Theatre Cincinnati opened a revamped version of the delightfully spirited Around The World in 80 Days on Dec. 4 to
a full house. The production is exactly what you would hope for from a
family-friendly holiday show.
Michael Evan Haney, an associate artist at the Cincinnati
ably directs Neil Bartlett adaptation of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens’ classic orphan tale. While it features several songs, it’s definitely not the jaunty 1960 musical Oliver!
Humors’ Lolita achieves three
remarkable things: It honors the source material; it let’s us know that the
revered plot is downright horrifying; and it is side-splittingly hilarious from
start to finish.
Darrow’s gumshoe detective story goes like this: He is a fedora-wearing, gun-toting
man in love with the wrong kind of dame. Man is murdered (bum, bum,
bum!) and with magic tricks, mentalism and plenty of help from game
audience members he solves the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of the crime.
I suppose if you saw it, you might say that Pulling off Procreation is a Fringe-esque meditation on celebrity and fame in a 24/7
“news” culture. You might also say, as I did via my review notes, “OH
MY GOD KILL ME NOW.”