The Sappy Critic - By Kirk Sheppard Sometimes I go to the theatre with the intention of sitting back and being entertained. Sometimes I don’t want to have to think too much and sometimes I just want to laugh a lot. Well, I laughed a few times during The KNOW Theatre’s brilliant production of THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY, but I certainly didn’t get to sit back during this frenetic 90 minutes of intensity. I’m not even sure how to describe the show to you. The description I’d r
City Beat - By Stacy Sims Critic's Pick When house lights dim and a play begins, every theatergoer prays to witness something that entertains, transports and, in the best cases, transforms. Every so often a play delivers all three, embracing and transcending theatrical form. Tom Jacobson’s The Twentieth-Century Way, receiving its regional premiere at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, does just that. The Twentieth-Century Way is an 85-minute uninterrupted tour de force by actors Mic
Cincinnati Refined - By Daniel Traicoff In 1914, America was a very different place. World War I was occurring across the globe. The economy was on the verge of an upswing. And the boom of cities was just beginning. All of these shifts, of course, set the stage for some very real social change. One facet of this evolution was the nation’s relationship to (and sometimes-public conversation about) homosexuality, something still discussed and debated nearly 100 years later. The
Cincinnati Enquirer - By David Lyman "The Twentieth-Century Way" starts awkwardly. It's 1914 and two actors – Mr. Brown and Mr. Warren – have shown up to audition for the same film role. Maybe the situation is supposed to feel awkward. But it also feels forced. You want actors to act, of course. But you don't want it to look like they're acting. You want it to seem "real," whatever that means when you have two people in period costumes standing in front of a paying audience.