by Rick Pender
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A few good local
productions are winding up this weekend. On Labor Day weekend, you won't
find much onstage. But you have a couple of decent choices right now to
tide you over.
At the top of my list would be Chicago
at the Carnegie (CityBeat review here). It's a classic musical by Kander & Ebb, getting an
excellent staging — great performances (by some solid professionals
with Broadway experience as well as rising talent from universities
around the Tristate), great choreography (Bob Fosse's iconic style has
been updated in some very imaginative ways) and really hot orchestral
accompaniment (the musicians would be worth listening to on their own!)
It all adds up to some fabulous razzle-dazzle. Final performance is Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets ($19-$26): 859-957-1940.
Know Theatre wraps up its run of Lauren Gunderson's very contemporary comedy, Toil and Trouble, which has echoes of Shakespeare's Macbeth from start to finish (CityBeat review here). Inspired by messages from fortune cookies (in place of Macbeth's
witches) A couple of slackers and their aggressive sportscaster
girlfriend concoct a crazy scheme to grab power and wealth. Of course,
it goes wildly wrong, with a lot of laughs along the way. Final
performance is Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets ($20): 513-300-5669
And if you're a Woody Allen fan, you might want to board the Showboat Majestic at the Public Landing for Don't Drink the Water,
a play he wrote in 1966 that had a two-year run on Broadway. Set inside
an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain, the show features lots of
Allen's hallmarks: farcical situations, loopy characters and a high dose
of humor. Final performance is Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets ($19-$20): 513-241-6550
The current issue of CityBeat includes previews of the fall arts season. It's online here, including my suggestions about shows from local theaters here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A year ago, Know Theatre announced a
strategic plan to shift away from being a traditional company offering
annual seasons. Instead, Know announces programming on a rolling basis.
That led to a lighter-than-expected stretch in 2012 and 2013, which
nonetheless featured several excellent productions.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Here are three categories designed to
satisfy different tastes: theatergoers who love musicals, those who
yearn for the classics and anyone with a taste for new plays. Since this
is CityBeat’s fall preview, these are shows you can catch before
0 Comments · Monday, August 12, 2013
The Broadway revival of Chicago, the satirical show about
murder, celebrity and corruption, is the longest-running American musical in
Broadway history; the 2002 film of Chicago
won the Academy Award. All the more reason to make a call immediately
to the box office at The Carnegie in Covington to get a ticket for an
eye-popping local production.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
There’s no place like home. That mantra
has put several Cincinnati area community theaters in a good place:
Owning a facility means scheduling flexibility, room to rehearse and the
opportunity to grow.
0 Comments · Friday, July 26, 2013
Almost a century ago, British novelist
John Buchan wrote a potboiler about espionage and double-dealing. Twenty
years later in 1935, film director Alfred Hitchcock turned The 39 Steps
into a much-admired cinematic thriller.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
In recent columns I surveyed Cincinnati
theater companies that came and went during the past 20 years. Some
stumbled because their founders had more passion than management
expertise; others simply lacked the focus to keep audiences coming back.
The truth is it’s hard to identify a niche and settle into it
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Drawing on my efforts to cover theater in Cincinnati for a quarter-century (including writing for CityBeat
since 1994), two weeks ago I wrote about theaters that came and went
during the 1990s. This week, I’m looking at companies that started
during the 2000s.
by Rick Pender
Most of our local theaters are cooling their jets for the
summer months, but you still have two more weekends to catch the
hilarious, three-actor Sherlock Holmes spoof of Hound of the Baskervilles
at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This one is definitely fine-tuned,
featuring a trio of Cincy Shakes best actors — Jeremy Dubin, Nick Rose
and Brent Vimtrup — directed by Michael Evan Haney from the Cincinnati
Playhouse. It's a revival of a hit from last summer, so they have the
comic timing of quick costume changes and fast-paced tomfoolery down
pat. I understand that this weekend is almost sold out, but don't let
that keep you from trying. Final performance is June 30. I hope you've
deduced that you need to get for it this time around, even if you saw it
before. (If you did, you know how funny it is.) It's elementary!
Tickets: 513-381-2273, x1
The Showboat Majestic is a venue that floats along every
summer with solid entertainment. Right now you can come on board for a
classic piece of comedy by Neil Simon, The Odd Couple.
It's a hit from 1965 in a production featuring a couple of great local
actors: Joshua Steele as the prissy Felix and Mike Hall as the messy
Oscar. They're a pair who know their way around a funny script, so it's a
fine show for a summer's laugh. Tickets: 513-241-6550
Maybe you thought Sesame Street was funny when you were a kid. How'd you like to see some raunchy puppet behavior? Avenue Q
is onstage in Dayton at the Human Race Theatre. The 2004 Tony
Award-winning musical offers laugh-out-loud musical mayhem. But leave
the kids at home: This one is aimed at those who are twentysomething and
up, offering answers to a simple question: What happens to the kids who
were raised on Sesame Street when they grow up? You'll find the answers
— in songs like "It Sucks to Be Me" and "The Internet Is for Porn" — at
the Loft Theatre, 126 North Main St. in downtown Dayton. Tickets: 937-228-3630
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As the Sitwell’s Coffee House crowd
buzzes around him, Jon Kovach calmly ticks off his lengthy list of
commitments for the approaching summer.