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September 20th, 2011 By Rick Pender | Arts |

LCT Recognizes Theater Productions

Still a few kinks to be worked out

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god_6The cast of GOD OF CARNAGE at Cincinnati Playhouse - Sandy Underwood

The League of Cincinnati Theatres still has some kinks to work out in terms of sending out timely announcements of what they’re calling awards (last year they were nominations) for current productions. Despite the fact that the Cincinnati Playhouse’s God of Carnage opened on Sept. 7 and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s A Man for All Seasons got rolling on Sept. 9, information regarding what’s being recognized has only been distributed on Sept. 20. (Awards for Clifton Performance Theatre’s production of Superior Donuts, which opened on Sept. 9 and closed Sept. 18, were announced on Sept. 13.)

For their work in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s season-opening production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage, director Ed Stern and the cast have been recognized. The show, a nasty piece about two sets of parents who behave badly. The cast includes Eva Kaminsky, Anthony Marble, Susan Louise O’Connor and Triney Sandoval. LCT panelists described them as “a true ensemble.” The show runs through Oct. 1

For his performance in Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons as a variety of characters under the collective title of “The Common Man,” actor Jeremy Dubin’s performance was cited with an award for featured actor in a play. Dubin is currently in his 12th season at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where A Man for All Seasons runs through Oct. 2. Dubin did a fine job in his collection of small roles, but I’m mystified as to why LCT panelists chose not to recognize Bruce Cromer’s magnificent performance as the principled Sir Thomas More.

What’s more, there’s yet to be any recognition for Ensemble Theatre’s runaway hit production, the Rock musical Next to Normal, which closes on Sept. 25. The entire cast is worthy of an ensemble recognition, but at the very least, Jessica Hendy should be cited for her work as bipolar mom Diana Goodman, as should Mia Gentile as Natalie, Diana’s neglected daughter, and Mike Schwitter as her idealized son Gabe. Brian Mehring’s ETC sets are always imaginative, but this one exceeds his usual high standards. ETC didn’t really need awards to have a string of sold-out performances — word of mouth seems to have done that — but it’s a shame that recognition for this powerful show has still not been announced.

 
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