by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 08:46 AM | Permalink
If you missed my
recommendations last September about seeing the Tony Award-winning
musical next to normal at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati,
you have a reprieve. Starting today, the show is back for a two-week
revival. It’s the story of a woman struggling with paranoid
schizophrenia and how it affects her family; that might not sound
like the stuff that musicals are made of, but it uses the power of a
brilliant Rock score to deliver the impact of this story. ETC has
reassembled all of the superb cast, including Jessica Hendy in the
central role; the one role that needed a new performer is that of the
beleaguered husband, and ETC has lined up one of our area’s best
actors, Bruce Cromer. Tickets are being snapped up already, but this
is the hot show to be seen at the moment. Box office: 513-421-3555
The Showboat Majestic
just opened a production of the classic comedy Arsenic and Old
Lace. It won’t break any new ground, but it is one of the
funniest shows you’re likely to see, the tale of an off-kilter set
of relatives who keep their quite normal nephew astonished and
scrambling to keep them in line. His aunts take in boarders, quiet
elderly men who are alone in the world, and polish them off with
elderberry wine laced with arsenic; they convince their addled
brother, who believes he’s Teddy Roosevelt, to bury them in the
basement by telling him they’re victims of yellow fever who have
been working on digging the Panama Canal. There’s lots more, but
you get the picture. Box office: 513-241-6550
Another stage full of
laughs is available from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in the form
of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
It’s your chance to see at least a passing mention of all the
Bard’s works — although many are completely unrecognizable,
thanks the three buffoonish characters who undertake the task. The
second act is a wild send-up of Hamlet that involves the audience.
There’s never a dull moment, and the CSC actors seem to especially
relish the task of poking fun at their usual fare. Box office:
Summer is the season
for lighter entertainment at the Commonwealth Dinner Theater, on
campus at Northern Kentucky University. They’re offering Neil
Simon’s Plaza Suite, a glimpse into the relationships
of three couples that occupy the same suite at the Plaza Hotel in New
York City. One couple is celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary
in the same room where they honeymooned; another is an oft-married
Hollywood producer who’s hoping for an encounter; the third is a
mother and father trying to coax their bride-to-be daughter out of
the locked bathroom and downstairs to the impatient wedding guests.
Box office: 859-572-5464
Each week in Stage
Door, Rick Pender offers theater tips for the weekend, often with a few pieces
of theater news.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The most successful Cincinnati Fringe
Festival since the annual event’s launch in 2004 wrapped up on June 9,
boasting a nearly 9 percent increase in overall attendance compared to
2011, from 7,177 to 7,728. More than 230 artists performed, and the
number of sold-out performances, 24, set a new record.
Freaky fixture in local arts scene brings creativity, community
2 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2012
The most successful
Cincinnati Fringe Festival since the annual event’s launch in 2004
wrapped up on June 9, boasting a nearly 9 percent increase in overall
attendance compared to 2011, from 7,177 to 7,728. More than 230 artists
performed, and the number of sold-out performances, 24, set a new
by Danny Cross
Posted In: Theater
at 02:23 PM | Permalink
Two more nights of creative theater at Know — two more nights!
You've probably heard by now that the
ninth annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival has been underway for the
past week or so. If not, you clearly didn't come across CityBeat's
Cincy Fringe hub, where we've been collecting previews, reviews and
ongoing coverage of the fest since even before Day 1.
Since you only have two more nights to
enjoy the final few productions, here's a rundown of everything we
Peruse CityBeat's Cincy Fringe
hub here, where you'll find reviews of all 32 performances.
Check out the official Fringe Festival
guide here, where you'll also find a schedule that includes Friday
and Saturday night's final shows.
“Marching Through the 2012 Fringe,”
CityBeat issue of June 6.
Check out what people are saying about
@CincyFringe on Twitter here.
And here's a little something on
Homegrown Theatre, a company created by native Cincinnatians and is
performing The Doppelganger Cometh and Overtaketh at the Emery
Theater tonight and Saturday night.
0 Comments · Thursday, June 7, 2012
Fringe shows aren’t common, but Psophonia brings a playful, even
childlike romp to the Festival with Delicious.
As frequent Cincy Fringe participants, the Houston-based, all-female
modern dance company more often has focused on women’s issues. But
as with their previous Fringe shows, Co-Artistic Directors Sonia
Noriega and Sophia L. Torres once again go all out on eye-catching
costumes, props and other visual elements in this series of brief
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
As CityBeat’s June 6 issue goes to
press, the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is about half over. All 29
shows have opened and a few have concluded their runs. You still have several chances to see
some great shows before the Fringe concludes on Saturday.
0 Comments · Tuesday, June 5, 2012
And now for something
completely different, as the Monty Python guys used to say: Four
Humors Theater, back for another year at the Cincinnati Fringe, brings
a wholly different — and totally charming — piece for audiences
of all ages, Bombus and Berrylinne.
0 Comments · Saturday, June 2, 2012
mistakes Madeline made, which give title to this 75-minute excursion
into wanton lack of bathing and job despair, are exactly those our
heroine Edna adopts as her personal route to coming of age and
meeting life on its own terms.
how-do-we-get-grown-up story seems appropriate for the annual intern
project at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC), this year the work of
five actors, directed by fellow intern Jenny Estill.
0 Comments · Sunday, June 3, 2012
In her director’s
notes for The Doppelganger Cometh and Overtaketh, Leah
Strasser says, “We hope you find this play as funny as we do,
because we still laugh every time we hear it.” If that was the goal
of Strasser, who also plays a central role, and her colleagues who
have announced the birth of Homegrown Theater, a new local company,
I’m afraid I need to say “Better luck next time.”
0 Comments · Sunday, June 3, 2012
most engaging of the three dances presented by The Space/Movement
Project in Kiss Kiss Missiles: A Retrospectacle is the
first, with all five of the company’s dancers barefoot and wearing
costumes that could almost have come out of their everyday closets
with a sash or a ribbon added for the stage. A dancer wearing a
flaring red skirt and dark top appears in movement as slim and supple
as pulled taffy.