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'More Fun than Bowling' heads up a fun week in local theater

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By Rick Pender · October 17th, 2007 · Curtain Call
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  (L-R) Josh Aaron McCabe, k. Jenny Jones and Morgan Grahame star in ETC's More Fun Than Bowling.
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(L-R) Josh Aaron McCabe, k. Jenny Jones and Morgan Grahame star in ETC's More Fun Than Bowling.



If you want to demonstrate to some doubter that Cincinnati has a remarkable theater scene, the appropriate week has arrived -- seven productions will open during a three-day period. On Wednesday, Ensemble Theatre opens its regional premiere of Steven Dietz's "grave" comedy, More Fun than Bowling (through Nov. 4). It's an eccentric comedy about a guy who owns a bowling alley where several freakish accidents have occurred. On Thursday evening there are four openings: the Christian boy-band musical comedy Altar Boyz (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, through Nov. 16); the creepy drama The Pillowman by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (Know Theatre, through Nov. 10); and two more musicals in short weekend runs at local universities -- Stephen Sondheim's Assassins (UC's College-Conservatory of Music), a look at people in history who decided that their access to the American dream could be fulfilled by shooting a president, and Elton John's Aida (Xavier), a Pop-tune re-creation of Verdi's classic opera. As if that weren't already too much, Cincinnati Shakespeare opens its first-ever production of Shakespeare's seldom-staged and foreboding fairy tale Cymbeline (through Nov. 11), and one of the city's newest companies, the Satori Group moves to a new location, the Carnegie in Covington, for the regional premiere of William MacIvor's drama Never Swim Alone (through Nov. 4), portraying the fierce competition between two friends. You'll find performance dates, times and box office information for these shows -- and several others that are already running -- in CityBeat's Onstage listings. As if the preceding list of shows weren't enough, here's one more brought our way by the Fringe-friendly folks at Know Theatre: An avant-garde touring company GERMAN THEATRE ABROAD (GTA) will perform a one-night stand near (yes, that's right, near) Know Theatre on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m.

It will happen at 1201 Jackson St. (the theater is at 1120 Jackson) in the vicinity of GTA's bus that's on a 24-city tour, Road Theatre USA, which began in New York in early October and is winding its way to California with a trek of 6,000 miles over seven weeks. Along the way, five actors -- three Germans and two Americans -- are presenting START UP, a comedy that plays with cultural stereotypes.

If you want to demonstrate to some doubter that Cincinnati has a remarkable theater scene, the appropriate week has arrived -- seven productions will open during a three-day period. On Wednesday, Ensemble Theatre opens its regional premiere of Steven Dietz's "grave" comedy, More Fun than Bowling (through Nov. 4). It's an eccentric comedy about a guy who owns a bowling alley where several freakish accidents have occurred. On Thursday evening there are four openings: the Christian boy-band musical comedy Altar Boyz (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, through Nov. 16); the creepy drama The Pillowman by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (Know Theatre, through Nov. 10); and two more musicals in short weekend runs at local universities -- Stephen Sondheim's Assassins (UC's College-Conservatory of Music), a look at people in history who decided that their access to the American dream could be fulfilled by shooting a president, and Elton John's Aida (Xavier), a Pop-tune re-creation of Verdi's classic opera. As if that weren't already too much, Cincinnati Shakespeare opens its first-ever production of Shakespeare's seldom-staged and foreboding fairy tale Cymbeline (through Nov. 11), and one of the city's newest companies, the Satori Group moves to a new location, the Carnegie in Covington, for the regional premiere of William MacIvor's drama Never Swim Alone (through Nov. 4), portraying the fierce competition between two friends. You'll find performance dates, times and box office information for these shows -- and several others that are already running -- in CityBeat's Onstage listings. ... As if the preceding list of shows weren't enough, here's one more brought our way by the Fringe-friendly folks at Know Theatre: An avant-garde touring company GERMAN THEATRE ABROAD (GTA) will perform a one-night stand near (yes, that's right, near) Know Theatre on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. It will happen at 1201 Jackson St. (the theater is at 1120 Jackson) in the vicinity of GTA's bus that's on a 24-city tour, Road Theatre USA, which began in New York in early October and is winding its way to California with a trek of 6,000 miles over seven weeks. Along the way, five actors -- three Germans and two Americans -- are presenting START UP, a comedy that plays with cultural stereotypes. The constantly changing performance, which evolves with the steady addition of new video as the tour makes its way across America, is based on a script written specifically for Road Theatre USA by Roland Schimmenpfennig, Germany's most-produced contemporary playwright. GTA has been performing on both sides of the Atlantic for 11 years; American Theatre magazine calls it the "most important organ of German-U.S. theatrical exchange." Read more about the project at www.g-t-a.de/English/news. For tickets ($15): 513-300-3669. ...

The work of THOMAS HASE frequently illuminates productions in Cincinnati, where he is the resident lighting designer for Cincinnati Opera and regularly lends his skills to productions at the Cincinnati Playhouse, including the current production of Othello. His lighting of the Cincinnati Playhouse's Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Company was noted by many observers, and now his work has been nominated by the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee, which annually recognizes designers for productions on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, in categories including scenic design, costume design and lighting design. The Committee considered more than 200 productions when making its nominations. Also nominated for his work on Company is scenic designer DAVID GALLO (who was also nominated for his design of the set for the Broadway production of August Wilson's final play, Radio Golf). Gallo is a past Hewes honoree; this is Hase's first nomination. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 15.



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