0 Comments · Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As the final weeks of summer cool down, it’s time for
Cincinnati’s theaters to turn up the heat.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
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Operator of Showboat Majestic and Covedale Center to open new facility in East Price Hill
Landmark Productions (CLP), operator of the Showboat Majestic and owner
and operator of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, is looking
to expand its entertainment empire with a new facility in East Price
Hill, not far from the Primivista Restaurant. At a meeting today with
the East Price Hill Improvement Association, representatives from CLP
will present a proposal to build a new performing arts center in the
plan is for a theater with approximately 250 seats that will be
programmed throughout the year. CLP estimates 112 evenings of
performances, including theatrical productions, a summer season,
concerts, comedy events and cabarets. CLP
recently marked the tenth anniversary of the Covedale Center, a onetime
movie theater that the group acquired and renovated. The West Side
fixture has seen stead growth in attendance over the decade since
opening in 2002. In its first year, there were 804 subscribers; 3,600
are anticipated for the coming season. Season attendance in 2002-2003
was 13, 990; for 2011-2012 it grew to 35,300.Representatives
from CLP have already met with developers and leaders of the East Price
Hill Development Association for exploratory purposes. CLP’s executive
artistic director Tim Perrino says that both his organization and the
developers view the partnership as a win-win. The vacant parcel on
Matson Place has nearby parking and dining — as well as the spectacular
view that’s familiar to generations of diners at Primavista. “The
people we’ve talked to,” Perrino explains, “see the true value an arts
center can bring to a neighborhood. The arts create neighborhood
vibrancy, more pedestrians, good news stories, visitors from outside the
neighborhood, more bar and restaurant patrons and improved neighborhood
project is still a concept without a budget or plans, but it’s an
exciting prospect coming from an organization that clearly knows how to
connect with audiences.
Covedale holiday production is an entertaining eyeful
0 Comments · Friday, December 9, 2011
This backstage musical about good-hearted people
putting on a show to save a struggling Vermont ski lodge is perfect
for the Covedale’s mainstream audience, and the performance I
attended at the converted movie theater, a Sunday matinee, had every
one of its 400 seats filled with people loving what they were seeing.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I like to write about the excitement of new works and regional premieres, which are important in sustaining theater as an art form. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect the classics. In its prior 16 seasons, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presented all but five of the Bard’s 37 plays. They’ve checked another one off the list with the just-concluded production of King John and they plan to complete the canon in 2015 by offering one of the remaining works in each of the next four years.
0 Comments · Monday, December 6, 2010
I annually face the holidays with mixed
emotions. I love the holiday season, but I also know that it means I'll be in overdrive, attending numerous theatrical holiday productions. But there are excellent options again this holiday season, starting with Cincinnati Playhouse's 'A Christmas Carol' and ETC's 'Cinderella.'
Holiday shows offer some sweets and some sass
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The holidays offer a perfect time to go to the theater with local productions for theater fans from wide-eyed kids to old cynics. Some shows are familiar, like a visit with old friends, while others spruce up an old story with some new garland — and perhaps a sprig of twisted sass. Here's a rundown on eight locally staged holiday recommendations.
Covedale offers a batty, delightful walk through covert ops
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Although I've not encountered any other kind, 'Unnecessary Farce' by Paul Slade Smith is, well, an unnecessary farce. No one needs to see a crop of oddballs sprinting about a stage (frequently sans pants) opening one door, slamming another, lobbing double-entendres out to the house before the curtain finally extinguishes the frenzy.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
There's a song in 'The Fantasticks' that bemoans the heat of the summer sun — "This Plum Is Too Ripe" — and that's how hot weather makes me feel. It's made more depressing by the reduction of shows that might provide some diversion. Most local stages are dark for the summer, which is a shame. But there's still summer theater to be found, so let's do a quick overview.
Covedale production of classic makes a splash
0 Comments · Saturday, April 3, 2010
'Singin' in the Rain,' presented at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, is a true tribute to the classic film. Matt Dentino and Dan Doerger (pictured) could have been plucked from the movie. Doerger is especially a key component, keeping the comedic undertones noticeable.
Cincinnati theaters ready their holiday offerings
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It's the time of year when theaters hope to strike holiday gold with shows that will deliver lots of ticket revenue — enough to provide the funds needed for the second half of their seasons. The hands-down winner, of course, is Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,' a budget balancer for the Cincinnati Playhouse since 1991. But there are plenty of other holiday-themed stories being told on local stages this season.