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The stagehands union strike, Fringe applications and Scrooge look-alikes

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By Rick Pender · November 20th, 2007 · Curtain Call
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  Do you look like Ebenezer Scrooge? Does your dog? Send photos to the Playhouse and win Christmas Carol tickets.
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Do you look like Ebenezer Scrooge? Does your dog? Send photos to the Playhouse and win Christmas Carol tickets.



If you're traveling to New York over the Thanksgiving holiday, plan carefully if theater is your goal: The stagehands union strike against the League of American Theaters and Producers means that only eight Broadway shows are still running (they have separate union contracts). They include Mary Poppins (with 2004 CCM grad Ashley Brown in the title role), Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks' new show), Xanadu (a riff on the Olivia Newton-John film from 1980) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (which made it to the Aronoff Center on tour a year ago). There's no evidence that this strike will be settled soon, so you might want to consider The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, this year marking its 75th anniversary. (It's not affected by the strike.) If more serious theater is your preference, there are plenty of Off Broadway productions: I recommend the Web site www.nytheatre.com as an excellent reference source. It has up-to-date accounts of strike-affected productions, plus an always reliable list of shows outside the theater district. This independent site is free from commercial interest, so you'll get an unfiltered scoop on what's good and what's not.

The holidays are closing in fast, but it's not too soon to start thinking about the 2008 CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL, scheduled for May 28-June 7. During the festival, hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists will be performing -- typically there are 150 performances in traditional and non-traditional spaces of works that include theater, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and other events that blend these disciplines.

Applications, due by Dec. 7, are currently being sought from performers www.cincyfringe.com/application.shtml.

If you're traveling to New York over the Thanksgiving holiday, plan carefully if theater is your goal: The stagehands union strike against the League of American Theaters and Producers means that only eight Broadway shows are still running (they have separate union contracts). They include Mary Poppins (with 2004 CCM grad Ashley Brown in the title role), Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks' new show), Xanadu (a riff on the Olivia Newton-John film from 1980) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (which made it to the Aronoff Center on tour a year ago). There's no evidence that this strike will be settled soon, so you might want to consider The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, this year marking its 75th anniversary. (It's not affected by the strike.) If more serious theater is your preference, there are plenty of Off Broadway productions: I recommend the Web site www.nytheatre.com as an excellent reference source. It has up-to-date accounts of strike-affected productions, plus an always reliable list of shows outside the theater district. This independent site is free from commercial interest, so you'll get an unfiltered scoop on what's good and what's not. ...

The holidays are closing in fast, but it's not too soon to start thinking about the 2008 CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL, scheduled for May 28-June 7. During the festival, hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists will be performing -- typically there are 150 performances in traditional and non-traditional spaces of works that include theater, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and other events that blend these disciplines. Applications, due by Dec. 7, are currently being sought from performers www.cincyfringe.com/application.shtml. ...

Speaking of the Fringe, it's time to check back in with The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, the runaway hit of the 2006 festival. Written by 2002 CCM grad ANNIE HENDY, the show had a sold-out weeklong run at the Cincinnati Playhouse last January. Now it's been optioned by Quasiworld Entertainment in Los Angeles, which will present a new production in January. Quasiworld has hired Hendy, a Cincinnati native and Ursuline Academy grad, to write the screenplay for and to star in a film version of her funny script. ...

More members of Cincinnati's theater community will receive visibility beyond Cincinnati: Following the very successful run of the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, or Change at New Stage Collective (NSC), two leading ladies have headed to Phoenix to repeat their roles. TAYLOR MAHOGANY SCOTT (who played Caroline, an African-American maid in 1963) and PIPER DAVIS (her caring but blunt friend Dotty) have been hired by that city's Black Theatre Troupe for another production of Caroline in the John Paul Theater Dec. 6-23. Artistic Director David Hemphill had trouble finding local talent; he read reviews of NSC's Cincinnati production and approached Artistic Director Alan Patrick Kenny. Scott and Davis left town after NSC's final performance on Nov. 18 for round two. More evidence of the high quality of our great local theater scene. ...

The Cincinnati Playhouse is searching for people who resemble EBENEZER SCROOGE. There are two categories: You can qualify by looking like Dickens' conventional and classic Scrooge, or you can offer your own creative interpretation of a nontraditional version of the old curmudgeon -- a snowman, a dog, your new baby? The winner of each category will receive four tickets to this season's Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol and a photo shoot with Bruce Cromer, the theater's own Scrooge. Send a digital image to scroogelookalike@cincyplay.com by Dec. 5. The Playhouse's production opens on Dec. 6.



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