This is another exciting week in the Cincinnati Theatre community as several major shows open. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, which just closed HAMLET yesterday, will begin their production of ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERSTERN ARE DEAD on Friday night. Because they are utilizing the same cast, characters, costumes, and set, the turn around time between shows is unprecedented.
Here’s a description of what we will see from this contemporary comedy:
Tom Stoppard’s comedic tour-de-force “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” turns “Hamlet” on its head, telling the tale from the bewildered perspective of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s tragedy. As the befuddled duo struggle to keep up with the events around them, they become increasingly aware of the possibility that they might just be fictional characters. The entire cast of Cincinnati Shakespeare’s recent critically acclaimed production of “Hamlet” returns for this delightfully erudite vaudeville production.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERSTERN ARE DEAD runs 2/14 – 3/9. Tickets are selling fast and are available here. Also, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has begun selling “blind” season subscriptions (they won’t announce the lineup until 2/26). You can purchase your flexible season subscription here.
Also opening this week is the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 4,000 MILES in the Shelterhouse Theatre. Here’s what CincyPlay.com says about it:
Named “the best play of the season” by Time Magazine, 4000 Miles is a heartwarming exploration of growing up, growing old and discovering the moments in-between. It’s the middle of the night when 21-year-old Leo shows up dazed and disheveled at his feisty 91-year-old grandmother’s Greenwich Village apartment. While his arrival marks the end of a life-changing cross-country bike trip, Leo’s journey is far from over. These unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder and ultimately connect as they find their way in the world.
This play is in previews currently and officially opens on Thursday 2/13. It will run through 3/9. Tickets are available here.
If you’re looking for something for that little girl in the family, then consider the Children’s Theatre production of PINKALICIOUS: The Musical opening on 2/14. Here’s what thechildrenstheatre.com says:
“Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.”
This is a very popular brand right now and tickets are selling fast so if you have a young person who loves pink, get your tickets now.
More mature themes will abound in local collegiate productions this week. FROM WHITE PLAINS opens on Friday night at Xavier University. I’m excited to see how this brand new theatre major is coming along; if the collaboration with Cincinnati Shakespeare on THE CRUCIBLE is any indication, then we are all in for a treat. Here’s what the show is about:
“After a shocking announcement on international television, 30-year-old Ethan Rice finds himself finally having to confront who he was and what he did as a teenager. From White Plains follows four men, straight and gay, as they attempt to take responsibility for past actions and move beyond them, aided and frustrated by social media and viral videos. The play examines how male relationships change as boys grow into men and asks who speaks for a victim of bullying when he is no longer here to speak for himself.” Tickets are on sale now.
Finally, the very ambitious Zack Steele is directing yet another DLab production at Wright State University this weekend. FUGITIVE SONGS invites you to go on the journey with six individuals who are all desperately trying to escape some aspect of their lives; whether it be a dead-end job, an inescapable relationship, or even simply the fear of being stuck. Each of them decide to make a drastic change in their lives, and you get to see what unfolds!
Blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel, FUGITIVE SONGS offers a new sound for a restless America. We guarantee that you will not only enjoy the story, but will leave humming a few tunes as well. Here’s the cast and band:
The Cast: Gavin – Zack Steele, Matt – Keaton Eckoff , Joe – Law Terrell Dunford. Annie – Emma Jordan, Tracy – Jasmine Easler, Rachel – Melissa Hall
The Band: Piano – Ed Wooten, Acoustic Guitar – Mark Beyer, Electric Bass – Cody Lewis, Mandolin – Keaton Eckhoff, Drums/Percussion – Nelson Overton II, Violin – Cameron Blankenship, Electric Cello – Melissa Hall
The show will be performed on Friday at 11:30 PM and Saturday at 6:00 PM. Tickets are free and I can tell you that these DLab student produced shows have been some of my favorite theatre events over the last several years. Here’s a link to the FaceBook event for more information.
Don’t miss the other amazing shows that are still happening around town. SEMINAR at the Falcon closes on Saturday night, CLYBOURNE PARK runs through next Sunday 2/16 at the Playhouse, and both KNOW Theatre’s PLUTO and Ensembles’ TRIBES continue through this weekend with closing dates of 2/22. Also, Dayton’s Human Race Theatre will produce TORCH SONG TRILOGY through Sunday as well (don’t miss the feature on Jon Hacker, “Alan”) we published last week.
So . . . with all that is happening in our vibrant theatre community in Cincinnati what are YOU going to do to support it this week?