For the past five years or so, Alan Patrick Kenny has been staging shows in Cincinnati that make audiences stop and watch. His own theater, New Stage Collective, made it through April, but the punishing economy pretty much signed its death warrant. Kenny has, however, stuck around for several more good productions. He staged a delightful Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for the Carnegie in September, and this week opens his final local production for a while, Peter Shaffer’s Equus.
Back in 1973 it was a Tony Award winner, and two years ago it had a Broadway revival (featuring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe).
Equus is the story of a psychiatrist treating a boy who has blinded six horses in a violent fit of passion. The boy’s parents find this a hideous act on the part of a boy who has always adored horses. The psychiatrist, already riddled with self-doubt, finds himself confronted with his own demons as he tries to help his patient. In addition to Kenny (who is off to stage musicals on a cruise ship for the balance of 2009), this New Edgecliff production features several CEA nominees: Michael Shooner as the psychiatrist, Carey Davenport as the boy, in addition to Aretta Baumgardner and Regina Pugh.
Performances are at the Columbia Performance Center through Oct. 17. $12-$20.