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September 30th, 2011 By Rick Pender | Arts | Posted In: Theater

Stage Door: A Play About (and For) Thinkers

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bruce cromer Bruce Cromer in A Man for All Seasons - Rich Sofranko

This weekend one of the finest actors in our area, Bruce Cromer, will conclude a run in A Man for All Seasons at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He's handling the heady, demanding role of Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's 1962 Tony Award winning play. Cromer makes him witty, caring, sharp and cantankerous, an admirable verbal combatant — ultimately more fearful of being unfaithful to his conscience than to his king. It's a tour-de-force performance, worthy of praise wherever it might be presented. (Read my full review here.)

We're lucky to have Cromer working locally; he's a professor of theater at Wright State University and he's a regular at the Cincinnati Playhouse as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (he played Bob Cratchitt for several years before stepping into the leading role). But Cromer is a versatile performer, as we've seen in roles at Cincy Shakes from King Lear and George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to a thoughtful psychologist in Blue/Orange at Ensemble Theatre.

A Man for All Seasons is a show that makes you think — and admire others who are good at thinking. It's one you shouldn't miss. Through Sunday. Tickets: 513-381-2273.

 
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