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By Rick Pender · August 10th, 2005 · Curtain Call
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Amy Warner dazzled CSF audiences in Virginia Woolf; she returns this season in Richard III.
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Amy Warner dazzled CSF audiences in Virginia Woolf; she returns this season in Richard III.



The word is out that Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominee AMY WARNER will be back at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival in the coming season in Richard III; her 2005 nomination came for a breathtaking Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Another CEA nominee, REGGIE WILLIS (a regular with the Know Theatre Tribe) will make his CSF debut in Titus Andronicus with ELIZABETH A. HARRIS, who brought to life New Edgecliff's Drinking Alone, a one-woman script nominated for a CEA for Local Premiere. If you're interested in seeing which actors and productions will receive CEAs for theater performances, now is the time to order your tickets (they're $15 in advance, $20 at the door on Aug. 26 at CCM's Corbett Auditor-ium at the University of Cincinnati) at citybeat. com/cea. And you might want to think about coming early on that Friday evening for a V.I.P. reception ($50, tickets from the same site) where you'll get to meet many of the nominees, have a few drinks and munch some satisfying hors d'oeuvres. The pre-show bar will be managed by the League of Cincinnati Theatres, and the reception is a benefit for LINKS (Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids), a CCM-based organization that refurbishes used musical instruments and gives them to aspiring young musicians who couldn't otherwise afford them. The ninth annual CEAs will feature a half-dozen performances that have highlighted Cincinnati-area theater productions over the past year.

If you're an aspiring playwright from Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana, you should take note of a workshop series produced by the CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE.

They're seeking scripts on any subject -- full-length plays, one-acts or musicals. Submitted works must have had a prior staged reading; your cover letter should indicate where and when the reading occurred. (Musicals submitted should also include a demo CD).

The word is out that Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominee AMY WARNER will be back at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival in the coming season in Richard III; her 2005 nomination came for a breathtaking Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Another CEA nominee, REGGIE WILLIS (a regular with the Know Theatre Tribe) will make his CSF debut in Titus Andronicus with ELIZABETH A. HARRIS, who brought to life New Edgecliff's Drinking Alone, a one-woman script nominated for a CEA for Local Premiere. If you're interested in seeing which actors and productions will receive CEAs for theater performances, now is the time to order your tickets (they're $15 in advance, $20 at the door on Aug. 26 at CCM's Corbett Auditor-ium at the University of Cincinnati) at citybeat. com/cea. And you might want to think about coming early on that Friday evening for a V.I.P. reception ($50, tickets from the same site) where you'll get to meet many of the nominees, have a few drinks and munch some satisfying hors d'oeuvres. The pre-show bar will be managed by the League of Cincinnati Theatres, and the reception is a benefit for LINKS (Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids), a CCM-based organization that refurbishes used musical instruments and gives them to aspiring young musicians who couldn't otherwise afford them. The ninth annual CEAs will feature a half-dozen performances that have highlighted Cincinnati-area theater productions over the past year. ...

If you're an aspiring playwright from Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana, you should take note of a workshop series produced by the CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE. They're seeking scripts on any subject -- full-length plays, one-acts or musicals. Submitted works must have had a prior staged reading; your cover letter should indicate where and when the reading occurred. (Musicals submitted should also include a demo CD). You can submit one or two works; there's a $15 fee for submission (checks payable to Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative). The deadline is Oct. 31. Mark your envelope "Developmental Workshop" and mail to: CPI, P.O. Box 141164, Cincinnati, OH 45250-1164. Writers of works chosen for workshops will be notified by the end of 2005; writers will be expected to work with the director and actors for seven days during the developmental process, dates and times to be announced. Playwrights will be paid a stipend for their involvement, as will other workshop participants. Info: Denise Stoner (dsbwriter@adelphia.net).

MINI REVIEWS
CINCINNATI SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL has been selling out performances of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), extending it through Sunday. The laugh-out-loud farce crams all 37 plays (or at least passing mention of them) into less than two hours of frothy foolishness. This manic mayhem features Rob Jansen as an easily exasperated pseudo-intellectual, Joshua Neth as a slapstick hick who gets stuck with the women's roles and Jeff Sanders as a preening, pretentious "actor." They have a blast, and audiences get to play several parts in the hilarity. A lot of updated topical references have been added -- a whiff of George Bush, a glimpse of Paris Hilton. On the back wall is a wary image of the Bard, perhaps a bit nervous about what's happening onstage. (Rick Pender) GRADE: A-

THE KNOW THEATRE TRIBE has resurrected a cartoonish piece from the 2002 New York Fringe Festival: Matt & Ben, a clever pop-culture driven fantasy about actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck when they were still unknown bit players. Brought to life by Elizabeth A. Harris and Molly Binder (Matt & Ben's playwrights were two actresses who originated the roles), Matt & Ben imagines how two actors might have come to write an Academy Award-winning screenplay (Good Will Hunting) -- which literally drops into their laps. Harris captures the intense Damon, and Binder has assembled an array of Affleck-isms that are uncannily on target. Fine comedy for summertime viewing. Through Saturday at Gabriel's Corner in Over-the-Rhine. (Rick Pender) GRADE: A-

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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