Monday Matinee 10.06.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

Antoinette LaVecchia in I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. Photo by Sandy Underwood.
Antoinette LaVecchia in I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

I had a blast last week at New Edgecliff’s THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED (my second time seeing it!), I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI at the Playhouse in the Park, and CCM Drama’s MACBETH.

Also, Friday night I attended the FALCON FLIP, which is Falcon Theatre’s now annual season kickoff event.  We were treated entertainment by cast members from upcoming Falcon shows STRIKING 12 and ASSASSINS, as well as improv from The Middle Child Improv Troupe.  Plus, we had food from great Newport neighbors like Bar Louie (the had a tater tot bar!), Newport Pizza, and more.  Finally, the big news announced was that in the next few days Falcon Theatre should be the proud owners of their space.  They’ve rented it for several years but are now moving forward with purchasing the space, which will allow them to make some much needed changes to the seating area and they can change the name of the building from Monmouth Theatre to Falcon Theatre officially.  Very exciting for this cool little company in Northern Kentucky.

Sherry McCamley hosts a Songbook Sing Along tonight at Below Zero Lounge
Sherry McCamley hosts a Songbook Sing Along tonight at Below Zero Lounge

This week is going to be another amazing week of openings.  First, though, tonight Below Zero Lounge will host a Karoake night with the wonderful Sherry McCamley.  More information can be found at the Facebook event page.  This is the first of a monthly event, it appears.  Head out for a fun Monday night with one of Cincinnati’s most loved piano-ladies.

10653469_10154560580050253_4317807241763813356_nOn Thursday night, CCM will present its first show of the season in the Cohen Family Studio as they bring the London-classic BLOOD BROTHERS to the stage.  Here’s a great feature article from CCM about the show.  I am very excited to see what director Vince DeGeorge has up his sleeve with this talented cast, especially Tyler Huckstep, Brianna Barnes, Thomas Knapp, and Kaela O’Connor who have all delighted me in the past on stages elsewhere and at UC.  The show only runs this weekend; tickets are free but may be hard to acquire.  Your best bet is to line up today for the box office opening at noon to get your two complimentary seats. You can also call the box office at (513) 556-4183, but that’s been difficult in shows past.  You may have more luck waiting on standby at one of the 4 performances as seats do tend to open up at the last minute.  I’ll be there on Thursday night.

Justin-McCombs-headshotOn Friday night, you have two choices.  MOBY DICK at Know Theatre of Cincinnati begins its month long run featuring Rico Reid and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s resident artist Justin McCombs.  Also in the cast are local favorites Jon Kovach, Chance Kilgour, and Chris Wesselman, among others.  The show is co-directed by Andrew Hungerford and Michael Burnham.  Know Theatre has a blog post up listing 10 reasons why you need to see this show here. The show opens Friday and runs thoruhg Novemver 8th  I’ll be there for Opening Night!  Tickets and more info can be found here.

cp_sarge-and-monkeys-pawAlso opening on Friday is a special engagement at Clifton Performance Theatre of two of Kevin Crowley’s most acclaimed short plays.  If you didn’t see SARGE at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, then you MUST see Christine Dye embody the persona of “Dot,” a character based on the wife of disgraced Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky.  I can truly say that I’ve not seen a more emotional, raw performance on stage by an actress anywhere else. Ever.  It’s that good.  This one act production is accompanied by another, called THE MONKEY’S PAW and will feature Dylan Shelton and Carol Brammer as a married couple who’s son is missing.  “Tish can’t leave home until he returns and Mike can’t ever get the house clean enough.” This “hilarious and surreal” play has been produced in London and NY and will run along with SARGE for just two weekends.  Don’t miss your chance to see them both.  Ticket information can be found here and the FaceBook event is here.  I’m still working out when I can get there, but I intend to take a friend to show off just how good Ms. Dye is.

So, there ya have it; more really great stuff to watch on stages around the Tri-State.  Plus you can still catch THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED and I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI this week.  As always for a comprehensive listing of all the theatre in town (and there’s a ton) go to Rob Bucher’s BEHIND THE CURTAIN CINCINNATI.

So, with all these great options… what are you doing to support local theatre?  I’ll see ya at the show!

PS Come back next Monday for a run down on a huge week featuring a one-man mythological marvel, a creepy ghost story, a terrifying Hitchock adaption, and a little something from the Gospel of Matthew.  It just keeps getting better and better to be a theatre lover in Cincinnati!



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