If you're a fan of Stephen Sondheim, this is a week to celebrate. The great composer-lyricist was recognized last spring by our Fine Arts Fund for his many contributions to Cincinnati's local theater scene (exemplified by the Cincinnati Playhouse's revival of his 1970 show Company, which moved to Broadway and won a 2007 Tony Award), and it's a rare season that doesn't see several of his shows on local stages.
Already this fall UC's College-Conservatory of Music has presented Assassins. This weekend you can choose between the legendary FOLLIES, onstage at the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater (through Nov. 10; box office: 513-621-2787), and INTO THE WOODS at Xavier University's Gallagher Student Center Theatre (performances are Thursday-Sunday; box office: 513-745-3801). Follies, the story of aging singers and dancers at a reunion where they recall their younger days, is directed by JOE STOLLENWERK and features CEA winners LAURIE BRINKMAN and RICK KRAMER. Into the Woods, Sondheim's dark take on fairy-tales, is being staged by XU alum and theater professional GARY MCGURK, a veteran professional actor. ... Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT is my favorite classic play. With all the elements of mistaken identities and unrequited love, hapless villains and high-minded suitors, its combination of whimsy, romance and flat-out comedy always entertains me. I'm particularly looking forward to this weekend's production at UC's College-Conservatory of Music because it's in the Cohen Family Studio Theater, where you're close to the performers. Local director Brian Robertson, who often works with Performance Gallery, is staging this one. Tickets are free, but you need to call in advance for a reservation: 513-556-4183.
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