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.
It’s a rare organization that can pull off a show so demanding. I guess
that makes Cincinnati Music Theatre rare, because their present
production of A Chorus Line offers excellent dancing, spectacular singing and acting performances that will make audiences laugh and break your heart.
The philosophy picked up by Flashdance: The Musical’s
welder/wanna-be-dancer Alex (Jillian Mueller) from her mentor is that
trying and falling is better than not trying at all. Its touring production
is still trying, including its current stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff
Center. And it does have its moments, mostly when the energetic cast is
Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men
are victims of bigotry and persecution, and life is treated callously.
Lennie and George’s friendship, built on
familiarity and kindness, is sadly trampled by an uncaring world, quick
to judge and destroy. This is a deeply moving production.
The play’s title, a distillation of its
evolution of emotion and circumstance, is a lyric from an obscure Rock
tune, and it’s an apt précis of the story’s arc. The script could easily
have descended into a soap opera-like drama or a silly comedy, but it
does not. Gionfriddo is a masterful writer of witty, provocative
dialogue, and her characters are painfully real.
Though he hails from Massachusetts and
lives in New York City, Mike Birbiglia has an affinity for Cincinnati
and Go Bananas Comedy Club. Through the fall, he will be visiting three
of his favorite comedy clubs — including Go Bananas — to work out
material for an upcoming theater tour, which will commence in January.
Wartime tortures its victims long beyond the battlefields
and combat. Especially when a war tears apart the population of a single
nation, the scars run deep, last long and profoundly change lives.
That’s the circumstance of the characters in Martín Zimmerman’s Seven Spots on the Sun, receiving its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse.