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By Rick Pender · March 1st, 2006 · Curtain Call
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  In the Continuum, written and performed by Nikkole Salter (left) and Danai Gurira (right), is a likely production for the Cincinnati Playhouse's 2006-2007 season.
James Leynse

In the Continuum, written and performed by Nikkole Salter (left) and Danai Gurira (right), is a likely production for the Cincinnati Playhouse's 2006-2007 season.



How about a column of rumor mongering? Let's start with shows you might see in Cincinnati next season. A 24-city tour has been announced for DOUBT, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner (it also earned best play prizes from the Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, the Lortel and the Obies). Cities haven't been named publicly, but I'd say the odds are good that one stop will be here. Given the subscriber base provided by Broadway in Cincinnati, we'll likely see John Patrick Shanley's play, which is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. It's the story of a strong-minded nun who faces a difficult decision: Should she voice concerns about one of her male colleagues, even if she's not certain of the truth? CHERRY JONES, who created Sister Aloysius role on Broadway and earned a Tony for doing so, will tour.

Listening to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition on Feb. 12, I was intrigued by a story about a two-woman play, IN THE CONTINUUM, which began as a grad school acting project. Actresses Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira play black women with HIV, one a teenaged African-American, the other a newsreader for Zimbabwe Broadcasting. The play covers a 48-hour period when both women learn they've been infected by the men in their lives, the play won a Global Tolerance Award at the United Nations; it was staged at several small theaters in New York City.

How about a column of rumor mongering? Let's start with shows you might see in Cincinnati next season. A 24-city tour has been announced for DOUBT, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner (it also earned best play prizes from the Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, the Lortel and the Obies). Cities haven't been named publicly, but I'd say the odds are good that one stop will be here. Given the subscriber base provided by Broadway in Cincinnati, we'll likely see John Patrick Shanley's play, which is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. It's the story of a strong-minded nun who faces a difficult decision: Should she voice concerns about one of her male colleagues, even if she's not certain of the truth? CHERRY JONES, who created Sister Aloysius role on Broadway and earned a Tony for doing so, will tour. ...

Listening to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition on Feb. 12, I was intrigued by a story about a two-woman play, IN THE CONTINUUM, which began as a grad school acting project. Actresses Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira play black women with HIV, one a teenaged African-American, the other a newsreader for Zimbabwe Broadcasting. The play covers a 48-hour period when both women learn they've been infected by the men in their lives, the play won a Global Tolerance Award at the United Nations; it was staged at several small theaters in New York City. It's touring to Zimbabwe shortly. Come September it will be presented in several American cities, including Cincinnati. The CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE has not yet announced its 2006-2007 season, but I'll wager that we'll see In the Continuum on the Shelterhouse stage this fall. ...

The next rumor has to do not so much with what you'll see onstage, but where: Several sources report that a set of small theater groups -- the KNOW THEATRE TRIBE, the CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL and NEW STAGE COLLECTIVE (NSC) -- will be the beneficiaries of a generous donor who plans to acquire a building that will become a performance space in Over-the-Rhine.

Know has performed regularly at Gabriel's Corner (at Sycamore and Liberty) since its founding in the late 1990s; the Fringe and NSC have been gypsies, presenting shows in various locations downtown and elsewhere. NSC recently announced its summer season (Curtain Call, issue of Feb. 24) without naming locations for three productions -- A Number (June 21-July 1), The Full Monty (July 6-29) and The Book of Liz (Aug. 3-26). It's a good possibility they'll be staged at the new building, on Jackson Street, between 12th Street and Central Parkway, east of the new Gateway Garage. With its proximity to the new Art Academy of Cincinnati and about a block from Ensemble Theatre, the new facility enhances the area CityBeat has promoted as an "arts district" since 1999. ...

This one's not a rumor: It's a certain hit. THE CATHOLIC GIRL'S GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR VIRGINITY, a new play by ANNIE HENDY, a grad of St. Ursula High School and UC's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has extended its run at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. That means at least nine weeks of sold-out performances since its January opening. The play was put on its feet in mid-December in private rehearsals here in Cincinnati, directed by CCM theater professor RICHARD HESS. LA Weekly says, "Hendy's charm and self-deprecating humor make the bubbly stuff easy to swallow. ...

Hess' comfortable and well-paced direction makes the most of the small, bare stage as his leading lady strips off her inhibitions, fears, past hurts, protective walls and girlish white-horse fantasies." The play also stars DAVID ZELINA, a Sycamore High and CCM grad. In CityBeat's Jan. 4 issue, I described the show as a likely candidate for Cincinnati's 2006 Fringe Festival. Hess confirms it's been selected for presentation in June. Last year, he directed the CEA award-winning alternative production, Don't Look Down.



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  In the Continuum, written and performed by Nikkole Salter (left) and Danai Gurira (right), is a likely production for the Cincinnati Playhouse's 2006-2007 season.
James Leynse

In the Continuum, written and performed by Nikkole Salter (left) and Danai Gurira (right), is a likely production for the Cincinnati Playhouse's 2006-2007 season.



How about a column of rumor mongering? Let's start with shows you might see in Cincinnati next season. A 24-city tour has been announced for DOUBT, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner (it also earned best play prizes from the Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, the Lortel and the Obies). Cities haven't been named publicly, but I'd say the odds are good that one stop will be here. Given the subscriber base provided by Broadway in Cincinnati, we'll likely see John Patrick Shanley's play, which is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. It's the story of a strong-minded nun who faces a difficult decision: Should she voice concerns about one of her male colleagues, even if she's not certain of the truth? CHERRY JONES, who created Sister Aloysius role on Broadway and earned a Tony for doing so, will tour.

Listening to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition on Feb. 12, I was intrigued by a story about a two-woman play, IN THE CONTINUUM, which began as a grad school acting project. Actresses Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira play black women with HIV, one a teenaged African-American, the other a newsreader for Zimbabwe Broadcasting. The play covers a 48-hour period when both women learn they've been infected by the men in their lives, the play won a Global Tolerance Award at the United Nations; it was staged at several small theaters in New York City.

How about a column of rumor mongering? Let's start with shows you might see in Cincinnati next season. A 24-city tour has been announced for DOUBT, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner (it also earned best play prizes from the Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, the Lortel and the Obies). Cities haven't been named publicly, but I'd say the odds are good that one stop will be here. Given the subscriber base provided by Broadway in Cincinnati, we'll likely see John Patrick Shanley's play, which is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. It's the story of a strong-minded nun who faces a difficult decision: Should she voice concerns about one of her male colleagues, even if she's not certain of the truth? CHERRY JONES, who created Sister Aloysius role on Broadway and earned a Tony for doing so, will tour. ...

Listening to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition on Feb. 12, I was intrigued by a story about a two-woman play, IN THE CONTINUUM, which began as a grad school acting project. Actresses Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira play black women with HIV, one a teenaged African-American, the other a newsreader for Zimbabwe Broadcasting. The play covers a 48-hour period when both women learn they've been infected by the men in their lives, the play won a Global Tolerance Award at the United Nations; it was staged at several small theaters in New York City. It's touring to Zimbabwe shortly. Come September it will be presented in several American cities, including Cincinnati. The CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE has not yet announced its 2006-2007 season, but I'll wager that we'll see In the Continuum on the Shelterhouse stage this fall. ...

The next rumor has to do not so much with what you'll see onstage, but where: Several sources report that a set of small theater groups -- the KNOW THEATRE TRIBE, the CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL and NEW STAGE COLLECTIVE (NSC) -- will be the beneficiaries of a generous donor who plans to acquire a building that will become a performance space in Over-the-Rhine. Know has performed regularly at Gabriel's Corner (at Sycamore and Liberty) since its founding in the late 1990s; the Fringe and NSC have been gypsies, presenting shows in various locations downtown and elsewhere. NSC recently announced its summer season (Curtain Call, issue of Feb. 24) without naming locations for three productions -- A Number (June 21-July 1), The Full Monty (July 6-29) and The Book of Liz (Aug. 3-26). It's a good possibility they'll be staged at the new building, on Jackson Street, between 12th Street and Central Parkway, east of the new Gateway Garage. With its proximity to the new Art Academy of Cincinnati and about a block from Ensemble Theatre, the new facility enhances the area CityBeat has promoted as an "arts district" since 1999. ...

This one's not a rumor: It's a certain hit. THE CATHOLIC GIRL'S GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR VIRGINITY, a new play by ANNIE HENDY, a grad of St. Ursula High School and UC's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has extended its run at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. That means at least nine weeks of sold-out performances since its January opening. The play was put on its feet in mid-December in private rehearsals here in Cincinnati, directed by CCM theater professor RICHARD HESS. LA Weekly says, "Hendy's charm and self-deprecating humor make the bubbly stuff easy to swallow. ...

Hess' comfortable and well-paced direction makes the most of the small, bare stage as his leading lady strips off her inhibitions, fears, past hurts, protective walls and girlish white-horse fantasies." The play also stars DAVID ZELINA, a Sycamore High and CCM grad. In CityBeat's Jan. 4 issue, I described the show as a likely candidate for Cincinnati's 2006 Fringe Festival. Hess confirms it's been selected for presentation in June. Last year, he directed the CEA award-winning alternative production, Don't Look Down.



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