Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is offering two productions this summer ('Hamlet' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream') that can be enjoyed at city parks and other such areas in Northern Kentucky and Hamilton County. I headed to East Price Hill July 28 for the opening night of 'Hamlet' at Mount Echo Park, one of the many great facilities maintained by the city of Cincinnati's Parks Department.
When playwright Peter Shaffer's 'Equus' opened on Broadway 35 years ago, it wasn't easy to discern his purpose. Had he set out simply to craft a racketing good script with a philosophical undertow for audience members to puzzle over with their after-theater drinks? Or had he aimed higher? Today 'Equus' feels undated if not yet timeless. And it's as provocative as ever, especially in an energized New Edgecliff Theatre production.
Despite a few structural fumbles in the second act of Mark Rigney's 'Nightjars' and the occasional tendency to get knotted up in its own vehemence, the play is an engrossing, in-your-face theater piece. It's the third of three world premiere scripts on view at Northern Kentucky University's biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) new play festival.