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Internationally Acclaimed Burlesque Cabaret Stars Embark on Whirlwind US/Canada Tour

MISC_Tainted Cabaret logoAward-winning neo-burlesque and comedy music are heading to Cincinnati

Uninhibited, Undressed, Unhinged!

Friday, March 22nd at 8pm

The Mockbee
2260 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati 45214

$18 General Admission, $35 VIP (Preferred Seating and Gift)

Starring: Ula Uberbusen, James & the Giant Pasty and Shirley Gnome

TAINTED CABARET is a provocative burlesque cabaret featuring stars of the renowned underground theatre scenes of New York, Toronto, and Vancouver. A sinfully funny mix of satirical song and irreverent neo-burlesque, their show is a deliciously naked evening of sexy, campy and theatrical entertainment. Smart and subversive, Tainted Cabaret celebrates sensuality, sexuality, and redefines the rigid structures of traditional femininity. The award-winning cast welcomes their audience into their uncensored and liberating world with open arms.

Out for their second national tour, Tainted Cabaret hits the open road in March and April 2019. New cast member, #1 iTunes charting cabaret comedian and ‘chanteuse provocateur’ Shirley Gnome (“Dark, sexy, over-the-top and she’ll sing songs that will make sailors blush.” -Sunday Mail, Australia) joins producer Ula Uberbusen (“An absolute delight…beautiful and touching.” -Burlesque Beat) and boylesque superstar James & The Giant Pasty (“Ridiculous fun stuffed into a sequinned jockstrap.” -Edmonton Vue). Traveling through over twenty states from New York to New Orleans, and Durham to Denver, this all-star cast is making a stop at The Mockbee on Friday, March 22nd. They hope to bring a feel-good, adults only extravaganza that Cincinnati will never forget.

“Working with a team of smart and talented artists, all at the top of their game, means that we empower each other to create entertaining and thought-provoking theater,” says Ula Uberbusen about producing Tainted Cabaret. James and the Giant Pasty adds about performing burlesque, “There is no other art form where you get to connect so viscerally with the audience. You get to look them right in the eye, acknowledge them, make them feel something, and then hear and feel their response.” Shirley Gnome says that combing her comedic songs with burlesque is a perfect fit because “my music comes from a very positive, revealing, shameless place, and I find that energy seems to compliment burlesque perfectly.”

Tainted Cabaret is on tour in March and April 2019.

For showtimes and tickets visit

To follow the show on social media, connect at

Twitter and Instagram: @TaintedCabaret

Producer: Ula Uberbusen


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ROB LOWE: Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE! | Sat., June 1 | Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

Tickets on-sale Friday, March 22 at 10:00 AM

CINCINNATI, OH – Following his hit debut run in Mesa, Salt Lake City, and Denver in 2017, Rob Lowe is taking his one-man show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE!, on a national tour, making a much-anticipated stop at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on June 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM. The show is part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2018-19 Season.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 22 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE! Meet & Greet Package is available for $250 and includes one premium ticket, a post-show meet & greet, professional photo with Rob Lowe, and a signed copy of the Stories I Only Tell My Friends book.  No personal photos on personal phones or cameras will be permitted. 

Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades.  Broadway World calls Lowe “As personable and charismatic of a presence onstage as he is onscreen.”

From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE! is packed with witty fun and one-of-a-kind insights spanning an iconic career. Broadway World raves “The humor is first class, with the jokes and funny anecdotes keeping the audience in stitches for most of the night.” In addition to Rob’s storytelling, the show will include a Q&A and plenty of insider film clips and photos. “This isn’t a regurgitation of the books, because that wouldn’t be very much fun,” Lowe says. “This is very much its own beast, but it does have some of the same feel of the books.”

Lowe released his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in 2011. The book was an instant hit, spending consecutive weeks in the top four of The New York Times best sellers and making it onto GQ’s “Best of 2011” book list. Lowe’s second book, Love Life, was published in 2014 and also landed a spot on The New York Times best-seller list. “I decided to put what would be the third book into a show where I could go out directly to an audience and share and have an exchange with them directly,” he says. “Frankly, I love meeting people, being out in front of them, hearing their comments. It’s really fun,” says Lowe.

Rob Lowe’s iconic career spans four decades in film, television, and theater. He is also an acclaimed author. Rob has been nominated for two Emmys, six Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, of which he won two. He has starred in the ‘80s classics St. Elmo’s FireAbout Last Night, and The Outsiders, as well as television classics such as The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. Rob’s incredibly diverse career also includes scene-stealing work in Behind the CandelabraAustin Powers, and Tommy Boy.  Rob just wrapped Christmas in the Wild for Netflix with Kristen Davis and was recently seen in and directed a remake of the four-time Academy Award-nominated film, The Bad Seed. Most recently, FOX announced that Rob is the host and producer of Mental Samurai, the thrilling new competition series and first-ever obstacle course for the mind that will air during the 2018-2019 season. He is also currently in London shooting ITV’s Wild Bill, in which he will play high-flying US cop, Bill Hixon, who is appointed Chief Constable of the East Lincolnshire Police Force in the six-part series.

Lowe has been married to designer, Sheryl Lowe, since 1991. They have two sons, Matthew and Johnowen, who attend Loyola Law School and Stanford University, respectively.



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Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit

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FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS to Venture Off the Hill This Spring


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Audiences will love the wildly entertaining show based on the children’s book playing April 5 through May 19

CINCINNATI – From shopping to baking to jumping on the bed, these five little monkey siblings are getting into some trouble! This spring, Playhouse presents its final Off the Hill touring show with Ernie Nolan’s adaptation of Eileen Chistelow’s children’s book series, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS. Brought to life through the Bruce E. Doyle Acting Intern company, this zany production will travel to community centers throughout the Greater Cincinnati area from April 5 through May 19.

When Christelow was taught an old nursery rhyme that her daughter learned in preschool — “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped her head” — she thought that it would create a nice picture book. Twelve years later, after becoming an author and illustrator, she revisited the idea for a new project. With the remarkable success of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Christelow expanded the story into a best-selling children’s book series where the treasured monkey siblings get into all kinds of mischief.

Audiences will love tagging along for the wild adventures of this adorable monkey family, including the stories: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, and Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping.

Nolan’s script integrates plot lines from four of the ten monkey books while also preserving its witty cumulative verse. From baking cakes to sitting in trees, or going shopping and jumping on beds, Nolan gives distinct personality traits to each monkey sibling which only heightens the hilarity of their ongoing mishaps.

Under the direction of Brian Robinson, the Playhouse’s production of FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS brings the storybook to life with a whimsical set by Playhouse Scenic Artist Kenton Brett and a frenetic soundscape by Sound Designer Trey Tatum. Audiences will love the technical magic of an exploding birthday cake and snapping jaws of a crocodile. Brett designed the oven with a trick door that allows a cake to go in, and then with a simple flick, the stove bursts open to reveal an exploded cake inside.

“Thematically, FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS celebrates the innocence and discovery in the wonders of childhood,” explains Playhouse Director of Education and Community Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen. “The monkeys have a curiosity and an excitement for learning. While it gets the monkeys into trouble, there is an earnestness and beauty to their childlike spirit.”

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS is recommended for children ages 3 and up and runs approximately 50 to 60 minutes. The Playhouse’s production will journey all over greater Cincinnati, from Oxford to Cheviot to Union to Covington and many places in between.

Click here for ticket information and Off the Hill locations.

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS is the last production in the 2018 – 2019 Off the Hill series. Support of Off the Hill touring plays is provided The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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AHS Film Department Showcases Student Talent with 2 MARS

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The cast of Anderson Film’s 2 MARS includes Junior Oliver Baumgartner, Junior Riley Orth, Junior Jack Chandler, Senior Adam Radcliffe, Senior Hailey Mauk, Junior Caitlin Walsh, Senior Corinne Baumann, and Senior Claudia Wright.

On April 5 and 6 at 7 pm, Anderson High School will premier a feature-length film that has been written, performed, filmed, and scored by students in the Film and Music Departments. Each showing will also feature the AHS Symphony Orchestra playing the film score live.

Chad Weddle, Film Teacher and the Director of the project, says “this level of film collaboration among students is not being done anywhere else in the country. Not even colleges are trying this at this level, so we are very much ahead of the curve.”

Anderson Theatre has seen success in the past with student-written productions (2012’s “Robin Hood: A Monk’s Tale”) and student-composed scores (2014’s “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”), but this marks the fist time they have combined these with student Filmmakers and Musicians as well.

Senior Hailey Mauk wrote the screenplay last summer, with support from Weddle and his staff. Junior Ian Baker has spent this winter composing the musical score, supported by Dr. Eric Knechtges, recently an Associate Professor of music theory and composition at NKU.

“Ian Baker is a highly gifted and motivated student,” says AHS Orchestra Director Felipe Morales-Torres. “It was only natural to let him take the reigns for this project. Giving our students the opportunity to compose and perform for film puts them at the very edge of the evolution of orchestral music.”

“Our belief in creation and collaboration make it possible to push the boundaries of film education at the high school level,” say Weddle. “I am eager to showcase the talent of these students. Anderson township should not miss this event, because this is the future. Audience members can say that they were here when history was being made.”

Tickets for 2 MARS are $10 and can be purchased at the door or through

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents RUMPELSTILTSKIN on the Showtime Stage

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Joey Logan as Rumpelstiltskin. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Remember his name!  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) brings an exciting 45-minute performance of RUMPELSTILTSKIN presented by TCT On Tour (TCT’s touring division) to the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage March 15-17, 2019.

​TCT retells this classic tale of the miller’s daughter, her boastful father, a handsome prince and the ability to spin straw into gold. Discover the magic and wonder of one of the world’s best loved fairytales.

The 4-person cast includes members of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Resident Artist Company:  Joey Logan, Ryan-Chavez Richmond, Brandi Langford-Sherrill and Maddie Vaughn.  The production was directed by Deondra Kamau Means.  Thematic Connections include:  Literary Classic, Reading, Folktales, Fairytales, Self-Esteem, Friendship, Kindness, Strength of Character, and Bullying. 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN is most enjoyed by those in grades PreK-5 and will be presented on the Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227.  Only 152 seats are available for each performance.  A question-and-answer session follows every show.

Performances will be held:

  • Friday, March 15 at 11 AM – great for HomeSchoolers!
  • Saturday, March 16 at 11 AM and 2 PM
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2 PM

Tickets are $13 each (plus service fees) and are available exclusively through or by calling 800-745-3000.  Tickets available now.

Don’t miss The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s brand-new Podcast, Audio Footlights. Hosted by Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, listeners will get to know the actor playing Rumpelstiltskin, Joey Logan. This podcast is designed to look at the shows we produce, and to ignite, impact and inspire all of our young listeners to have a lifelong love of theatre. Flex your imagination and join us!  This free TCT Podcast runs about 8 minutes, and is currently available on iTunes as well as Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, TuneIn and Spotify!

Here’s a link to SoundCloud:

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s TCT On Tour production of RUMPELSTILTSKIN is made possible by Macy’s, PNC and Mercy Health Foundation.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by the Ohio Arts Council and the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


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