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CEAs, New Brain, New Stage and more

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By Rick Pender · August 8th, 2007 · Curtain Call
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  William Finn's musical about brain surgery will bepresented by Transit Five at the CAC this weekend.
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William Finn's musical about brain surgery will bepresented by Transit Five at the CAC this weekend.



The voting is over for the 2007 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS, and it appears that more people have voiced their opinions about local theater productions and individual performers than in any previous year since the CEAs were launched in 1996. In a few more weeks, you'll be able to learn the results when the CEAs are handed out on Aug. 27 at Patricia Corbett Theater at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. The celebration is open to the public, and it's a great opportunity to see many of the players in our vibrant theater scene who will be in attendance. There will be performances from several CEA-nominated productions, and a few other surprises to entertain the audience. You can order tickets by going to www.citybeat.com/cea.

A fledgling theater company comprised of local college students has staged several ambitious productions this summer. TRANSIT FIVE has one more scheduled for this weekend, A NEW BRAIN, a 1998 musical created by composer William Finn, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years earlier. (He survived and went on to create the recent Broadway hit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.) The upbeat show will be presented at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (this is the only weekend the show will be presented). Tickets: 513-345-8405 or at the door.

The voting is over for the 2007 CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS, and it appears that more people have voiced their opinions about local theater productions and individual performers than in any previous year since the CEAs were launched in 1996.

In a few more weeks, you'll be able to learn the results when the CEAs are handed out on Aug. 27 at Patricia Corbett Theater at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. The celebration is open to the public, and it's a great opportunity to see many of the players in our vibrant theater scene who will be in attendance. There will be performances from several CEA-nominated productions, and a few other surprises to entertain the audience. You can order tickets by going to www.citybeat.com/cea. ...

A fledgling theater company comprised of local college students has staged several ambitious productions this summer. TRANSIT FIVE has one more scheduled for this weekend, A NEW BRAIN, a 1998 musical created by composer William Finn, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years earlier. (He survived and went on to create the recent Broadway hit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.) The upbeat show will be presented at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (this is the only weekend the show will be presented). Tickets: 513-345-8405 or at the door. ...

Transit Five is collaborating with two other local theater companies to provide discounts for dedicated theatergoers. If you bring a ticket stub from Know Theatre's production of Thrill Me (see To Do pick on page 25) or New Stage Collective's staging of The Last Five Years (read on for more information), you can get a $3 discount on admission. The same discount applies for New Brain tickets presented at Know or NSC this weekend. ... New Stage Collective (NSC) is offering a concert revival of its 2003 regional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS, opening on Thursday. There will be nine performances in all (Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in addition to Aug. 16-18 and 23-25) with different pairs of performers each evening portraying a married couple in the process of uncoupling. This weekend's performers are Philip Webster and Lisa Weiner (Thursday), NSC co-founder Joshua Steele and Julie Wacksman (Friday) and NSC co-founder and artistic director Alan Patrick Kenny and Kera Halbersleben (Saturday). For other performers and information: www.newstagecollective.com. ...

You have several opportunities in the next week to do something good for the community and get a theatrical benefit at the same time. On Saturday at 2 p.m. if you attend a performance of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's entertaining Greater Tuna, half of your ticket price will be passed on to the Cincinnati Costume Company, which was almost totally destroyed by a devastating fire a month ago. (Info: www.cincyshakes.com). Meanwhile, to promote its season-opening production of Dracula, the Cincinnati Playhouse invites you to donate blood at several locations around the city. Donors will receive a voucher valid for half-price tickets to select performances of the revival of one of the Playhouse's most popular productions of all time. The first stop is Monday at the Playhouse; subsequent collection points are Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood (Aug. 14) and the Deerfield Towne Center (Aug. 15). Advance online registration is recommended: www.hoxworth.org/playhouse. ...

In my Aug. 1 column, I wrote about Andrew Lazarow, who recently split from New Stage Collective (NSC) regarding a production he was directing, the musical Hello Again. I referred to another show he staged for NSC, All We Can Handle, presented during the 2006 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Lazarow directed the show about a musician in New York City after 9/11, but he was not the playwright. If I had checked the facts more carefully, I would have recalled that the playwright was ANDREW DAINOFF, a Cincinnati native currently holding readings for his latest work in New York City. I apologize for the error.



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