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Regional Premiere of SILENCE! The Musical Opens Falcon’s Next Season

FT_logoFalcon Theatre is proud to announce a change to our 2015-2016 season. We have just secured the rights to product SILENCE! The Musical.

SILENCE! The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan
Book by Hunter Bell.

This unauthorized parody of Silence of the Lambs premiered in 2005 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival and went on to an Off-Broadway run, garnering awards, including Time Magazine’s Top 10 Plays of 2011 and the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical.

Falcon will open our season with SILENCE! The Musical in September 2015 and we’re thrilled to be the first in the area to produce this musical. “Falcon has been following the amazing journey that SILENCE! The Musical has taken from a New York Fringe Festival piece to Off-Broadway, and we’ve been excited about the prospect of bringing this show to the Greater Cincinnati area from the very beginning. We’ve waited through the show’s meteoric rise in New York and, now that we’ve finally been able to bring the show to our stage, we knew it was a perfect season opener” says Ted Weil, Falcon’s Artistic Director.

In case you need your musical fix earlier, don’t forget that ASSASSINS, the classic Sondheim musical, wraps up our 2014-2015 season starting May 29 and running through June 13 2015.

Don’t forget the rest of our 2015-2016 Season:

SILENCE! The Musical

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ASSASSINS Runs May 29-June 13

FT_Assassins logoASSASSINS
Presented by Falcon Theater
May 29-June 13

Directed by Jared Doren
Music Directed by Steve Goers

Cast: Brian Berendts as John Wilkes Booth, Patrick Carnes as Charles Guiteau, Michael Dean Conley as Leon Czolgosz, Helen Raymond-Goers as Emma Goldman, Kyle Taylor as Guiseppe Zangara, Jared Earland as Lee Harvey Oswald, Mike Dennis as Samuel Byck, Hamilton Moore as John Hinckley, Eileen Earnest as Squeaky Fromme, Danielle Muething as Sara Jane Moore, Joe Hornbaker as Proprietor & Andrew Maloney as Balladeer
Ensemble: Aiden Marie Sims, Helen Raymond Goers, Mike Fielder & Russ D. McGee

Sondheim’s darkly entertaining musical is a classic of modern musical theater. Falcon first produced this show in 1998 to rave reviews. It helped define our path toward the future and established us as a powerful voice in Greater Cincinnati theater. To celebrate our 25th anniversary season, we’re bringing this show back for an entirely new production. Join is as we welcome back John Wilkes Boothe, Squeaky Fromme, Sam Byck, Lee Harvey Oswald and all the other unsavory characters who ever decided that their path to greatness lay in the assassination of an American President. It’s a different look at some historical events and one you won’t soon forget.

  • Fri-Sat, May 29-30 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, June 5-6 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, June 12-13 at 8pm

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Actor Needed for ASSASSINS at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoFalcon Theater is searching for one male actor/singer to complete our cast of ASSASSINS.  The role of Leon Czolgosz is available to a male actor, age 25-45 with a strong singing voice.  The role requires a Baritone/Bass-Baritone.

ASSASSINS opens May 29th and runs on Friday and Saturday nights through June 13.  Rehearsals begin May 4th.

We are holding an open audition for this role this Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 PM at Falcon Theatre (636 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY).  If you are interested in auditioning for the role, please email our producer, Ted Weil at tweil@falcontheater.net to confirm your attendance.

Bring 16 bars of a song (along with sheet music for our pianist) and be prepared to cold read a brief scene from the script.

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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.

Gretchen Reinersman as Tood Cliffert, Lisa Dirkes as Weetsie Cliffert & Tara Williams as Kate Miller. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Gretchen Reinersman as Tood Cliffert, Lisa Dirkes as Weetsie Cliffert & Tara Williams as Kate Miller. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

THE COVER OF LIFE presented by Falcon Theater through April 25. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening Saturday performance.

There is a famous notion that 90% of directing is casting, If this is the case, director Tracy M. Schoster definitely succeeded with her wonderful ensemble for THE COVER OF LIFE. Not only is every character well-defined and unique, but the dynamics among all the characters are as well.

Kristy Rucker as Addie Mae McGough. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Kristy Rucker as Addie Mae McGough. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Tara Williams deftly handles Kate’s journey from cynic to visitor to friend. Gretchen Reinersman shines as simple-spoken, yet wise beyond her years, Tood. Lisa Dirkes smartly finds the humor in dedicated-wife and dedicated-Christian, Weetsie. Holly Sauerbrunn’s smart-tongued, deadpan delivery of pragmatic, life-weary Aunt Ola is spot on. The moment Merritt Beischel throws out the first verbal barb, it speaks volumes to who Sybil is. Kristy Rucker makes busybody Addie Mae fun and endearing. Jared Earland as Tommy looks like he stepped out of a recruitment poster and handles the youngest-brother angst well.

Lisa Dirkes as Weetsie Cliffert & Holly Sauerbrunn as Aunt Ola Cliffert. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Lisa Dirkes as Weetsie Cliffert & Holly Sauerbrunn as Aunt Ola Cliffert. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Thanks to the director, there are many, very nicely-done moments in the show. Favorites include: Kate and Tood on the hilltop and their final goodbye. Todd and Aunt Ola’s private conversations. Sybil and Weetsie’s argument in front of company. Weetsie eavesdropping on Tood and Sybill and Tood and Tommy at the pond. I could mention a few more, but those would be spoilers. The show is well-paced, flows well and Schoster creates great stage pictures.

Gretchen Reinersman as Tood Cliffert, Merritt Beischel as Sybil Harrist-Cliffert & Lisa Dirkes as Weetsie Cliffert. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Gretchen Reinersman as Tood Cliffert, Merritt Beischel as Sybil Harrist-Cliffert & Lisa Dirkes as Weetsie Cliffert. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The costumes, designed by Tara Williams, evoked the time-period and complimented the personalities of the characters. Great work done by Prop Mistress Alecia Lewkowich as well.

This is the first production since the organization has completed some upgrades to their recently purchased venue. The raisers have been installed and the new seating is definitely more comfortable. Freshly repainted, the theater now has an intimate black box aesthetic that works well.

Gretchen Reinersman as Tood Cliffert & Jared Earland as Tommy Cliffert. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Gretchen Reinersman as Tood Cliffert & Jared Earland as Tommy Cliffert. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Overall an emotionally strong, heartfelt and heartbreaking production. Congratulations to all. The first weekend did sell out, so I recommend you get your tickets in advance.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

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LCT_VThis review has been reposted courtesy of the League of Cincinnati Theatres. For more LCT reviews click here to visit their reviews page.

The current production by the cozy Falcon Theatre of Newport is a play written by R.T. Robinson titled The Cover of Life. Life is the famous Life magazine, yet the lives developed and enlarged in this play bring out the realities and the complex conflicts of the women of the  Cliffert family in 1943 Louisiana.

FT_The Cove of Life promoTood, Weestie and Sybil are the three wives married to the three Cliffert brothers. All three brothers are away, engaged in World War II. To save on expenses, the three wives move into the Cliffert family home with Aunt Ola Cliffert, the mother of the three Cliffert boys. Life begins on stage at this point when Kate Miller, a journalist fresh from the frontline, is assigned by Life magazine to cover the story of these three brides of the military family. Kate Miller is supercilious and, therefore, reluctant to visit the rural Louisiana; yet she accepts the assignment, since this would present her with the opportunity to do a cover story for famous Life magazine.

From the very moment of Kate’s arrival at the Cliffert residence the lives of the women, including Aunt Ola Cliffert, continue to unfold. This is by no means just a flat story of wartime wives who are waiting for their husbands to return home while somehow surviving. The lives of these women gradually end up depicting the life stories of women in general. This is where the playwright crafts an extraordinarily powerful revelation through wisdom, insight, and humor which otherwise could have been a bland saga of overflowing emotion.

Though nowhere in the playbill, Falcon Theatre gave credit to the playwright. Through the penmanship of the playwright R.T. Robinson the story was covered in such a lively manner. There was an incredibly strong cast who worked well off of each other.  I give the praise for that to the director, Tracy M. Schoster.  She made certain the emotional core of each of the characters came through loud and clear. Although I wasn’t blown away by this production, I enjoyed it. The play has a powerful and empowering message that gender roles hurt everybody, not just women, and that only when we question what everyone else accepts as “the way it is” can we become awakened. I loved that aspect of the play and thought the actors did a good job of conveying the message.

The lighting and set were stark and didn’t add very much. Monmouth Theatre, though very cozy and intimate, poses some challenges for a very elaborate light design. The set was too busy for a small stage, however, it reflected the thoughtfulness of Tracy M. Schoster, who was also the set designer for the play. The production was well directed by her , skillfully moving between the set piece of the living room to various other scenes  on the small Falcon stage. One suggestion would be to be a bit more thoughtful about the smooth flow between the scenes, as they appeared to be somewhat abrupt.  The costume design by Tara Williams, who also enacted the character of Kate Miller, was appropriately dated for the period, although they seemed to have more clothes than their financial situation would allow.

Overall, it was a warm presentation by the Falcon team and the entire cast and crew are to be given appreciation. Barring a few silly mistakes in dialogue delivery the characters did a superb job in making the audience believe in their authentic southern accent through and through. The cast demonstrated great team work from a small team where many wear more than one hat, promote and to spread value in theatre. The Cover of Life is to be highly recommended for all audiences because of the message it conveys and the energy from the actors onstage.

For more information on the production, click here.

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