Monday Matinee 02.03.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

I couldn’t have seen two more diverse shows this weekend.  THE IRISH CURSE presented by the Clifton Players is a heartwarming and off-color comedic play while UC-CCM’s LES MISERABLES is an epic dramatic musical.  Both are recommended by the League of Cincinnati Theatres – and good luck getting a ticket for either.  You should definitely try, though!  Waitlist Les Mis if you have to!  I’ll have a review of it up soon.

1017392_10203120624363147_75384676_nThere are a lot of great options coming up this week in town besides these two gems.  Opening Thursday night is ROUNDING THIRD in Hamilton, Ohio at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts.  Kevin Brunck directs this baseball comedy that explores the relationship between two men and their different philosophies of organized sports.  You can read more about it here.  Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 513-863-8873 ext.110.  I’ll be checking out the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday night . . . which happens to be my birthday.  Happy Birthday to me!  I can’t imagine spending it anywhere else but the theatre.  ROUNDING THIRD runs through Sunday afternoon.  Don’t miss it!

Also opening Thursday is CCM Drama’s TRANSMIGRATION.  Here’s a description of this unique theatre festival:

“TRANSMIGRATION, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” is a festival of new works created by the acting students in CCM Drama. Six teams of actors craft and perform five original 30-minute shows. Performed simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village, TRANSMIGRATION will allow the audience to sample four different new works of their choosing in one spectacular evening. ‘Thanks to the drama program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music,” observed CityBeat’s Rick Pender, “theater fans were offered a jolt of onstage vitality.'”

Admission to TRANSMIGRATION is free but reservations are required. Tickets are available starting today at noon at CCM Box Office or by calling 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.  I’ll be there both Friday and Saturday in order to see all this year’s pieces.  Stay tuned later this week for more information on casts and titles for the original works.  Here’s a link to the FaceBook event.

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Opening on Friday night is a “fourth wall” production from Falcon Theatre, THE STORY OF MY LIFE.  Falcon has committed to producing shows outside their regular season as their web site says:

“A Fourth Wall production might feature a new director, an original script or work in progress, a director’s personal project, a staged reading, a benefit for another organization or any number of other types of performances that don’t fit within our main-stage season.  Over the past few years, Fourth Wall productions have become a great addition to our season and we hope you’ll come join us as we continue to ‘break the fourth wall.'”

THE STORY OF MY LIFE features Brandon Fox and Zac Huffman and is directed by Missy Whitis. Here’s a description of the show:

“These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin’s mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns their lives have taken since meeting as children. Alvin searches through the manuscripts and stories in Thomas’ mind to lead him on a journey of remembrance. Through music and song, these two friends recount their adventures, explore their past dissonance, and ultimately discover what is at the base of every strong friendship…love.”  Tickets are on sale now and are available here.  The show runs through March 15th.  Don’t forget that coming up next for Falcon is ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST . . . I’m making my stage acting debut as “Chief Bromden.”  Read the beginning of my journey here.

Torie Wiggins will be one of the featured players in WE WILL RISE: SELECTIONS FROM THE AFGHAN WOMEN'S WRITING PROJECT
Torie Wiggins will be one of the featured players in WE WILL RISE: SELECTIONS FROM THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT

Another intriguing theatrical production opens on Friday night (and runs through Saturday)  is WE WILL RISE: SELECTIONS FROM THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT.  This show will feature Torie Wiggins, Amy Warner, Burgess Byrd, Maya Farhat, Lauren Hayes, and Maliyah Gramata. Performances will be held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way downtown. Tickets are available here. I’ll see you there on Saturday afternoon.

So . . . with all these great options – Les Mis, The Irish Curse, Rounding Third, Transmigration, The Story of My Life, We Will Rise, as well as the continuing ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and I LEFT MY HEART at the Covedale Theatre – what are you going to see this week?  How are YOU going to support local Cincinnati Theatre?

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