Monday Matinee 1.25.15 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

Cathy Springfield, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, and Sherry McCamley
Cathy Springfield, Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, and Sherry McCamley

What a great weekend!  From RING OF FIRE to CCM’S A MOVEABLE FEAST to THEORY OF MIND and THE HANDMAID’S TALE, I got to see some incredible productions.  (Look for a review of THEORY OF MIND coming soon plus a feature on A MOVEABLE FEAST, as well.)

Also, the wonderful Cathy Springfield and Sherry McCamley played to packed crowds all weekend, spurring tons of discussion and opening more doors for these Two Feisty Broads to present SHE’S CRAZY (MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER MYTHS) to new audiences.  Stay tuned for more info on where you can see it.

Just want to put this on your radar now so you don’t miss it: local favorite Torie Wiggins is performing a one-woman show called TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Arena opening on February 4th.  The production company behind last year’s BIBI (Diogenes Theatre Company) are producing this one.  I’m excited to see it; we’ll have more info about it next week.

1415309805-Other_Place_ticketsI’m thrilled about Ensemble Theatre’s THE OTHER PLACE opening this Wednesday.  Listen to this cast:  Regina Pugh, Billy Chace, Michael Bath, and Kelly Mengelkoch.  I don’t even care what its about; I’m there.  But the plot of this regional premiere does sound intriguing!  “Juliana Smithton, an accomplished scientist and pharmaceuticals pitch-woman, is a dominating personality who’s always in command, but recently her life has become unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man, and her own health hangs in jeopardy. However, in this brilliantly troubling and unexpectedly humorous play, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.”  I’ll be there for opening night!  Tickets and more information can be found here.

1545028_1540764786203412_1949762240132373526_nThis Thursday, Wright State University opens their latest production, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  This Jane Austen classic has been adapted well for the stage as evidenced by the Playhouse in the Park’s production last year.  I don’t know if this is the same script but they’d do well to keep things moving as briskly as PiP.  I was pleasantly surprised by the play when I saw it, so even if you don’t think its your cup of tea – go find out.  Supporting quality university theatre is important.  Here’s a link to ticketing information.  The show runs through February 8th.

serials2Finally, next Monday is the return of Know Theatre’s original concept SERIALS 2: THUNDERDOME.  This new incarnation features a competitive aspect but will still feature installments of new works each time.  I have my tickets and will be at all of them!  We’ll have more information about this next week.  Tickets and more information can be found here.

Don’t forget about all the other great productions that are running right now including FAMILY SHOTS at The Human Race Theatre Company in downtown Dayton, GREATER TUNA at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, WAITING FOR GODOT at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and THE FANTASTICKS at the Dayton Playhouse.  I highly recommend THEORY OF MIND, too, as it tours in the Playhouse’s “Off the Hill” series.  And I loved RING OF FIRE and THE HANDMAID’S TALE, too.  You can find out what’s playing near you in all the theatres in town by going to Rob Bucher’s Behind the Curtin Cincinnati.com.

There’s just really no excuse for you not to see a show this week.  Which one(s) will you pick?

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