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STRIKING 12 Runs Dec. 18-27

FT_Striking 12STRIKING 12
Presented by Falcon Theater
Dec. 18-27
Newport

Directed by Ted Weil
Music directed by Missy Whitis

Cast: Zac Huffman, Aiden Sims, Aubrey Wilson, Michael Shawn Starks, Sean Mize & Ashley Boehm

As the year comes to a close and a disenchanted young man decides to skip a New Year’s Eve party and instead picks up a copy of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl, he is transported to a place where the smallest things can be miraculous.

  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 18-20 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 26-27 at 8pm

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EIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES Runs Dec. 5-13

FT_The EightEIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES
Presented by Falcon Theater
Dec. 5-13
Newport

Directed by Tara Williams

Cast: Eric Day as Dasher, Mike Fielder as Cupid, AJ Ford as Hollywood, Linnea Bond as Blitzen, Terry Gosdin as Comet, Lisa Dirkes as Dancer, David Levy as Donner & Leah Strasser as Vixen

Tired of the standard family-friendly Christmas fare? Want a little less jingle and a little more coal in your stocking? Have we got the show for you: eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa. You’ve heard about the rumors about him and what he does in the toy shop. You’ve seen Vixen on late night talk shows, and heard about Rudolph’s big secret. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and believe us: they do not hold back! Eight: The Reindeer Monologues is an adult romp up to the North Pole (and down Santa’s… well, you get the idea). Contains mature language and subject matter. 

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 5-6 at 8pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 11-13 at 8pm

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Falcon Seeks Baritone/Tenor for STRIKING 12

FT_logoFalcon Theatre is looking for an actor to fill a role in our upcoming production of STRIKING 12

The role is a male age 25-40. Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor.

Performance dates are December 18, 19, 20, 26 & 27 (all evening shows). Rehearsal schedule is to be determined but is flexible to some point.

There is a paid stipend for this position.

For more information on the production, see Falcon’s website at http://www.falcontheater.net

If interested, contact the director, Ted Weil at tweil@falcontheater.net

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Falcon’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK Captures 4.5 Stars from LCT

Jay Benson & Matt Dentino.

Jay Benson & Matt Dentino.

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Falcon Theatre’s production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK a 4.5 (out of 5) star recommendation, calling it “master storytelling.”

One of the longest-running plays in London, this classic Victorian ghost story is set in a theater. The two actors, Matt Dentino and Jay Dallas Benson, both highly commended by the LCT Panel, play multiple roles. “This is a spooky, layered, labyrinthine story,” one panelist said. “Benson and Dentino do a good job of telling the story while portraying multiple characters with different dialects.”

The LCT Panel also praised the lighting and sound design as well as direction, all three by Ted Weil and Tracy M. Schoster. “Technically, the show is spectacular,” a panelist said. “The direction, lights and sound are what bring this show to life.” According to a panelist, “This show is perfectly timed for the season and one of the most entertaining productions this region has seen in some time.”

Falcon Theatre’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK runs Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.falcontheatre.net or 513-481-9042.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK Review

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Jay Benson & Matt Dentino.

Jay Benson & Matt Dentino.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK presented by Falcon Theater through Nov. 1. Click here for more information on the production.

Falcon Theater chills up the Halloween season with the haunting tale of THE WOMAN IN BLACK. You may recognize the title from the 2012 feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe, that was based on this play. As is often the case, the original work outshines the motion picture adaption.

The play’s cast consists of two male actors. In this production, all roles are well-played by Jay Benson and Matt Dentino. Vocally, both actors do well with their respective accents, but I would have liked to see more physical differences between their characters. There is more to a character than changing the accent and adding/removing a piece of clothing. Mannerism and how people stand and carry themselves varies between individuals and I would have liked to seen a bit more of that.

During the performance, Dentino had a tendency to drop his eyes and address the floor. Be sure to keep that chin up so the audience can see your face. When speaking as the main character, I felt he employed a few-too-many pregnant pauses in his speech when his character is scared and confused. This slows the pacing. I would have liked to have seen other options for expressing those emotions.

In watching the show, it was the lighting design and execution that caused many of the issues for me, and I know part of this problem is due to limitations of the small venue. “Outside the play,” when the stage was fully lit, you could see actors cross between hot and cold lighting areas. “Inside the play,” the tight area-lighting, at times, seemed to constrain the actors ability to move, resulting in a bit too much sitting and talking for me. There were also times when the angles of the lighting would throw a shadow onto most of an actor’s face, masking their eyes. In the coach scenes, having Benson, as the driver, freeze during Kipps narration to the audience looked awkward, given the length of the monologue and the fact that both actors were fully lit.

The transitions “out of the play” were a bit clunky. If the lighting change was supposed to signal the transition than it needs to happen before the actor begins their lines. A pause, and a physical movement out of the scene with the light cue would have kept the transitions from feeling so abrupt. Another issue occurs when Dentino (as Kipps) reacts to something he sees upstage. We follow his gaze and a lighting special comes up, and then the actor, who is now slightly visible, steps into the light. Having the actor under the special when it came up would have been more effective. I was also confused by the decision to have Benson do some of his narration in a shadowed corner of the set. If the actor can’t be seen, you might as well record the dialogue as his physical presence is not adding anything to the scene. The bedroom lighting effect worked very well, but it may need to be bumped up a notch or two for patrons in the back of the theater. The sound design for the show was smartly handled and well executed.

Directors Tracy M. Shoster and Ted. J. Weil keep the show tightly focused and well-paced throughout. They are mostly-successful in creating the appropriate spooky atmosphere.

Full disclosure: Since I attended Falcon’s invited preview performance on Thursday night, some of the tech may not have been fully realized. Other issues may also have been addressed before Friday’s opening.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a well-done and entertaining ghost story for a chilly October evening. There are no content or language issues to prevent families with pre-teens from attending.

My rating: 3.75 out of 5

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