Monday Matinee 04.07.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

The cast of Cuckoo's Nest / Photo by Mikki Schaffner
The cast of Cuckoo’s Nest / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

I had a busy week, catching several shows in addition to being in one!  There’s one more weekend to catch ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST at Falcon Theatre in Newport.  Shows are Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM and we sold out last Saturday . . . so don’t wait to buy your tickets at the door.  Audiences seem to be enjoying themselves.  You can read my thoughts from my first time on stage here.  I sure have appreciated the support of friends and loved ones in the audience.  Thank you all for coming.

I highly recommend you check out A DELICATE SHIP at the Playhouse.  I saw it on Tuesday and was emotionally broken by it.  If you didn’t see THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, shame on you.  You missed a great one.  Friday I caught the final dress rehearsal of the Playhouse in the Park’s touring season closer THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD WHO COULD NOT SING.  It was a fun and ambitious piece of children’s theatre.  And yesterday I saw both OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Human Race Theatre (Jennifer Joplin gave a masterclass on the stage) and AVENUE Q (Patrick Phillips and Maya Farhat are quite a pair) at Xavier University. Look for reviews on both of those coming very soon. There are some great shows the week you should put on your radar.

GypsyLogoGYPSY featuring the irrepressible Sherry McCamley opens at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday.  Look for an interview with Sherry tomorrow.  This full-scale musical is directed by Ed Cohen and Dee Ann Bryll (PARADE, CHICAGO) and musically directed by Steve Goers (most recently doing CCM’s LES MISERABLES and CARRIE) and I have high hopes for the show.  Also, CCM students Brianna Barnes, Taylor Alexander, and Nick Pellaccio are all featured in addition to John Langley and others.  Get your tickets early as this one is likely to sell very well.


poster_harvey11x16Also this weekend is The Carnegie’s latest, HARVEY.  Directed by Buz Davis, this classic American comedy will feature local favorites like Nathan Noerr, Michael Bath, Regina Pugh, Carter Bratton, Leah Strasser, and others.  Davis returns to the Carnegie after an extended absence.  From what I’ve gathered about the early days of the Carnegie, the space is much improved since Davis was there and I look forward to seeing what he can do with this crowd pleasing play.  The show opens on Friday and runs through April 27th.  Tickets are available here.  I’ll see it on Sunday afternoon.


Tuesday night at the Aronoff Center, Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative will feature  a trio of one-act plays:  Nose – A nose runs from a sewers engineer, is caught, but won’t let itself be reattached; Just a Housewife from Minnesota  – He craves fame; she doesn’t – and for good reason; and Politics Demands Too Much –  A reporter learns the vicious past about a candidate for governor.  These plays are all written by Roger Brookfield and are directed by Arnie Shayne and more information and $8 tickets for this event can be found here.  Also don’t forget AMERICAN IDIOT at the Aronoff this weekend as a season extra for the Broadway Across America series.  Click here for tickets.

I have heard great things about the KNOW’s THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY (I’ll finally see it on April 19th), Cincinnati Shakespeare’s HENRY IV & V,  and WILLY WONKA, JR. at the Childrens Theatre of Cincinnati (seeing it next Saturday afternoon).  As always, be sure to utilize Rob Bucher’s super-informative site BEHIND THE CURTAIN CINCINNATI to keep up to date on all the great shows coming our way.  Oh!  And don’t forget the FRINGE FESTIVAL is coming soon . . . the announcement party is at the KNOW on April 16th.  Here’s a link to the FaceBook event.

So much great theatre going on right now.  What are you going to do to support our local theatre community?  If you need suggestions, let me know!


Thanks for Reading.

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