Theater slows down this time of year as most local
companies are readying to launch their 2015-2016 seasons in September.
You’ll find two newish productions on local stages — Company at The Carnegie in Covington and 9 to 5 at the Incline in East Price Hill. Stephen Sondheim’s Company
is a solid production with a nice turn by Zachary Huffman in the
central role of Robert. There are lots of well-performed tunes by a
young cast and some able musicians. Here’s my review. I’m not so
enthusiastic about the third show of the Incline’s inaugural season: 9 to 5 is a weak offering after the successes of The Producers and 1776.
That’s largely due to a script that’s pretty stale and silly, as I
mentioned in my review. It’s based on a 1980 movie about a chauvinistic
boss and three women who give him his comeuppance. Dolly Parton played a
feisty secretary in the movie and had a hit with its title song. When
the movie became a 2009 stage musical, she wrote the songs. They don’t
add much. Cincinnati Landmark must have pulled out all the stops for the
first two shows this summer; this one looks like they cut some corners.
These two productions continue through Aug. 30.
This is the final weekend for Hundred Days
at Know Theatre. This Rock opera has been an unqualified hit for the
18-year-old Over-the-Rhine venue. I gave it a Critic’s Pick and
I’ve talked with several friends who have gone back to see it a second
time. Abigail and Shaun Bengson sing their way through a tragic love
affair — a marriage cut short by a terminal disease — that ends up
feeling pretty joyous since they choose to celebrate their “100 days” as
if it was the 60-year marriage they had hoped for. Great concept, great
execution. Get a ticket if you can: 513-300-5669
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ambitious artistic director who opens her first full theater season with a show
by Stephen Sondheim. But Maggie Perrino has show biz in her blood — her father,
Tim Perrino, is the force behind Cincinnati Landmark Productions — so she
doesn’t do things halfway.
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