Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s SPEAKING IN TONGUES Earns Three LCT Awards

Bruce Cromer as Pete & R. Ward Duffy as Leon in PIP's SPEAKING IN TONGUES. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

(CINCINNATI, FEB. 14, 2012)– Panelists from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Andrew Bovell’s SPEAKING IN TONGUES with three awards for its direction, lighting design and acting ensemble. The show is billed as a noir thriller, in which love, sex and deceit create a theatrical jigsaw puzzle of unexpected links and hidden connections among its characters.

Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Michael Evan Haney was singled out for his direction of the play. According to one panelist, “The director kept this very complex play tight, riveting and well paced.” Kirk Bookman also earned an award for the show’s lighting design “because of a high level of difficulty, innovation and its pervasiveness to set the mood for all the scenes.”

Finally, the show’s cast of four — which includes local actors Bruce Cromer and Amy Warner, as well as Playhouse veterans Henny Russell and R. Ward Duffy — received an ensemble award. “The acting was superb and deserves an ensemble award precisely because the strength of the acting was their working off each other, particularly in the scenes with overlapping dialogue that required precise timing and sensitivity,” said one panelist. The show also requires all of the actors to portray multiple roles, which “they did splendidly, changing characters quickly and believably.”

Speaking in Tongues continues through March 4. Ticket information is available at

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


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