For a play about depressed people, the Cincinnati Playhouseâ€™s current Shelterhouse show is surprisingly upbeat. Sherry, age 24, is about to start a job as an art teacher at a middle school. Sheâ€™s been fretting that her degree in art therapy wouldnâ€™t to lead anywhere. As she outlines her life so far, we meet her sister, depressed over a failed engagement and now sleeping on the couch, and hear about their unseen mom, whoâ€™s gained so much weight she wonâ€™t leave her bedroom. Every character in Tigers Be Still
has a demon to wrestle with â€” or rather a tiger to fear. (Thereâ€™s actually an escaped tiger in the vicinity thatâ€™s making people anxious, too.) Kim Rosenstockâ€™s recent play is performed by a fine ensemble cast with strong direction from Rob Ruggiero. This entertaining slice of modern life is onstage through April 15.
$32-$62. 513-421-3888, cincyplay.com.