Because we all have parents and many of
us have children, plays about adults’ impact on their offspring
typically resonate with audiences. The results can be for better or for
worse, as evidenced by two plays currently on Cincinnati stages.
Harper Lee passed away last month, but
her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of justice and racial inequality lives
on, not only as a novel and its memorable cinematic rendition, but also
in Christopher Sergel’s theatrical adaptation.
Finding genuine but previously unknown or
long-lost manuscripts can be a publisher’s dream. Narratives by early
American writers — as diverse as pioneer midwives or former slaves — still create minor sensations and career-enhancing moments for scholars.
What makes Bruce Cromer one of our
region’s best actors? He’s especially good at virtuous characters such
as Atticus Finch, the admirable, broadminded attorney in To Kill a Mockingbird, a role he’s currently playing for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC).
is about the importance of tolerance and understanding, something not
achieved in these circumstances but that seems possible eventually.
Those sparks of hope have made this a meaningful tale for a
half-century, and CSC has brought the story to life.