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Onstage: The Pavilion

By Rick Pender · May 17th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends

It’s the time of year when lives are awash in graduations, weddings and reunions. So I expect The Pavilion, opening this week at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, to be a show that a lot of people will relate to. Peter and Kari were the perfect couple 20 years ago, high school sweethearts who encountered a big bump in the road — Kari got pregnant, Peter disappeared.

But they’re back for their 20th high school reunion and Peter hopes to make amends. They talk about what their lives could have been in Craig Wright’s much admired 2000 play, which was recognized by the American Theatre Critics Association and the Drama Desk, in a story that’s both contemporary and poignant. (Wright is the creative force behind the TV series Dirty Sexy Money as well as Six Feet Under.) Making this production all the more attractive is the fact that it’s directed by Ensemble Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers, who worked at the Playhouse 25 years ago. She has the perfect touch for a show that’s poetic, comic, romantic and philosophical. Go here for more information.



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