Happy Monday, theatre lovers! Last week was chockfull of great options and this week is just as busy with openings. I saw five shows last week; my pick of the bunch would have to be Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s THE GREAT GATSBY with Ensemble Theatre Company’s HANDS ON A HARDBODY coming in a close second. I also recommend Human Race Theatre’s MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET (watch for my review coming soon). All three continue their runs this week so get your tickets now before they sell out.
This week’s offerings start TONIGHT with the last of Know Theatre’s Monday night theatre party, SERIALS! This was quite a concept and I think its safe to say it was artistically successful. I hope they made some money, too. I’m especially interested to see how FETUS AND THE GOD ends its arc, and I’m confident that both SATURDAY THE 14TH and FUNERAL will be satisfying. I’m hopeful about the rest. Tickets are available for tonight’s finale episode here. I’ll see you there.
Tuesday night Cincinnati Playwrights Iniative will present its first fully staged work this season. Bridget Ossmann’s new play, PURPLE PAINT, will be performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts 5/3 Theatre.
This show tells the story of a A Depression-era Appalachian family and their struggles to survive and maintain dignity. I managed to sneak a peek at the cast list and one of my favorite discoveries from last season (Bekka Eaton) is in the show as well as her husband, Michael Reardon, and old friend of mine (Meggorie Haven) and CCM drama student Alex Escher among others. Tickets are only $8; more information is available here. I hope to be there.
Opening on Thursday night is the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. This is a classic play, with a solid cast and I’m excited to see what director Greg Procaccino does with it in that cavernous space. The cast includes: Maggie Lou Rader (Stella), Clifford Nunley (Stanley), Kim Long (Blanche), Mike Hall (Mitch), Katey Blood (Eunice), Jeff Miller (Steve), Burgess Byrd (Negro Woman), Bob Allen (Doctor), Daniel Lees (Young Collector), Justin Thompson (Pablo), Marian Weage (Flower Lady) and Julie Pergrem (The Nurse). Tickets and more information can be found here. I’ll see it on Sunday.
Also opening on Thursday is the first show of the season for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB. Here’s a description: “Sherlock Holmes has never shied away from danger, but his latest adventure may be his most treacherous ever! The members of London’s Suicide Club play a harrowing game of Russian roulette to determine their role as victim or executioner. When the brilliant sleuth finds himself entangled in their secretive web, his own life hangs in the balance … and it’s not clear whether he wants to be saved. The game’s afoot for the world’s favorite detective in this electrifying new whodunit.” The show has been in previews since Saturday but officially opens on Thursday night; I’ll see you there. Tickets are available here.
Finally, in one of my most anticipated shows of the fall, Clifton Players will open THE RIVERSIDE on Thursday night. Featuring a large cast (13, I think!) in the most intimate space in town, this play written by Kevin Crowley features a local story about a bar in Mt. Adams during the Pete Rose scandal. I will see it on Friday and I can’t wait to see this new work and how they stage it. They do some really creative work at the Clifton Performance Theatre and the cast is full of some of my favorites. More information including ticket info can be found here. I’ll see it on Friday night.
As always, for a comprehensive listing of all the theatre in town (including community theatres) check out Rob Bucher’s Behind the Curtain Cincinnati. With all these great theatre offerings (I count 8 in this week’s update alone!), what are you going to do to support local theatre?
PS Looking forward, I’m very excited about New Edgecliff’s THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED opening yet this month as well as the Broadway Across America production of DIRTY DANCING. So many great shows coming up . . . stay tuned for all the details!