Monday Matinee 09.22.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

Company of HANDS ON A HARDBODY / Photos by Ryan Kurtz
Company of HANDS ON A HARDBODY / Photos by Ryan Kurtz

What a great thing it is to be a theatre-lover in the city of Cincinnati!  I went back to see HANDS ON A HARDBODY yesterday before it closed . . .and was blown away by the power of the show.  The cast really did improve over their run – and they were pretty darn good to begin with! I caught things I didn’t catch the first time and felt so much emotion watching these realistic portrayals.  So many thoughts were going through my head, but one of the most prevalent was I sure hope we don’t have to wait forever to see Sara Mackie back on a local stage again.

1This week is exciting, with two big openings that I’m excited about. First up, DIRTY DANCING opens Tuesday at the Aronoff Center or the Arts in downtown Cincinnati.  This is the first show of this season’s Broadway Across America series and I’m excited to see this classic film take life on the stage.  I have already been humming “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” in anticipation of the show. You can get tickets by clicking here.  I’ll be there on Tuesday night!


On Thursday night, New Edgecliff Theatre will open their edgy comedy, THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED. This stellar cast (Erin Ward, Jared Earland, Nik Pajic, and Kemper Florin) are gonna generate some terrific laughs as they bring the story of a budding film star, his agent, his rent boy, and the rent boy’s girlfriend to the stage.  The show is for mature audiences only, as it obviously contains adult material.  It will be performed in the Hoefner Lodge in Northside, NET’s temporary space before they move into their new home, St. Patrick Church on Blue Rock Road.  Tickets for this show are on sale; they’ll have a Pay What You Can Preview on Wednesday night.  All the details can be found here and at their FaceBook page.  I’ll be there Thursday.

Also this week, NKU will open THE BACCHAE.  If you’re a fan of mythology, this is the show for you.  Don’t forget that still running is FENCES at Wright State University, REEFER MADNESS by Showbiz PlayersSHERLOCK HOLMES at the Playhouse in the Park, THE GREAT GATSBY at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, THE RIVERSIDE at the Clifton Performance Theatre, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Covedale.  If you can’t find a show to see this week, you’re not looking very hard!

On my radar in the near future (among many others) is MACBETH and BLOOD BROTHERS (both at UC-CCM), MOBY DICK at Know Theater, THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Falcon Theatre, and GODSPELL at Xavier University.  I can’t believe how much great stuff we get to see this fall . . . its really amazing how much stage art there is in the Queen City.

So . . . what are you doing to support local theatre this week?


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