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April 9th, 2010 By Rick Pender | Arts | Posted In: Theater

Stage Door: Heavy Drama This Weekend

If you can't find some good theater to attend this weekend, you simply aren't looking. I'm sure that fans of musicals will be heading to the Aronoff to check out the tour of Mary Poppins, and for a meaty dramatic classic, you simply can't go wrong with Angels in America at Know Theatre (read my review here). But let me offer a tip on a show you've certainly never seen but that's likely to have people talking: It's the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's world premiere of David Bar Katz's The History of Invulnerability.

This piece has a little bit of everything: Nostalgia for comic books, humor as Superman and his creator, Jerry Siegel, spar with one another about what it means to be a hero and some serious drama as we watch how Siegel's creation from the late '30s played out for Jews in Nazi concentration camps, hoping for a latter-day savior, an invulnerable hero who could come to their rescue.

It's also a visual feast, with the entire Shelterhouse Theater decorated with comic book art recalling pulp publications from the middle of the 20th century — the walls, video screens, even the floor of the stage are covered with constantly changing images.

The Playhouse has given Cincinnati several gifts during its 50th anniversary season, but this one might be the best one yet. For tickets: 513-421-3888 or click here. For more info, click here.

 
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