before the United States, there’s nothing heavy about the production at all, [...]

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Mos Def: Yasiin Bey’s Final Performance

It’s been a tough year for Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, who now wants to be known as a former rapper. He was arrested in South Africa last January for trying to leave the country with a “world passport.” He had been living in Cape Town since 2013 and had been [...]

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The Old 97′s Ring in Another New Year

In the 2014 song “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” The Old 97s note “most of our shows were a triumph of rock, although some nights I might have been checkin’ the clock.” Checking the clock is what playing New Year’s Eve gigs are all about. And though Texas band’s return to the tony Hamilton Club [...]

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Review: Hayes Carll, Allison Moorer

Hayes Carll was stomping his way into country music success when he decided to dial it back for his most recent album, return to a quieter solo acoustic approach, and emulate once more the wry, road-weary wistfulness of a John Prine or a Townes Van Zandt. In his headlining show at the Birchmere Music Hall [...]

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Review: ‘The Second Shepherds’ Play’

Falstaff had the girth and beard to make for a decent Santa, but Shakespeare never wrote anything close to a Christmas play. Which might pose a problem for Folger Shakespeare Library hoping to present some holiday fare. But they’ve gotten hold of another text from the middle ages that involves the shepherds who followed the [...]

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Stage Review: New Austen Holiday Sequel

When every theater company feels compelled to do something Christmas-themed come December, it can lead to either overusing certain titles or creating fluffy trifles. One great addition to regional theaters, though, is the literate and witty “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. This season alone, it’s playing in Chicago, Milwaukee [...]

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Cincinnati Ballet Brings its ‘Nutcracker’

As expected this time of year as TV ads, wreaths and shopping center crowds, “The Nutcracker” has by now gone beyond being merely a beloved holiday tradition to possibly being the country’s most performed work of any type — dance, music or theater. Multiple productions of it appear in dozens of cities year after year [...]

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