Monday Matinee 09.29.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

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Erin Ward, Jared Earland, Nik Pajic, and Kemper Florin / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

Last week was great! I got to see both DIRTY DANCING at the Aronoff (read my interview with company member Joshua Keith here!) and THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED from New Edgecliff Theatre. I really like the that NET has moved to Northside; it’s an up and coming neighborhood and I’m thrilled that we’re adding a professional theatre to the community.  The show is good, folks; please go see it!  It’s a cool space, a funny script, and features some of the most talented young actors in town.  Get tickets for this Douglas Carter Beane penned play here.

0819fda724507b18fb47dc96This week is just as exciting and heavy on estrogen!  The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will open their Thompson Shelterhouse season with I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI. This one woman show features the actress telling stories of previous relationships and good food, all while making a three course meal on stage that she will serve to some very lucky audience members.

As Artistic Director Blake Robison said in his podcast interview about the season, the actress Antoinette LaVecchia has played the role before and the Playhouse is excited to have her on their stage.

If you want to sample the Italian fare cooked up during the show, you need to reserve tickets.  From the Playhouse’s web site:  “A very limited number of people who see I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti each night will enjoy a three-course spaghetti dinner made as part of the show! Dinner includes antipasto, salad, wine and made-from-scratch spaghetti. Dinners are priced at $35 each with a Center Section show ticket.* Call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 to check availability and purchase dinner seating.”  Tickets for the show can be found here.  I’ll be there Thursday for Opening Night.

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Laura McCarthy is Macbeth in this gender-nuetral casted production at UC-CCM.

Also opening this week is UC-CCM Drama’s MACBETH.  The Shakespearean epic (probably my favorite) will feature some creative casting as the lead will be played by actress Laura McCarthy.  Here’s a great feature article about the show and her preparation here.

For those of you who have never seen it, Macbeth is the story of a Scottish general who is given a prophesy by a trio of witches that he will become king; he and his Lady Macbeth will stop at nothing to fulfill his destiny.  This is the first time that Macbeth will appear on the CCM stage.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what director Brant Russell has done with this classic tale.

The show opens on Thursday (with a preview performance on Wednesday night) and runs through Sunday.  Tickets are available here.  I’m seeing it on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking of college productions, Miami University will open EMOTIONAL CREATURES.  From their website:  “Through a series of stories, songs, and monologues, the production celebrates the diversity and commonality both personal and political, of the issues girls and women face across varying cultures and continents.”  If this seems like you’re kind of show, you can get tickets and more information here.  It runs October 1st – 5th.

Love Loss_0Also up north, Mad Anthony’s LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE opens on Thursday.  Co-directed by Burt McCollom and R. Chris Lee, this Nora and Delia Ephron work is a collection of stories focused around clothing and how it impacts women’s lives.  Here’s the cast:  Sara Carruthers, Trisha Cooper, Judy Jarvis, Julie Poux, and Traci Taylor.  Because their theatre is under construction, the show will take place in the Fitton Center for the Arts ballroom.  More information about the show is available here.

As always, there is  more theatre in the area than anyone could possibly see.  For a more complete list, take a look at Rob Bucher’s BEHIND THE CURTAIN CINCINNATI and get out and see some shows!  I’d recommend THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, or THE GREAT GATSBY as some of my favorites.

Looking forward, I’m pumped about UC-CCM’s BLOOD BROTHERS and Know Theatre’s MOBY DICK next week, which should balance out some of the femininity in this week’s openings.  So much great theatre to see, so little time!  I’ll see you at the theatre.

 

 

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