Monday Matinee 05.05.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

Well, last week I took in seven different shows.  Yes, seven.  You can read my thoughts on many of them, including “Bibi,“Peter Pan,“Gypsy,” the Playhouse intern company’s showcase, and “Phantom of the Opera” by clicking on the links. I’ll have a review of “The 39 Steps” later this week.

This week isn’t quite as busy – thank heavens – but I am seeing three fantastic shows with a couple other options for you, as well.

HomePageSizeMatter NP1On Wednesday, I’ll see SIZE MATTERS.  This one man show features Raymond McAnally, seen in last years Miss Mannerly, as he presents a show all about his struggles as a large man in a small world.  The show is co-directed by D. Lynn Meyers and Ed Stern and should be hilarious and heartfelt.  By the way, Ensemble finally announced next year’s season and its a doozy. I’m especially excited about HANDS ON A HARDBODY!  SIZE MATTERS opens on 5/7 and runs through 5/25.  Tickets and more information are available here.

e8d222bfca92f6561c7214c5Then on Thursday I’ll see the final show in the Playhouse’s 2013-2014 season, THE NORTH POOL.  Here’s a synopsis, from CincyPlay.com: “Khadim, a Middle Eastern-born transfer student, has no idea why he’s been called into the office of his high school’s vice principal in the final hours before the start of spring break. But an investigation of a minor school infraction soon leads to questions of a decidedly more dangerous nature. As secret after secret is exposed, the suspenseful revelations in this riveting psychological drama threaten to change both men forever.”  Variety says its “engrossing” and I simply can’t wait to see it.  Tickets and more info are available here.  The show runs through June 1st.

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Joshua Steele
Joshua Steele as PETER PAN

Saturday afternoon, I’m checking out my first Cincinnati Music Theatre show, PETER PAN.  Starring The Carnegie’s Josh Steele as Peter Pan and Wayne Wright as Captain Hook, this show looks like it should be fantastic.  I’m excited to see them fly!

Tickets for this production in the Jarson-Kaplan Theatre of the Aronoff Center.  Tickets and more information is available here.

In other news: On Wednesday night, you can support New Edgecliff Theatre at a special Beer Tasting event at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over the Rhine.  Tickets are $35.  Here’s a link to the FaceBook event and also a link to where you can pick up tickets.  Also, The Clifton Players are reprising their hit show, THE IRISH CURSE, starting Friday, May 9th and running through May 17th.  If you missed this last time, make sure to check it out.  It’s hilarious and one of the best acted shows you’ll see all year.

Don’t forget to check out VENUS IN FUR at the Playhouse and TWO NOBLE KINSMEN at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. For a complete listing of what’s going on in the area, check out Rob Bucher’s BEHIND THE CURTAIN CINCINNATI.

So, what are you going to do to support local Cincinnati theatre this week?

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