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October 18th, 2008 By Rick Pender | Arts | Posted In: Theater

Stage Door: Deal with the Devil

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There's a lot of good theater around right now. Lots of people are telling me they've enjoyed Durango at the Playhouse (which closes on Sunday), and everyone who sees Know Theater's Reefer Madness: The Musical seems to come away laughing.

But if there's one show that's a must-see right now, I'd point you to The Seafarer at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.

It's an Irish tale of drinking, card-playing and putting your soul at risk. ETC has pulled together a fine cast for this production: You'll get to see Joneal Joplin (who played Scrooge at the Playhouse for many years) as an old drunk who's recently gone blind and Brian Isaac Phillips (artistic director at Cincinnati Shakespeare in a rare onstage appearance) as a reckless gambler in over his head in a card game with the devil. The whole ensemble will draw you into this story which is both funny and scary — and certainly worth seeing.

My review is here. Ticket info is here.

 
 
 
 
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