by Rick Pender
16 days ago
Posted In: Theater
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Getting Down and Dirty After Hours
I’m in New York City this week to check out some Broadway
shows, so I’m missing the opening night of the Cincinnati Playhouse’s
production of Low Down Dirty Blues. It’s the holiday “alternative” to A Christmas Carol,
and alternative it is. It’s set in a nameless Blues club on Chicago’s
South Side that’s closing for the night. But that’s just when the party
heats up as a group of musicians assembles for an after-hours jam
session to swap stories and perform favorite tunes, especially numbers
from the bawdier side of the Blues, tunes by the likes of Muddy Waters,
Howlin’ Wolf, Big Mama Thornton and more. “It is a spicier kind of Blues,
specifically one that has two sides to it," says Dan Wheetman, the production’s co-creator
and music director. "On one hand, it is a more
intimate look, it is a smaller group and a smaller palate… It’s a
story about the people, these people in this club and their stories,
which includes the music but it is more of a personal talk about what
brought them to where they are.” I’m eager to see it. Onstage through
Dec. 20. Tickets: 513-421-3555
It’s that time of year when families begin thinking about
going to the theater together. Getting an early start are musical
productions for the entire family. Once choice is Seussical,
based on the works of Dr. Seuss, at Northern Kentucky University. It
opened on Thursday and continues through Nov. 22. Tickets: 859-572-5464 …
The other is a production of the musical Mary Poppins by
Cincinnati Music Theatre at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.
This is perhaps the city’s most ambitious community theater company,
typically undertaking big musicals and doing a good job with them. It
opens tonight and continues through Nov. 21. Tickets: 513-621-2787 … If
you miss the latter, you’ll have a chance to see a different production:
The Covedale Center will be presenting it Nov. 27-Dec. 27.
Continuing and finishing: A keep-’em-guessing murder mystery with just two characters, Sleuth, continues its run at the Carnegie through Nov. 22. (Tickets: 859-957-1940)… This is the final weekend for Mad River Rising at the Cincinnati Playhouse (final performance is Saturday; tickets: 513-421-3888); Andy’s House of [BLANK], an original musical at Know Theater (also winding up on Saturday; tickets: 513-300-5669); and an old-fashioned farce, Fox on the Fairway, at the Covedale (Sunday’s matinee is your last chance; tickets: 513-241-6550).
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When the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park kicks off its 50th anniversary season this fall, Ed Stern will be in his 18th year as producing artistic director. That's a remarkably long tenure as a theater leader, but he has an uncanny knack for offering tried-and-true classics alongside works by rising playwrights.