Monday Matinee 11.24.14 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

eee46729ad670c6fd4194a56This is a very exciting week for me as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park opens one of my favorite shows, A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring the delightful Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrooge.  I’m taking a friend who’s never seen it to opening night (Black Friday) and I cannot wait for him to experience one of the most uplifting, exciting annual theatrical productions our city produces.

Obviously we all know the Dickens’ tale; the way the Playhouse puts it on stage is mesmerizing.  Tickets sell fast for this holiday classic so I’d recommend you get them now.  Click here for more information. There are several preview performances before official opening. I’ll be there Friday.
10710674_10152896807030972_7014590449247318025_nAlso opening this weekend is Know Theatre’s BUREAU OF MISSING PERSONS.  Here’s a description: “A piece of chalk. A blue scarf. A pocketful of leaves. These clues lead Angela on a quest from her NYC apartment to a cave in Moscow to search for someone who is missing. Inspired by the stories of Borges, Bureau of Missing Persons is a magical tale that explores how we heal.”  The show features Kate Glasheen, Rico Reid, Sam Ray, Adrienne Underhill, and Burgess Byrd.  This sounds exactly like the type of show I expect from Know, especially under Hungerford’s artistic direction, and this particular production is being directed by the Associate Artistic Director, Tamara Winters.  It opens on Saturday night; I’ll see it Sunday afternoon.  Tickets and more info can be found here.
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ALL NEW PEOPLE plays at the Clifton Performance Theatre through November 30th

These are two great options for this weekend but don’t forget about the amazing ALL NEW PEOPLE.  Three more chances to see this hilarious dark comedy from director Jared D. Doren and playwright Zach Braff (of TV’s SCRUBS).  Tickets and more info can be found here.

Last week I caught both TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, which are two other great options for your holiday weekend.  Forget the shopping – go see some shows!
Coming next week are several other things I’m very excited about:  ELF at the Aronoff Center opening 12/2, SLEEPING BEAUTY at Ensemble Theatre opening 12/3, and the Covedale’s FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS and BLACK FLY SPRING at Xavier University opening on 12/4 and THE EIGHT REINDEER MONOLOGUES at Falcon Theatre opening 12/5 (this one is DEFINITELY not for kids).  I’ll have a jam packed weekend for certain.  We’ll preview these (and more!) in depth next Monday so stay tuned.
Meanwhile… enjoy your Thanksgiving.  I’m super grateful for many things, the least of which is not my good fortune to see so much great theatre and interact and connect with so many great people as a result of it.  I’m also grateful for some big changes coming in January with this site and our identity . . . and with that teaser, I’ll see you at the theatre!
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