by Rick Pender
4 days ago
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Hundred Days? Several hundred years? Theater has a lot to offer this weekend
Did you attend the Cincy Fringe back in 2011? If so, maybe you saw Abigail and Shaun Bengson perform a musical work in progress then called “Songs from the Proof.” They came back in 2012 to present a one-night concert of some of the songs. The work evolved into a show called Hundred Days, which had a staging in San Francisco in early 2014. It’s continued to evolve — and its next incarnation will be onstage at Know Theatre for the next month, opening on Friday and running through Aug. 22. It’s about a young couple who fall in love, only to have their time together cut short by a fatal illness. They decide to live the 100 days they have left as though it were 60 years they had hoped for. Lots of music and creativity have gone into this one, and it promises to be a powerful performance with some great tunes. (Read more in my Curtain Call column in this week’s edition of CityBeat.) Tickets: $25 in advance; rush tickets at the door ($10, if available). Free performances on Wednesdays, but reservations required: 513-300-5669.Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2015-2016 season is beginning as it has for several years with a light-hearted abridgement — but this time it’s The Complete History of America (abridged), opening Friday night and continuing through Aug. 15. The show is the creation of the same nuts responsible for the hilarious Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). It’s the same format: Veteran comic actors Miranda McGee and Justin McCombs, along with newcomer Geoffrey Barnes, will take audiences on a whirlwind tour that sends up America’s greatest hits … and misses. It’s the kind of delirious summer entertainment we’ve come to expect the from our often-more-serious classical theater folks. Tickets ($22-$35): 513-381-2273Last weekend I went to Stanberry Park in Mt. Washington to see The Complete Tom: 3. Abroad, presented by Queen City Flash, Cincinnati’s flash-mob theater company. It’s the third installment of its four-part play cycle of Mark Twain’s tales of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Jim, the runaway slave. It was charmingly performed by Dave Powell, Rico Reid and Trey Tatum — plus some amusing puppets (aka wooden spoons) and a few sheets for ghost stories. This charming episode features the threesome on a trans-Atlantic voyage in a Jules Verne-like airship, meeting a number of interesting characters along the way — played in quick-change manner by the three actors. Free performances begin at 8 p.m. but don’t go to Stanberry Park — they’ll be elsewhere this weekend. In fact, the outdoor locations remain secret until 4 p.m. the day of performance when an email is sent to ticket holders with a map and parking instructions. The show is a lot of fun and great entertainment for kids, and part of the adventure is figuring out where you’re headed. Take a chance! Tickets — no charge — can be reserved at QueenCityFlash.comThis weekend offers the final performances of 1776 at the Incline Theater (513-241-6550) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (859-572-5464). Both are worth seeing.Rick Pender’s STAGE DOOR blog appears here every Friday. Find more theater reviews and feature stories here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Fasten your seat belt — here comes the
2015-2016 theater season. Know Theatre gets bragging rights for being
first out of the local theater gate with Hundred Days, a Rock
& Roll show it played a significant part in developing.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was
established in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote local theater
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday is the long-anticipated opening of Morning Star, Cincinnati Opera’s first world premiere in more than 50 years.
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
A woman pursued by Francis Henshall says,
“I know exactly what he’s after. And if he carries on like this, he’s
going to get it.” In Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors,
Matthew Lewis Johnson plays Henshall in precisely that manner, behaving
manically and getting exactly what this play aims for — unbridled,
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival wrapped up last Saturday, but the glow continues.
Cincinnati Landmark’s Incline Theater is a leap of faith
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Although Tim Perrino and Rodger Pille are
schemers, failure is not on their radar. But creating a hit is
definitely what they have in mind as they prepare to launch the Warsaw
Federal Incline Theater — in fact, it seems they’ve had a lucky charm in
their hip pockets for the past three years.
0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2015
Mike Fotis, a monologist from Minneapolis, puts on a show that’s about as minimal as it can be.
0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2015
Succession, a mesmerizing solo dance work representing a life-cycle journey, is Valerie Green’s first appearance at the Cincinnati Fringe. Pay attention: She’s a welcome addition.
0 Comments · Saturday, May 30, 2015
The most unusual fringe venue for this year’s festival belongs to Squares, the latest entry from dog & pony dc from Washington, D.C.