by Rick Pender
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There's a fine community theater production of A Chorus Line
at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. It's by Cincinnati Music
Theatre, and they've recruited a talented cast of dancers, singers and
actors to tell the stories of 16 performers competing for roles in the
chorus of a Broadway show. There are many fine performances in this show
— the characters become known, one by one as they tell their stories,
some humorous, some heartbreaking — but the show's greatest emotional
wallop comes when they are all in synch, wearing glitter and gold, hats
cocked and performing as "One." Final performance is Saturday evening. Tickets: 513-621-2787.
you prefer your theater small and intimate, you might want to head to
the tiny Clifton Performance Theater on Ludlow, just east of the
business district. Untethered Theater opens a production of Wendy
MacLeod's The House of Yes tonight for a three-week run.
It's a very dark comedy about a dysfunctional family obsessed with the
Kennedys. I haven't seen this one, but it's a solid script and the young
Untethered company has a good track record of interesting shows.
Through Dec. 7. Tickets: 513-939-0599.
If you are in the mood for something totally silly, I can recommend the Cincinnati Playhouse's presentation of The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) that opened last evening. (It has a long run, through the holidays, closing on Dec. 29.) It's a world premiere by the same guys who created The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
and other works — several presented at the Playhouse — comically
condensing subject matter like the Bible, great literature and American
history. These guys are the originators of this material, so it's a
special treat to see them at work. If you’ve enjoyed Shakespeare (abridged), you’ll find this right up your alley. The performers are truly adept jokesters,
physical shtick, music, improv — they can do it all. … Also, the Playhouse's excellent production of the legendary Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret winds up on Saturday
evening. (CityBeat review here.) By now, most of the subscribers have attended, so you might be
able to call at the last-minute and get a ticket. Marcia Milgrom
Dodge's production traces back to the roots of the show, adhering
closely to the stories of Berlin in the 1920s that inspired the show.
Worth seeing. Playhouse box office: 513-421-3888.
CityBeat's other reviewer, Stacy Sims, really enjoyed the production of the farce Boeing Boeing
at the Carnegie by CCM Drama. (CityBeat review here.) It's about a Casanova in Paris who's
careful juggling of three flight attendances to whom he's engaged goes
awry when Trans-Atlantic flights happen faster thanks to new aircraft.
Silly but obviously a lot of fun. Through Nov. 24. Tickets: 859-957-1940.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
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So we've moved
into the second half of 2013, as evidenced by last night's American League win in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. That means you might be seeking some theatrical entertainment.
I thought there would be several opportunities, but Untethered Theater Company
just let me know that the Clifton Performance Theater (on Ludlow Avenue) was
flooded during the Independence Day monsoon, so they've had to postpone until
the fall their production of Love/Stories (or, But You Will Get Used
to It) that was scheduled to open last week. But never fear: The Showboat rides
on the Ohio above the flood and is offering a classic musical, Big River.
There couldn't be a more perfect show for summertime on the
river — this tuneful version of the story of Huck Finn and his friend Jim, a
runaway slave, is a timeless classic. Roger Miller's award-winning score is one
that many people (myself included) love, and there's plenty of comedy to keep
everyone entertained. Mark Twain's sense of humor is front and center as we see
Huck and Tom Sawyer get into and out of scrapes, Huck's drunken dad making life
difficult, and a pair of ne'er do wells who are out to fleece people with an
entertainment. Fear not, they'll just be entertaining audiences on board the
majestic, not picking pockets. Big River runs through Sunday, July 28.
Clifton Performance Theatre production ranges from vicious to witty and back again
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play, staged by Mark Lutwak, who is the Cincinnati Playhouse's education
director (and also York's husband), is a ribald comedy with a point to
make about aging and superficial behavior.