Hello everyone! What a great week last week! Torie Wiggin’s rocked the stage, The Thunderdome was a ton of fun, SATURDAY THE !4TH was even better all in a row, and Ball State University puts on some good stuff (A RAISIN IN THE SUN is playing there now – I saw it yesterday).
I’m in the midst of a new record-setting streak of show attendance and there’s a ton to get through this week so let’s not waste any time – and this week’s format is a little different just to get through it all.
THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME
Featuring: Justin McCombs
When: Tonight @ 7:30 PM
Where: Below Zero Lounge
Cost: Free – Suggested $5 donation
What do you need to know: One man show with gay themes (of course, its Queen City Queer Theatre Collective)
More info: Facebook event
Featuring: Piper Davis, Burgess Byrd, Curtis Shepard, Kent Claiborne, Lamont Hill, Keisha Kemper, Miko Woods, and Reggie Willis, directed by Piper Davis
When: Tuesday 2/10 @ 7:30 PM
Where: 5/3 Theatre at the Aronoff Center for the Arts
What do you need to know: African-American Christian family drama – think Tyler Perry, features some of my favorites (Byrd, Davis, Willis especially). I saw the last reading during the CPI salon and its a good play!
More info: Cincinnati Playwright’s Initiative
THE HEIDI CHRONICLES
Featuring: Sarah Davenport Clare Combest, Colin Edgar, Connor Lawrence, Ryan Garrett, Katie McDonald, AC Horton Julia Netzer, Rachel Baumgarten, Owen Alderson, Michaela Tropeano, Alice Skok, Carli Rhoades, Sydney Ashe, & Katie Langham as April, directed by Richard Hess
When: Previews Wednesday @ 8PM, Opens Thursday 2/12 @ 8:00 PM, runs through Sunday afternoon
Where: UC-CCM Patricia Corbett Theatre
Cost: $27 – $31 general, $17 – $20 students, $15 – $18 UC students
What do you need to know: This show follows Heidi through a couple of decades as she navigates the world in the context of feminism. Sarah Davenport has been great the few times I’ve seen her, I am a Katie Langham superfan.
More info: Here’s a great feature from David Lyman at Cincinnati.com
Featuring: Jonathan Gillard Daly, Sara Day, Jay Hobson, directed by Anne Marie Cammarato
When: Preview began on Saturday, Opens Thursday 2/12 @ 8:00 PM, runs through March 8th
Where: Playhouse in the Park – Shelterhouse Theatre
Cost: $30 – $85
What do you need to know: An offbeat Irish love story, 1 hour 45 minutes with no intermission
More info: Playhouse in the Park’s web site
ANY GIVEN MONDAY
Featuring: Daniel Britt, Bekka Eaton, Chris Kramer, Allyson West, directed by Henry Cepluch
When: Opens Thursday 2/12 @ 8:00 PM, runs through Sunday afternoon
Where: Fitton Center for the Performing Arts
What do you need to know: Edgy dark comedy featuring two of my favorites (Britt, Eaton) Also, Britt and Chris Kramer have shared the stage 20 times, so they oughta have some chemistry together. This is the first show in Mad Anthony Theatre’s new space.
More info: Feature Article from the Sappy Critic
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Featuring: Mike Hall, Derek Snow, Simon Powell, Dan Maloney, Dee Anne Bryll, Allison Evans, Terry Gosdin, Tom Peters, James Ball, and Rich Setterberg, directed by Ed Cohen
When: Opens Friday 2/13 @ 8:00 PM, runs for three weekends
Where: Falcon Theatre in Newport
Cost: $19, $17 student/senior
What do you need to know: This is the kind of show Falcon excels at – classic drama with a great cast and director.
More info: FalconTheater.net
Also, Children’s Theatre opens SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! featuring the Rusty Griswolds this week, Know Theatre’s SERIALS 2: THE THUNDERDOME returns next Monday with three returning plays (from Ben Dudley, Paul Strickland & Trey Tatum, and Alison Rampa) and two new ones (from Jon Kovach and Becca Howell), and much more is on the horizon. I hope to see you all at the theatre this week!
PS For a complete list of all theatre in the area, go to Rob Bucher’s Behind the Curtain Cincinnati.