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By Rick Pender · October 26th, 2005 · Curtain Call
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  Todd Almond will re-create his CEA-winningperformance from I Am My Own Wife in Louisville.
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Todd Almond will re-create his CEA-winningperformance from I Am My Own Wife in Louisville.



Seven months ago ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CINCINNATI (ETC) staged one of its most memorable productions in years, Doug Wright's moving and complex I AM MY OWN WIFE, in which actor TODD ALMOND played 38 separate characters, male/female, young/old, German/American -- on and on. ETC's production of the Pulitzer Prize winner was named the outstanding premiere of the 2004-2005 season by Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in August, and Almond was cited as the season's outstanding visiting actor. And now more good news: ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. LYNN MEYERS has been invited to re-stage I Am My Own Wife at Actors Theatre of Louisville, with Almond reprising his performance. It's a major coup for the Over-the-Rhine theater, the first time in its 20-year history that a production has moved to another theater. The fact that it's going to Actors Theater, one of America's most renowned regional theaters and a showcase for new works annually, is especially noteworthy. If you missed Almond's breathtaking performance last March, you'll find this reprise worth a drive to Louisville. The show will be presented in Actors Theatre's Victor Jory Theatre, Jan. 19-Feb. 5. Tickets: 502-584-1205.

In addition to what I do for CityBeat, I am the managing editor of The Sondheim Review. On Oct. 19, I traveled to New York City to interview Stephen Sondheim before an audience of 150 company presidents and CEOs.

Seven months ago ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CINCINNATI (ETC) staged one of its most memorable productions in years, Doug Wright's moving and complex I AM MY OWN WIFE, in which actor TODD ALMOND played 38 separate characters, male/female, young/old, German/American -- on and on. ETC's production of the Pulitzer Prize winner was named the outstanding premiere of the 2004-2005 season by Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in August, and Almond was cited as the season's outstanding visiting actor. And now more good news: ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. LYNN MEYERS has been invited to re-stage I Am My Own Wife at Actors Theatre of Louisville, with Almond reprising his performance. It's a major coup for the Over-the-Rhine theater, the first time in its 20-year history that a production has moved to another theater. The fact that it's going to Actors Theater, one of America's most renowned regional theaters and a showcase for new works annually, is especially noteworthy. If you missed Almond's breathtaking performance last March, you'll find this reprise worth a drive to Louisville. The show will be presented in Actors Theatre's Victor Jory Theatre, Jan. 19-Feb. 5. Tickets: 502-584-1205. ...

In addition to what I do for CityBeat, I am the managing editor of The Sondheim Review. On Oct. 19, I traveled to New York City to interview Stephen Sondheim before an audience of 150 company presidents and CEOs. The legendary composer/lyricist and I talked about the new Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, which officially opens Nov.

3 and stars Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris. British director John Doyle has imported the concept he presented in London in which actors also serve as musicians; Doyle comes to Cincinnati next spring to take a similar approach to Sondheim's COMPANY (March 16-April 14, 2006). Sondheim says it excites him when a director takes a new approach with one of his works. "I'm not interested in seeing a show I created staged in the same way. I love it when I see it in a whole new light." ...

My trip to New York also afforded an opportunity to see the Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza, which now features AARON LAZAR, a 2000 CCM grad. Lazar's charm and disarming boyishness are perfect for playing Fabrizio, the young Italian man who falls in love with an American girl traveling with her protective mother in Italy in 1953. For a full review of the production plus Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, go to

  Todd Almond will re-create his CEA-winningperformance from I Am My Own Wife in Louisville.
Sandy Underwood

Todd Almond will re-create his CEA-winningperformance from I Am My Own Wife in Louisville.



Seven months ago ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CINCINNATI (ETC) staged one of its most memorable productions in years, Doug Wright's moving and complex I AM MY OWN WIFE, in which actor TODD ALMOND played 38 separate characters, male/female, young/old, German/American -- on and on. ETC's production of the Pulitzer Prize winner was named the outstanding premiere of the 2004-2005 season by Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in August, and Almond was cited as the season's outstanding visiting actor. And now more good news: ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. LYNN MEYERS has been invited to re-stage I Am My Own Wife at Actors Theatre of Louisville, with Almond reprising his performance. It's a major coup for the Over-the-Rhine theater, the first time in its 20-year history that a production has moved to another theater. The fact that it's going to Actors Theater, one of America's most renowned regional theaters and a showcase for new works annually, is especially noteworthy. If you missed Almond's breathtaking performance last March, you'll find this reprise worth a drive to Louisville. The show will be presented in Actors Theatre's Victor Jory Theatre, Jan. 19-Feb. 5. Tickets: 502-584-1205.

In addition to what I do for CityBeat, I am the managing editor of The Sondheim Review. On Oct. 19, I traveled to New York City to interview Stephen Sondheim before an audience of 150 company presidents and CEOs.

Seven months ago ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CINCINNATI (ETC) staged one of its most memorable productions in years, Doug Wright's moving and complex I AM MY OWN WIFE, in which actor TODD ALMOND played 38 separate characters, male/female, young/old, German/American -- on and on. ETC's production of the Pulitzer Prize winner was named the outstanding premiere of the 2004-2005 season by Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in August, and Almond was cited as the season's outstanding visiting actor. And now more good news: ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. LYNN MEYERS has been invited to re-stage I Am My Own Wife at Actors Theatre of Louisville, with Almond reprising his performance. It's a major coup for the Over-the-Rhine theater, the first time in its 20-year history that a production has moved to another theater. The fact that it's going to Actors Theater, one of America's most renowned regional theaters and a showcase for new works annually, is especially noteworthy. If you missed Almond's breathtaking performance last March, you'll find this reprise worth a drive to Louisville. The show will be presented in Actors Theatre's Victor Jory Theatre, Jan. 19-Feb. 5. Tickets: 502-584-1205. ...

In addition to what I do for CityBeat, I am the managing editor of The Sondheim Review. On Oct. 19, I traveled to New York City to interview Stephen Sondheim before an audience of 150 company presidents and CEOs. The legendary composer/lyricist and I talked about the new Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, which officially opens Nov. 3 and stars Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris. British director John Doyle has imported the concept he presented in London in which actors also serve as musicians; Doyle comes to Cincinnati next spring to take a similar approach to Sondheim's COMPANY (March 16-April 14, 2006). Sondheim says it excites him when a director takes a new approach with one of his works. "I'm not interested in seeing a show I created staged in the same way. I love it when I see it in a whole new light." ...

My trip to New York also afforded an opportunity to see the Tony Award-winning The Light in the Piazza, which now features AARON LAZAR, a 2000 CCM grad. Lazar's charm and disarming boyishness are perfect for playing Fabrizio, the young Italian man who falls in love with an American girl traveling with her protective mother in Italy in 1953. For a full review of the production plus Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, go to citybeat.com. ...

Another Halloween option is the Gothic Broadway musical JEKYLL & HYDE, in a concert version presented by the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall, Friday-Sunday. The title role is played by ROBERT EVAN, who played the scientist/serial killer on Broadway for three years -- 600 performances. Kate Shindle, 1998 Miss America, has played the role of Lucy on Broadway, and she'll re-create it here. Pops Conductor Erich Kunzel says the performance features Frank Wildhorn's full score, including "This Is The Moment." He adds, "It's presented with costumes and props and is really well staged." Since the Pops is on tour in China, this production uses its own ensemble of musicians. Tickets: 513-381-3300. ...

Paul Rudnick's JEFFREY was a 2004 hit for OVATION THEATRE COMPANY, so it's only natural that they'd bring it back for the company's first-ever five-show season. This one-week return engagement (Wednesday-Saturday) is the story of a gay actor in New York, played by MICHAEL MONKS, who decides to forego sex to avoid the threat of AIDS. Of course, that's the moment he meets the right guy -- who's HIV positive. Monks says, "Paul Rudnick has an amazing talent for keeping you in tears all night. But it's the perfect mix of happy and sad -- mostly happy though." At the Aronoff's Fifth Third Bank Theater. Tickets: 513-621-2787.



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