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I Am My Own Wife

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By Rick Pender · September 19th, 2007 · Curtain Call
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  Todd Almond is back in I Am My Own Wife, which is beingpresented by the Petersburg Players in New Hampshire.
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Todd Almond is back in I Am My Own Wife, which is beingpresented by the Petersburg Players in New Hampshire.



It's a good week for theatergoers in other cities thanks to Cincinnati's vibrant theater scene. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's 2005 staging of I AM MY OWN WIFE is being reincarnated for its fourth performance, this time for Peterboro Players in New Hampshire. TODD ALMOND, a 1999 graduate of UC's College-Conservatory of Music and a winner of a 2005 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for his performance in Wife (and in 2001 and 2003 for his work as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch), has also played the role at Florida Studio Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. The day after opening ETC's excellent production of Rabbit Hole (see review on page 66), D. LYNN MEYERS and set designer BRIAN C. MEHRING, headed to New England to ready the production, which opens Wednesday. Meanwhile, Meyers announced from the stage at Rabbit Hole's opening that ETC's hit production of SOUVENIR from last spring is opening at the English Speaking Theatre in Vienna (as in Austria) with ETC's two-person cast, NEVA RAE POWERS and SCOT WOOLLEY, both 2007 CEA nominees. Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artistic Director MICHAEL HANEY, who staged Souvenir for ETC, is along to make sure it all comes together.

Another Cincinnati theater artist, writer and director NICHOLAS KORN, is providing entertainment for audiences in Chicago this month at Gorilla Tango Theatre, a small storefront company.

Staged by Gorilla Tango's Courtney Miller, THE ANTIC IN ROMANTIC, a contemporary commedia-styled script, is being offered in a two-week, off-night run. (It concludes Sept. 26.) Korn's script was a 2006 finalist for Arkansas Repertory Theatre's biennial award, the Kaufman & Hart Prize of New American Comedy.

It's a good week for theatergoers in other cities thanks to Cincinnati's vibrant theater scene. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati's 2005 staging of I AM MY OWN WIFE is being reincarnated for its fourth performance, this time for Peterboro Players in New Hampshire. TODD ALMOND, a 1999 graduate of UC's College-Conservatory of Music and a winner of a 2005 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for his performance in Wife (and in 2001 and 2003 for his work as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch), has also played the role at Florida Studio Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. The day after opening ETC's excellent production of Rabbit Hole (see review on page 66), D. LYNN MEYERS and set designer BRIAN C. MEHRING, headed to New England to ready the production, which opens Wednesday. Meanwhile, Meyers announced from the stage at Rabbit Hole's opening that ETC's hit production of SOUVENIR from last spring is opening at the English Speaking Theatre in Vienna (as in Austria) with ETC's two-person cast, NEVA RAE POWERS and SCOT WOOLLEY, both 2007 CEA nominees. Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artistic Director MICHAEL HANEY, who staged Souvenir for ETC, is along to make sure it all comes together. ...

Another Cincinnati theater artist, writer and director NICHOLAS KORN, is providing entertainment for audiences in Chicago this month at Gorilla Tango Theatre, a small storefront company. Staged by Gorilla Tango's Courtney Miller, THE ANTIC IN ROMANTIC, a contemporary commedia-styled script, is being offered in a two-week, off-night run. (It concludes Sept. 26.) Korn's script was a 2006 finalist for Arkansas Repertory Theatre's biennial award, the Kaufman & Hart Prize of New American Comedy. When Korn headed up the theater company Stage First Cincinnati (1997-2003), he staged some of his own erudite translations of classic scripts, including Molière's The Imaginary Invalid and That Scoundrel Scapin, in addition to a delightful musical commedia piece, Illuzio, or A Man's Best Servant Is Himself. Korn continues to write scripts, screenplays and more (in addition to occasional theater reviews for CityBeat). Check out his Web site: nicholaskorn.com. ...

This weekend is the second of two offering you a chance to see the regional premiere of British playwright Bryony Lavery's 2004 script, FROZEN, a very tough drama about a murderer, the mother of one of his victims and his psychologist. Xavier University Players and director Cathy Springfield are presenting the drama, which was nominated for four Tony Awards in 2004, including best drama. Making it all the more interesting is the fact that this story about the human capacity for forgiveness, remorse and change features two outstanding local professionals -- CEA Hall of Fame actress DALE HODGES and New Edgecliff Theatre executive director MICHAEL SHOONER -- in addition to Xavier alum MOLLY BOEHRINGER-BROWN. Thursday-Sunday at Xavier's Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater. Tickets: 513-745-3736.

MINIREVIEW
In Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's current staging of ROMEO & JULIET, Hayley Clark's performance as a star-struck girl in love is good enough to change the title of Shakespeare's play to Juliet & Romeo. She reveals all the Juliets that Shakespeare wrote -- a giggling teen; a love-slammed girl-woman; a woman turned stern and crafty by looming catastrophe; then, inexorably, the fate-cornered heroine confronted with a single exit strategy -- Romeo's dagger. It's as fulfilling and enthralling a performance as CSC has yet hosted. Sara Clark (as swaggering Benvolio) and Giles Davies (as a crafty Friar Lawrence) are also memorable. Chris Guthrie's Romeo, however, is too self-pitying. Not CSC's best, but worthy of note, nonetheless. (Tom McElfresh) Grade: B+



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