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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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Falcon Announces the Cast of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

FT_In the Heat of the NightDirector Ed Cohen is thrilled to announced the cast for Falcon Theatre’s upcoming production IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Performances run Feb. 13-28 at the Monmouth Theater.

  • Tibbs: Derek Snow
  • Gillespie: Michael Hall
  • Sam: Simon Powell
  • Pete: Dan Maloney
  • Coroner/Mayor frank Schubert/Klansman: Terry Gosdin
  • Harvey Oberst/Purdy/Klansman: Tom Peters
  • Ralph/Kaufman/Klansman: Jamie Ball
  • Melanie: Dee Anne Bryll
  • Noreen: Allison Evans
  • Tatum/Endicott/Jennings: Rich Setterberg

For more information on the production, please visit http://falcontheater.net.

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK Runs Oct. 17-Nov. 1

FT_Woman in BlackTHE WOMAN IN BLACK
Presented by Falcon Theatre
Oct. 17-Nov. 1
Newport

Directed by Ted Weil & Tracy M. Schoster

Cast: Matt Dentino & Jay Dallas Benson

One of the longest running plays in London, The Woman In Black is a classic Victorian ghost story, perfect for the Halloween season. Set in a theater, a stranger enters and employes the theater owner to help him tell his story. As he relates the tale, we are drawn into a world of mystery and haunting that has held thousands of audiences on the edge of their seats.

  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 17-18 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 24-25 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 8pm

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Falcon Announces All Auditions‏ for 2014-2015 Season

FT_logoWe’re pleased to announce auditions for the entire Falcon Season.  Each show will audition individually; please be sure to audition for each show you’re interested in.

For all auditions, please bring a resume and headshot if you have them.

Please direct all audition questions to auditions@falcontheater.net

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Directed by Ed Cohen
August 18 & 19
7-9 PM
Monmouth Theatre
Show dates:  February 13-28, 2015
7 men:
  • (the role of Virgil Tibbs has been pre-cast)
  • Chief Gillespie:  30-50
  • Sam Wood:  20’s-30’s
  • Pete:  20’s-40’s
  • Tatum/Endicott/Jennings:  30’s-50’s
  • Coroner/Mayor/Klansman:  40’s-50’s
  • Harvey/Purdy/Klansman:  30’s-50’s
  • Kaufman/Ralph/Klansman:  30’s-50’s
1 woman:
  • Noreen Purdy:  late teens/early 20’s (should play as teens)
Auditionees will be asked to read from the script

ASSASSINS
Directed by Jared Doren
August 20 & 21
6-9 PM
Monmouth Theatre

Show Dates:  May 29-June 13, 2015

Prepare two contrasting pieces 16 – 32 bars max.  No a cappella or taped auditions.  May be asked to read from the script.

EIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES
Directed by Tara Williams
September 7 & 9
7-9 PM
Monmouth Theatre

Show dates:  December 5-13, 2014

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

  • Dasher-Lead reindeer, in charge, 40-50, Male
  • Cupid- Gay,flamboyant, gossip, 20-40, Male
  • Hollywood- Conceited, celebrity wanna be, 20-40, Male
  • Blitzen- Feminist, no nonsense, in your face, 20-50, Female
  • Comet- Southern, former juvenile offender, brash, 30-50, Male
  • Dancer- Jewish, ditzy, not sure what side to take, 30-50, Female
  • Donner- Rudolf’s Dad, sympathetic, a bit lost, 40-50, Male
  • Vixen- smart, sincere, full of sex appeal, 20-35, Female
COVER OF LIFE
Directed by Tracy M. Schoster
September 29 & 30
7-9 PM
Monmouth Theatre
Show Dates:  April 10-25, 2015
Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

The play takes place in a very small town in Louisiana during WWII (1943)
  • Tood: early 20’s  Genuine, bit of a dreamer but determined
  • Sybil:  mid 20’s.  “Sophisticated” or “fast” in her crowd
  • Weetsie: mid 20’s. Plain.  Religious and very much the country girl.
  • Aunt Ola: Mid 40’s-50. The mother-in-law of the 3 women. Strong, matriarchal.
  • Kate:  Early/Mid 40’s.  Correspondent/Photographer for Life Magazine.  Successful woman in a man’s world
  • Addie Mae: Mid 40’s. Local newspaper reporter
  • Tommy:  early 20’s. The youngest brother of the family. Married to Tood. Eager, friendly and insecure.

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