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By Rick Pender · April 26th, 2006 · Curtain Call
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  Radio Gals graces the Showboat Majestic stage through May 7.
Tim Perrino

Radio Gals graces the Showboat Majestic stage through May 7.



CINCINNATI BLACK THEATRE COMPANY (CBTC) has presented its biennial MIDWEST BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL since 1998. This weekend is the first of two offering children's plays, dramas, musicals, readers' theater, Hip Hop and Broadway shows at several venues around town. Following a fund-raiser on Thursday (at the historic Six Acres Bed and Breakfast, 5350 Hamilton Ave., College Hill), this weekend includes a performance of Emergence-See at the Freedom Center's Harriet Tubman Theatre. It's a one-man show by Daniel Beaty about the mysterious appearance of a slave ship in 2006 on the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty. This weekend also offers local director Luther Gibson's staging at the Cincinnati Art Museum's Fath Auditorium of Before It Hits Home, a drama about AIDS and homophobia in the black community. (This is a tribute to the late C. Dean Tabler, who staged the show in 1999.) The festival's concluding weekend (May 4-6) includes the popular musical Once on This Island (presented by CBTC's Children's Company at Xavier University's Gallagher Theater), Amen Corner (offered by Higher Ground Ministries and Family Life Center in Fairfield) and Bangin' (a touring production by Walltown Children's Theatre from Durham, N.C.). Bangin', which will be presented at Taft High School, is a chilling retelling of a gang-related killing of an innocent bystander in 2001. It was presented at the esteemed National Black Theatre Festival last summer. Info: 513-241-6060 or www.cincyblacktheatre.com. ...

Cincinnati's longest-running theatrical venue, the SHOWBOAT MAJESTIC, has launched its 83rd year with a production of RADIO GALS (through May 7), a musical about a high-powered radio station in 1927 with an "all-girl" format -- but no license to broadcast. The 'boat specializes in "bright and bubbly" shows that more often appeal to older audiences, but it's always fun to catch a production aboard the historic craft. Upcoming shows include Bells Are Ringing (May 17-June 4), a musical comedy from 1958 about a switchboard operator, and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (June 14-July 2) a "double-bill" spoofing movies from the 1930s, including a movie the Marx Brothers never made but should have. Tickets: 513-241-6550. ...

The same folks who operate the Showboat have been entertaining West Siders with productions at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts (4990 Glenway Ave.).

This weekend they'll offer an unusual presentation: THE WHO'S TOMMY. The classic album from 1969 became an award-winning Broadway show in 1992. Covedale will offer the tale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph as a one-of-a-kind concert event on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Tickets: 513-241-6550. ...

Now that the Reds are back for another season, baseball is on the minds of many -- even theatergoers. If you played Little League or Knothole as a kid, you might enjoy a trek to Lexington between now and May 14 for a production of Richard Dresser's ROUNDING THIRD at Actors Guild of Lexington. The script pits two coaches with clashing perspectives about managing a team of kids against one another, telling the story of what happens when "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" runs into "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." Dresser is one of America's outstanding contemporary playwrights. Info: 859-224-0370 or

  Radio Gals graces the Showboat Majestic stage through May 7.
Tim Perrino

Radio Gals graces the Showboat Majestic stage through May 7.



CINCINNATI BLACK THEATRE COMPANY (CBTC) has presented its biennial MIDWEST BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL since 1998. This weekend is the first of two offering children's plays, dramas, musicals, readers' theater, Hip Hop and Broadway shows at several venues around town. Following a fund-raiser on Thursday (at the historic Six Acres Bed and Breakfast, 5350 Hamilton Ave., College Hill), this weekend includes a performance of Emergence-See at the Freedom Center's Harriet Tubman Theatre. It's a one-man show by Daniel Beaty about the mysterious appearance of a slave ship in 2006 on the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty. This weekend also offers local director Luther Gibson's staging at the Cincinnati Art Museum's Fath Auditorium of Before It Hits Home, a drama about AIDS and homophobia in the black community. (This is a tribute to the late C. Dean Tabler, who staged the show in 1999.) The festival's concluding weekend (May 4-6) includes the popular musical Once on This Island (presented by CBTC's Children's Company at Xavier University's Gallagher Theater), Amen Corner (offered by Higher Ground Ministries and Family Life Center in Fairfield) and Bangin' (a touring production by Walltown Children's Theatre from Durham, N.C.). Bangin', which will be presented at Taft High School, is a chilling retelling of a gang-related killing of an innocent bystander in 2001. It was presented at the esteemed National Black Theatre Festival last summer. Info: 513-241-6060 or www.cincyblacktheatre.com. ...

Cincinnati's longest-running theatrical venue, the SHOWBOAT MAJESTIC, has launched its 83rd year with a production of RADIO GALS (through May 7), a musical about a high-powered radio station in 1927 with an "all-girl" format -- but no license to broadcast. The 'boat specializes in "bright and bubbly" shows that more often appeal to older audiences, but it's always fun to catch a production aboard the historic craft. Upcoming shows include Bells Are Ringing (May 17-June 4), a musical comedy from 1958 about a switchboard operator, and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (June 14-July 2) a "double-bill" spoofing movies from the 1930s, including a movie the Marx Brothers never made but should have. Tickets: 513-241-6550. ...

The same folks who operate the Showboat have been entertaining West Siders with productions at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts (4990 Glenway Ave.). This weekend they'll offer an unusual presentation: THE WHO'S TOMMY. The classic album from 1969 became an award-winning Broadway show in 1992. Covedale will offer the tale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph as a one-of-a-kind concert event on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Tickets: 513-241-6550. ...

Now that the Reds are back for another season, baseball is on the minds of many -- even theatergoers. If you played Little League or Knothole as a kid, you might enjoy a trek to Lexington between now and May 14 for a production of Richard Dresser's ROUNDING THIRD at Actors Guild of Lexington. The script pits two coaches with clashing perspectives about managing a team of kids against one another, telling the story of what happens when "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" runs into "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." Dresser is one of America's outstanding contemporary playwrights. Info: 859-224-0370 or www.actorsguildoflexington.org. ...

Speaking of America's outstanding playwrights, apparently none of them impressed the jury for this year's PULITZER PRIZE in drama. It was announced on April 17 that no award would be made, although three finalists were cited: Adam Rapp's erotically charged drama, Red Light Winter; Rolin Jones' comedy about an agoraphobic engineer and her alter ego robot, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; and Christopher Durang's humorous play about death and reincarnation, Miss Witherspoon. The decision is not without precedent: It's happened 15 times since 1918 when the prize for drama was established. The previous year with no winner was 1997. ...

Perhaps we need to look back to the classics for inspiration: UC's College-Conservatory of Music offers a production of Henrik Ibsen's dark 1890 masterpiece, HEDDA GABLER, this weekend in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. It's about a young woman who feels oppressed by her role as a wife and mother. No charge, but reservations required: 513-556-4183.

 
 
 
 

 

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