The theatre season just keeps cruising on down the tracks with more great stuff this week. I had the good fortune to see both THE HOT MIKADO at Wright State and DRIVING MISS DAISY at The Carnegie, both of which are still running. You should try to see them!
This week, CCM Drama presents SPEECH AND DEBATE, opening on Thursday. The New York Times says, “Stephen Karam’s dark comedy seems to be about a frumpy girl, a nerdy guy and an openly gay guy who band together to disclose the truth about a teacher who preys on his male students. But that topical plot is almost window dressing. The play’s real accomplishment is its picture of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood, where grown-up ideas and ambition coexist with childish will and bravado.”
I can’t wait to see it. The show only runs this weekend; tickets are free but hard to come by. I’ll be there Thursday night.
This production is directed by Jared Doren and features Mindy Heithaus, Carter Bratton, Leah Strasser, and Nathan Noerr and is a dark comedy.
Like most things produced in the basement of 404 Ludlow Avenue, this piece is edgy, funny, and different than probably anything else you’ll see all weekend. Tickets and more information can be found here. I’ll see it on Friday night.
A tip about this place: Don’t get there until 7:30 because there’s no lobby to wait in and you’ll freeze outside before the house is open. Graeter’s is my usual hangout before the show and at least last time they had the best cinnamon ice cream ever.
Anyway, check out this unique space with some of the freshest faces in town.
Also playing this weekend is Cincinnati Music Theatre’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. This Mel Brook’s comedy will run two weekends at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. From their web site: IT’S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his electrifyingly funny film into a brilliant stage creation: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.” Tickets and more information can be found here.
Also this week is a community theatre version of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST at The Drama Workshop, MIRACLE ON 34th STREET at La Comedia, and others. For a complete listing, go to Behind the Curtain Cincinnati.
To recap, I’m seeing SPEECH AND DEBATE on Thursday, ALL NEW PEOPLE on Friday, and I’m going to see Human Race Theatre’s MAME on Sunday afternoon. Then next Monday night, I plan to check out a special production of a play called THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES from a new theatre group called Queen City Queer Theatre Collective. The show is at 7:30 PM and will be produced at Below Zero Lounge in Over the Rhine. Admission is free but a $5 suggested donation will be accepted.
This weekend is the last chance to see MOBY DICK, THE HOT MIKADO, and THE BIRDS by the way. And coming up soon I’m excited about TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY STORY at the Playhouse, ONCE at the Aronoff, and a special production of Jon Kovach’s two pieces THE WAVE and NOTHING at Know Theatre as part of their Fringe Encore series.
So much great theatre . . . what are you doing to support it?