The Cincinnati Playhouse announced its 2014-15 season on Monday.
I’m especially looking forward to Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Circle Mirror Transformation, as well as the premiere production, Safe House.
Here’s what’s coming our way, in chronological order:
- Jeffrey Hatcher’s new whodunit featuring the world’s favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club. (Marx Theatre, Sept. 6-Oct. 4, 2014)
- I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, adapted from foodie Giulia Melucci’s hilarious memoir. (Shelterhouse Theatre, Sept. 27-Oct. 26, 2014)
- A world premiere by up-and-coming playwright and Cincinnati native Keith Josef Adkins, Safe House, inspired by his Kentucky ancestors. (Marx Theatre, Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 2014)
- Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,
which traces America’s favorite girl singer from her Cincinnati
childhood and Hollywood stardom to triumphant comeback.
It’s by the
local team of composer Janet Yates Vogt and writer Mark Friedman.
(Shelterhouse Theatre, Nov. 15-Dec. 28)
- The season also includes Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, back for its 24th year. (Marx Theatre, Nov. 26-Dec. 28, 2014)
- A new version of the recent Broadway show, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, directed by and featuring the star of the Broadway production, Jason Edwards. (Marx Theatre, Jan. 17-Feb. 15, 2015)
- The second U.S. production of an offbeat love story, Chapatti, a tasty new comedy of misadventures involving love and pets. (Shelterhouse Theatre, Feb. 7-March 8, 2015)
- Peter and the Starcatcher, the magical, family-friendly Peter Pan prequel that hooked five Tony Awards. (Marx Theatre, March 7-April 4, 2015)
- A compelling, darkly funny new play by Tracey Scott Wilson, Buzzer, getting its world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre this month. (Shelterhouse Theatre, March 21-April 19, 2015)
- The 2013 Tony Award-winning best play, Christopher Durang’s hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, full of echoes of Anton Chekhov. (Marx Theatre, April 25-May 23, 2015)
- The comic off-Broadway hit Circle Mirror Transformation, winner of the 2009 Obie Award for best new American play. (Shelterhouse Theatre, May 9-June 7, 2015)
In a recent conversation, Artistic Director Blake Robison
described his program priorities and told me the Playhouse takes them
seriously. “Variety is one of our hallmarks. We’re always going to make
sure there are new works and culturally diverse works and that there are
family-friendly or multigenerational things. We will find ways to
continue to support and entertain the traditional audience while
reaching out in various directions to new audiences. It’s our
responsibility to bring the best theatrical material both old and new to
I’d say Robison’s third season sticks to his priorities.