Monday Matinee 02.02.15 – This Week in Cincinnati Theatre

10958938_10153098309890972_6460754486173691330_nIt’s finally here!  SERIALS 2: THUNDERDOME debuts tonight at Know Theatre in Over the Rhine and I cannot wait.  So much mystery and intrigue surrounds this sequel of plays but here’s what we do know through some heavy duty investigative journalism.  Tonight’s lineup includes:

  • THE PEGGY HART MINI MYSTERY HOUR by Alison Rampa, staged as a radio drama
  • CINDERBLOCK by Ben Dudley, directed by Alex Parks, starring Ben Dudley, Dylan Shelton, Miranda McGee, Lauren Showen, and Rory Sheridan
  • ANDY’S HOUSE OF UNMAILED LOVE LETTERS by Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland directed by Bridget Leak starring Christopher Michael Richardson, Erika Kate MacDonald. This is a musical!
  • HIS SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST by Andy Simpson starring Charlie Roetting, Kyle Gaskin, Drew Blakeman, and Robby Macke.
  • HOW I LEARNED TO BLOG LIKE A CHAMP AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD by Nick Carmine

Future weeks will feature work by Jon Kovach, Becca Howell, and Chris Wesselman among others.  Here’s a really great article from my friend, David Lyman, previewing the series.  You really should come check it out. . . it’s a like a giant theatre party!  I’ll be there throughout the entire run, live tweeting and reporting on the event.  Click here for more information and to get your tickets!

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Nik Pajic and Miranda McGee in SATURDAY THE 14TH at Know Theatre

Know Theatre is just a little busy right now.  With SERIALS 2’s debut and the continuation of THE HANDMAID’S TALE through February 21st, they’ve got their hands full.  But also, beginning this weekend, they’re staging SATURDAY THE 14TH, my favorite of the first batch of SERIALS pieces as a fully realized production.  Starring Nik Pajic, Miranda McGee, and Chris Wesselman, this hilarious and smart romantic comedy will be directed by one of its co-writers, Elizabeth Martin.  (Her writing partner is Lauren Hynek). The show plays this Saturday at 3 pm (I’ll be there!), Sunday at 8 PM, Tuesday the 10th at 8 PM, and on Valentine’s Day – Saturday the 14th, no less – at 3 pm.  You do not want to miss this.  Click here for tickets.

Torie Wiggins

Finally, I am so excited to see Torie Wiggins do the one-woman show, TWILIGHT: 1992 LOS ANGELES.  Here’s a description:

“Gang members, police officers, activists and shopkeepers of every race have a voice in TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992. This American masterpiece uses the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the human impact of that event. A single actor gives voice to the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil. Going directly to the heart of issues of race and class, TWILIGHT probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex social, economic and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.”

Presented by Diogenes Theatre Company (the same company that produced Kalman Kivkovich’s BIBI last year), this appears to be a passion project for Wiggins. It’s directed by Brian Isaac Phillips and stage managed by Justin McCombs. Taking place in the 5/3 Theatre at the Aronoff Center for the Arts,  I think it will be very popular so get your tickets now!  Click here for more information.  I’ll be there on opening night!

Just a heads up about a show happening next Monday:  Justin McCombs will perform THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME at Below Zero Lounge as part of the series of plays being produced by Queen City Queer Theatre Collective.  More information coming next week but don’t miss it. Oh, and tonight, Sherry McCamley hosts Sherry-oke in that space at 7:30 PM!  So that’s an option tonight, too!

Also, I’m heading to Ball State University on Sunday to see A RAISIN IN THE SUN and will have a review of that coming soon.

There’s still a ton of great shows on our local stages. I highly recommend THE HANDMAID’S TALE at Know Theatre and THE OTHER PLACE at Ensemble Theatre.  For a complete listing of what’s playing, visit Rob Bucher’s amazing BEHIND THE CURTAIN CINCINNATI.

What are you doing to support local theatre?

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