I love theatre but I’m grateful that this week wraps up the 2014 portion of the season. There has been so many shows this year – most of them very good – and I need a little break. However, this week there’s still plenty opening so let’s get to it!
Tonight is a very special one-night Christmas event at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. EXPECTATIONS OF CHRISTMAS is a charity event for Tender Mercies. From ETC’s web site: “Did you know that the most popular of all Christmas treats, the candy cane, originated from the staff carried by St. Nicholas? That poinsettias are native to Mexico and became popular at Christmas because of their red and green color? These and other facts, stories, and songs of the season are shared during Expectations of Christmas, a special one-night only show that features some of Ensemble Theatre’s most recognizable actors. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit our Over-the-Rhine neighbor Tender Mercies, which provides permanent and transitional housing for the homeless with histories of chronic mental illness. Click here to purchase tickets to Expectations of Christmas on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm.”
On Wednesday night, I’ll be Opening Night of EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD AND THEN SOME. This mashup of the best tales of the holidays is uproarious and I’m very fortunate to be seeing it.
Billy Chace, Miranda McGee, Justin McCombs, and Sara Clark are all back for another year to re-tell Frosty, Rudloph, Charlie Brown, the Grinch, and of course, A Christmas Carol in a way you’ve never seen before.
If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, I highly recommend you check it out. Several performances are already sold out, though, so get your tickets now by clicking here. The show runs through December 28th.
For the third year in a row, I will miss THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS starring Annie Kalahurka. I’d love to see it but I’ll be out of town celebrating the holidays with my family. You can see it, however, at Thomas Moore College produced this year by Kalahurka herself. Read this article from my friend David Lyman about the show. Tickets are available here.
Finally, Falcon Theatre will present the “nice” part of their complimentary shows with STRIKING 12 opening on Friday. I’ll be at the media preview on Thursday. This remounted show is actually more of a New Year’s show than a Christmas one; I’m excited to see what director Ted Weil has done with it this year to improve it from last. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Of course there are a ton of other options still out there:
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Playhouse in the Park
- TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY STORY also at Playhouse in the Park (and just extended again through January 11th)
- FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS at the Covedale
- BUREAU OF MISSING PERSONS at Know Theatre
- SLEEPING BEAUTY at Ensemble Theatre
- THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at College Hill Town Hall
- THE NAUGHTY LIST at Arnold’s (from OTRimprov)
- SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS at NKU
- AWAITED at Crossroads Community Church
I strongly recommend FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS at the Covedale and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, in addition to EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (its been great for years). But if you really want to see something different and inspiring, go check out AWAITED at Crossroads Community Church. It’s a great example of what people can do with mostly volunteer resources.
As always, go to Rob Bucher’s BEHIND THE CURTAIN CINCINNATI for full info on all the area’s shows.
I’m going to take next Monday off from this column, but will tweet and keep you up to date with any breaking news that you need to know about Cincinnati theatre. I’ll see you at Cincy Shakes on Wednesday and maybe ETC tonight! Get out and see some theatre before the end of the year!