For several seasons local director, actor and writer NICHOLAS KORN entertained theatergoers with his classically-inspired plays. His company, Stage First Cincinnati, closed in 2003, but Korn continues to write, and he recently spent a weekend in Little Rock, Ark., seeing his comic script, The Antic in Romantic, in a professional reading concluding the biennial Kaufman & Hart Prize for New American Comedy at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. His play was one of three selected from 150 entries for staged readings July 28-30. Literary manager Brad Mooy has asked to see more of Korn's plays. "The play received strong marks," Korn tells me, "for theatricality, freshness and originality and that hard-to-define X factor -- kind of a mix between buzz-worthiness, sexiness and memorability." Fans of Korn's writing will not be surprised that Antic is a modern-day commedia "with eight characters, one set and 1,000 laughs." It's the story of a proud beauty who believes her lover will never marry her.
One of the contenders for Outstanding Local Premiere in the 2006 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS to be handed out Aug. 25 (for more info go to citybeat.com/cea) is Annie Hendy's hilarious Fringe Festival show The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity. The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park recently announced that it will give the show a brief production Jan. 17-20, 2007, in addition to Low by Rha Goddess (Jan. 10-14), a one-woman show from the 2006 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. ...
This weekend's concert staging of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone at Chicago's Ravinia Festival features several performers with links to UC's College-Conservatory of Music. JESSICA BOEVERS (a 1994 grad) is Louise, who becomes stripper Gypsy Rose Lee); JEN TEMEN, who will be a senior in musical theater this year, is playing June; and drama major ELANA ERNST is in the chorus. Info: www.ravinia.org.
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