Have you ordered your tickets yet for the 2006 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS? The event is Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. The Corbett Auditorium will be the place to see a broad array of performers and productions from the 2005-06 season. Of course, some will walk away with awards, but the real point of this event is to celebrate the depth and breadth of Cincinnati's remarkable theater scene -- which the CEAs have been doing for 10 years. The program offers selections from the season's best plays and musicals, plus recognition of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's D. LYNN MEYERS, recipient of the League of Cincinnati Theatre's recognition for ongoing achievement. As a result, Meyers will be inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame. Several past inductees will be on hand, too. And you can join them by purchasing your own ticket -- which will provide a great evening of entertainment and support a worthy cause, LINKS (Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids). Info: citybeat.com/cea.
Anyone who enjoys the theater knows there's always a bit of magic on hand, but this weekend it's the whole show at the Cincinnati Playhouse, where the Tony Award-winning theater presents its annual late-summer fund-raiser, ABRACADABRA.
Have you ordered your tickets yet for the 2006 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS? The event is Augcitybeat.com/cea. ...
Anyone who enjoys the theater knows there's always a bit of magic on hand, but this weekend it's the whole show at the Cincinnati Playhouse, where the Tony Award-winning theater presents its annual late-summer fund-raiser, ABRACADABRA. You can enjoy four acts: John Carney does sleight-of-hand magic; Kohl & Company combine wizardry and mayhem with a big dose of humor; The Great Tomsoni & Co. brings a Vegas-styled act (John Thompson and Pamela Hayes have twice been named Stage Magician of the Year); and David Williamson, a big hit in 2005 with his sleight-of-hand work, returns. There's a gala on Friday evening (for tickets, call 513-345-2242), but you can also attend a more modestly priced preview on Thursday evening or one of four performances on Saturday and Sunday (at 2 and 7 p.m. each day). Box office: 513-421-3888. ...
Jersey Productions, which just finished its two-week run of Ragtime and will present Cabaret in September, has added a holiday musical. ANNIE, which won seven Tony Awards in 1977, will be presented at The Carnegie in Covington (Dec. 15-23). Artistic Director Larry Smiglewski says he hopes "Annie will be the beginning of a tradition Jersey Productions will continue for years to come." Info: 859-957-1940. ...
Speaking of Tony Awards, in a recent column I mistakenly identified the first show being presented by the Broadway Series in September, Adam Guettel's THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, as the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for best musical. Several readers reminded me that another production coming to Cincinnati this season, Spamalot (Oct. 17-29), was actually 2005's best musical. Piazza, however, was nominated for that award and earned two others, one for best score and one for best orchestration. Despite my mistake, there's no error in the information I provided about the $10 discount if you ask for an "M" type ticket for performances on Sept. 5, 6 or 10. If you go in person to the Aronoff ticket office on Walnut Street, you'll avoid service charges. From each purchase, $5 will be donated to the League of Cincinnati Theatres. Tickets: 513-241-7469.
4 Know Theatre's production of LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE (through Aug. 26) is portrayed as a comedy, but it ends with a character sobbing uncontrollably. Jonathan Tolins' play goes out of its way to present and shatter stereotypes. A committed gay couple who live on Christopher Street welcome a group of friends -- a veritable rainbow of gay stereotypes -- to their apartment to watch the annual Gay Pride parade from their apartment window. One guest announces he's decided to get married -- to a woman -- and a lot of consternation ensues. Tolins' script plays with the routine themes and characters found in gay plays. By playing with these conventions, he's working to leave them behind. Performances are solid and generally believable. This is a realistic script about characters that happen to be gay. (Rick Pender) Grade: B+
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