One of America’s most important
theatrical events happens annually just 100 miles south of Cincinnati
via I-71: the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors
Theatre of Louisville, kicking off its 38th year this week
Cincinnati Shakespeare has deeply enhanced the experience of both of these classic works, separated by four centuries in their creation, but sharing common philosophical ground in their exploration of the meaning of existence.
Falcon Theater’s production of Theresa Rebeck’s 2011
play Seminar opened strong in the
small, charming Monmouth Theatre in Newport, Ky. Rebeck, a Cincinnati native
now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a triple-threat writer who has had success as
a novelist, playwright and TV writer.
“I’ve always lived with one foot in an
imaginary world. I’ve never grown out of that,” Mary Zimmerman says.
When she was a child, her academic parents took her along for stays in
England and France. A British teacher read to her from Homer’s Odyssey,and Zimmerman, at age 5, was captivated.
On a cold Friday night, Untethered Theatre opened Samuel Brett Williams’ Revelation
to a packed and receptive house in the Clifton Performance Theatre
(CPT), a home they share with Clifton Players. It’s an amazement to see
how both companies use this tiny space innovatively.
Bruce Norris’ award-winning Clybourne Park (Tony,
Olivier and Pulitzer Prize) employs clever writing and vivid characters
to aim squarely at issues such as racism and intolerance that we might
think we have moved beyond.
Know Theatre is presently staging Steve Yockey’s new play Pluto,
the second of four “rolling world premieres.” The work is not easy to
describe, to watch or to like. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing —
but it’s challenging.
Ready to move beyond the predictable in your pursuit of holiday theater? Three shows offer varied choices. A Klingon Christmas Carol gets its local premiere by Hugo West Theatricals at the Art Academy of Cincinnati through Dec. 22.
Theatre Cincinnati opened a revamped version of the delightfully spirited Around The World in 80 Days on Dec. 4 to
a full house. The production is exactly what you would hope for from a
family-friendly holiday show.
It’s early December and time for you to
decide which hip holiday show you want to take in. Of course, you just
missed last weekend’s tour stop of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,
a musical adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss tale about the green
meanie Christmas hater, a latter-day Ebenezer Scrooge.