Monday Matinee 04.21.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

Mike King, Mike Dennis, and Robert Allen / Photo by Mikki Schaffner
Mike King, Mike Dennis, and Robert Allen / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

What a great couple of shows I was able to catch last week.  OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY at New Edgecliff Theatre (performing in the black box space at the Aronoff Center) is not to be missed!  Truly a couple of great performances and a captivating script make for a wonderful night of theatre.  Check it out.

Also, THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY is fantastic.  The KNOW has been on a roll lately with PLUTO and now this masterpiece of their off-kilter brand of theatre.  Look for my full review coming soon.  In the meantime, read this interview with Andrew Hungerford, the incoming Artistic Director of the KNOW, and get a taste of what’s to come from this great theatre company.

Both are recommended by the League of Cincinnati Theatres, too.

This Wednesday, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present REVEL AND FEAST.  From their web site: “A celebration marking Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 20th anniversary season and their completion of Shakespeare’s 38 play Canon, the evening will include the special announcement of Project 38, CSC’s newest innovative arts education experience.  Dress is festive attire!” Doors open at 6:45 with a performance and awards ceremony at 7:15 and then dinner and drinks served at 8PM.  I plan to be there for the performance and awards ceremony.  Tickets are $150 or $100 for subscribers.

Thursday evening, I will be in attendance for the opening night performance of VENUS IN FUR at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  The New York Time calls it “Seriously smart and very funny.”  Here’s a description:

Broadway’s hottest date night comes to the Playhouse. At the end of a long day of auditions, a playwright is convinced he’ll never find the right actress to play the heroine in his adaptation of a scandalous 19th century erotic novel. Enter Vanda, determined to prove she possesses the perfect blend of beauty, intelligence and sex appeal for the role. As the two act out the play, reality and fiction begin to blur in an electrifying cat-and-mouse game of love, seduction and power.

You can get tickets for this 95 minute, one act play here.

Otherwise, there’s not a lot of new shows opening this week.  THE COLOR PURPLE presented by the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company runs Friday and Saturday in the Jackson-Kaplan Theatre at the Arnonoff Center.  Tickets are likely sold out for these performances, but you can try by clicking here.  You can see a video interview with two of the cast members from WLWT here.  Don’t be confused, though, because there will be another production of this same show starring R&B singer Angie Stone and Grammy Award winner Ann Nesby at the Taft Theatre on May 10th.

Continuing on this weekend is the above mentioned not-to-be-missed OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, TWENTIETH CENTURY WAY at the Know, NKU’s SPAMALOT (which received a 4.5 star rating from LCT) , HARVEY at the Carnegie, and GYPSY at the Covedale.  Looking ahead, I’m hearing good things about THE NORTH POOL at the Playhouse and BAT BOY at Falcon Theatre.  Also, a brand new theater company, Diogness Theatre, will debut their first show BiBi next week.  I’ll more coverage of all of these very soon.  Also, the Fringe Festival is coming and this is truly one of Cincinnati’s best theatre events.  We’ll be looking to profile as many of the Fringe shows as we can so if you’re producing a Fringe piece, I’d love to talk to you about it.  Email me at kirksheppard@gmail.com and we’ll feature you on the blog.

So, with all these great shows happening, what are YOU doing to support local Cincinnati theatre?

 

 

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