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VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Runs April 25-May 23

PIP_Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike logoVANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
April 25-May 23
Eden Park

Directed by Michael Haney

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live uneventful lives in the Pennsylvania farmhouse of their youth. The siblings fritter away their days with little drama, save the occasional doomsday prophecy from their eccentric housekeeper. Melancholy turns to mayhem when their movie star sister Masha arrives unannounced with her 20-something boy toy Spike, sparking a madcap weekend of rivalry and raucousness. Advisory: Appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. It contains strong adult language and a hunky young actor who enjoys parading around in his underwear, along with outlandish doomsday prophecies.

  • In preview Sat, April 25 at 8pm & April 26 at 2pm. $30 seats available.
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, April 28-29 at 7:30pm. $30 seats available.
  • Thu-Fri, April 30-May 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 2 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 3 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 5-6 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 7-8 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 9 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 10 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 12-13 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 14-15 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 16 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 17 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, May 19 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, May 20 at 1pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 21-22 at 8pm
  • Sat. May 23 at 4pm & 8pm

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Special Events Featured at The Glenmore Playhouse

TDW_VERT(Cheviot, OH) The Drama Workshop is pleased to welcome guest performers on April 10 and 11, 2015 to The Glenmore Playhouse at 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot.

On April 10th, TDW welcomes The Middle Child Improv Troupe, one of the premiere improvisational theatre groups in the greater Cincinnati area, with an 8 pm show. On April 11th at 2 pm, Playhouse in the Park will present its Off-the-Hill production of BIRD BRAIN, especially for children five and up.

TMCi_logoThe Middle Child Improv Troupe members are storytellers, magicians, and used car salesmen, all wrapped up in one hot mess. Having quickly gained national recognition for their innovative style, this troupe already has television and movie credits on their resume, and are soaring in popularity. They are….well…probably like your middle child — quirky, and a bit weird, and you swear you love them just the same….only different. They are completely unscripted, and audience interaction and suggestions make for a hilarious, action-packed show! Shows are always family friendly!

Tickets for The Middle Child are $8 each for the one-performance only show on April 10, 2015 at 8 pm.

Kelsey Torstveit, Claire Simba, Alex Purcell and D'Amante M. Wilson in BIRD BRAIN. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Kelsey Torstveit, Claire Simba, Alex Purcell and D’Amante M. Wilson in BIRD BRAIN. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park returns to The Glenmore Playhouse with its production of “Bird Brain.” When a kindhearted woodcutter comes across a nest of freezing baby birds, he gives them a warm home under his hat. The problem is, he lives in a world where tipping your hat to others is not only a courtesy, but also the law, with severe punishments for disobeying. The woodcutter finds himself torn between doing what he feels is right and following the social norms. Will he follow the rules, or follow his heart? This charming fable about choosing to be different is full of laughs and the lesson that strange behavior isn’t always foolish.

The ticket price for “Bird Brain” is $5. The performance at The Glenmore Playhouse is on April 11, 2015, at 2 pm.

Tickets for both shows may be ordered by phoning the TDW 24/7 ticket line at 513.598.8303, or by ordering online at www.thedramaworkshop.org.

The Drama Workshop was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati.

TDW productions have been selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference eight of the last ten years, and presented an excerpt of “Nunsense” at the 2014 state conference. TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the 2013 American Association of Community Theatre regional conference in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Drama Workshop was recognized in 2013 by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse.

Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at www.thedramaworkshop.org, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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Playhouse in the Park’s 2014-15 Off the Hill Season Concludes with BIRD BRAIN

CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK’S 2014-15 OFF THE HILL SEASON
CONCLUDES WITH BIRD BRAIN BY VERN THIESSEN

PIP_Bird Brain logo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s popular Off the Hill series for families wraps up its 2014-15 season with Vern Thiessen’s BIRD BRAIN, a charming and funny fable full of laughs and the lesson that strange behavior isn’t always foolish. Recommended for ages 5 and up,BIRD BRAIN will tour to community venues throughout the Tristate from April 10 through May 23.

Based on the story Vogelkopp by Albert Wendt, BIRD BRAIN tells the tale of a kindhearted woodcutter who finds a nest of freezing baby birds and decides to give them a warm home under his hat. The problem is that he lives in a world where tipping your hat to others is not only a courtesy, but also the law, with severe punishments for disobeying. The woodcutter finds himself torn between doing what he feels is right and following the social norms.

“I am so looking forward to this delightful play for this most delightful of audiences,” says Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production and serve as the sound designer.

“BIRD BRAIN begins in a forest and returns there a couple of times, so I wanted an environment that set the mood for this cold, wooded land,” says set designer Christopher Boone. “I realized we didn’t need any graphics to tell this story, just panels of fabric, a couple of hat stands to hold hats and costume pieces, and a lot of imagination, which is perfect for younger elementary students.” Both the set and costumes feature simple bits of fabric that get folded, twisted and used in multiple ways. The music and sound effects will be created vocally by the actors.

“It’s very simple, but beautiful and fantastical,” adds Lutwak. “As with a lot of theatre for this age group, we celebrate the imagination of the story by engaging the imagination of the viewers.”

The BIRD BRAIN cast includes Alex Purcell, Claire Simba, Kelsey Torstveit and D’Amante M. Wilson, all members of the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. In addition to Lutwak and Boone, production team members include costume designer Melanie Mortimore and stage manager Tracy Hoida.

BIRD BRAIN will tour to nearly 20 community venues (see schedule below). Admission is free or inexpensive and is available at the door. Contact the center near you for ticket information.

For more information about the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or visit www.cincyplay.com.

Off the Hill is supported by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, ArtsWave and the Ohio Arts Council.

The Cincinnati Playhouse season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Company. The season sponsor of new work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (as of March 23, 2015)

  • Friday, April 10, 7 p.m., Springfield Township’s Grove Banquet Hall and Event Center
  • Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m., The Drama Workshop at Glenmore Playhouse (Cheviot)
  • Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center
  • Sunday, April 12, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., The Lebanon Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Saturday, April 18, 10:30 a.m., Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center (Mariemont)
  • Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m., Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m., Evendale Cultural Arts Center
  • Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m., Fort Wright Civic Club
  • Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m., District A, The Character Building (former Shroder School, Kennedy Heights)
  • Sunday, April 26, 2:30 p.m., Kenton County Library – Covington Branch (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m., Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m., Clifton Cultural Arts Center
  • Friday, May 15, 7 p.m., Boone County Library – Scheben Branch (Union, Kentucky)
  • Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m., Hyde Park Health Center
  • Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m., Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute (Pleasant Ridge)
  • Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m., Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum
  • Friday, May 22, 7 p.m., Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m., Circus Mojo (Ludlow, Kentucky) – Pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Note: Details vary by location. Contact the individual sites for tickets and prices. Contact information is available on the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com (click on the SCHEDULE tab).

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Review

Links to all reviews can be found using the REVIEWS link at the top of the page. Blog postings, links and more are available on my Facebook fan page. You can also receive updates on Twitter from @BTCincyRob.

Joanna Howard as Molly and Josh Landay as her father, Lord Leonard Aster, as they prepare to set sail on the adventure of a lifetime. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Joanna Howard as Molly and Josh Landay as her father, Lord Leonard Aster, as they prepare to set sail on the adventure of a lifetime. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through April 4. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

“It’s supposed to hurt. That’s how you know it meant something.” -Molly Aster to Peter Pan

Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to live in Neverland? Or how Hook’s hand-losing encounter with a crocodile actually played out? These questions and more are answered in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, a bright and boisterous prequel to the story you already know.

Black Stache (Tom Story, second from right) threatens Fighting Prawn, the leader of the Mollusks (Arturo Soria, right) as Smee (José Restrepo, left), Mrs. Bumbrake (Andy Paterson, second from left) and Alf (Nick Vannoy, center) look on. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Black Stache (Tom Story, second from right) threatens Fighting Prawn, the leader of the Mollusks (Arturo Soria, right) as Smee (José Restrepo, left), Mrs. Bumbrake (Andy Paterson, second from left) and Alf (Nick Vannoy, center) look on. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

The shows boasts a strong ensemble across the cast. Personal favorites include: Joanna Howard, who is perfect as precocious Molly Aster; Tom Story as the over-the-top scene-chewing villain Black Stache; and Jose Restrepo as his much put upon sidekick, Smee. I also enjoyed the comedic work of Andy Paterson as both Mrs. Bumbrake (smartly paired with Nick Vannoy as Alf) and the Teacher.

A 12-member cast invites you to discover the Neverland you never knew. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

A 12-member cast invites you to discover the Neverland you never knew. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

The script itself was a mixed bag for me. I felt that the first act was a bit long and the story really didn’t gain much momentum until act two. There were comedic elements that I enjoyed, such as the use of alliteration, Black Stache’s ongoing malapropism and the word choice for the native tongue of the Mollusk Islanders. Conversely, the broad humor, groan-worthy puns, somewhat predictable choices of anachronisms and the plot stretches to explain elements of the Pan mythos left me…meh.

Black Stache (Tom Story, second from right, with Noah Zachary) strikes a threatening pose as Smee (José Restrepo, left), Mrs. Bumbrake (Andy Paterson, second from left) and Alf (Nick Vannoy, center) look on. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Black Stache (Tom Story, second from right, with Noah Zachary) strikes a threatening pose as Smee (José Restrepo, left), Mrs. Bumbrake (Andy Paterson, second from left) and Alf (Nick Vannoy, center) look on. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

The show is creatively staged with lighting and set and prop pieces. The suspended stars was a great lighting element and I enjoyed how they were used throughout the production. The costumes, designed by David Kay Mickelsen, were also a highlight.

Overall the show is fun and entertaining, but I never felt emotionally connected to the story. That being said, the opening night audience responded more strongly to the work than I did. The show is definitely worth the trip for Peter Pan fans.

My rating: 4.0 out of 5

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SNOW CANCELLATIONS For March 4

MISC_Snow Cancellations

Updated 4:02pm

Below are the announced cancellations for March 4. Italicized information comes directly from the presenting organization.

  • CHAPATTI presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
    Due to inclement weather, tonight’s performance of CHAPATTI has been canceled and the Box Office will close at 4 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have tickets for tonight’s show, please contact us tomorrow for assistance. Thank you.

Below are the performances still proceeding as scheduled at the Aronoff:

  • ALVIN ALLEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER\
  • PETER PAN presented by Cincinnati Christian School

Tonight’s performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will go on as scheduled at the Aronoff Center.  Should this performance status change, we will post updates to this website; we encourage you to check back often. If you are unable to attend tonight’s performance due to inclement weather, please see below for ticket options.

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