Monthly Archives: March 2012


Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
April 29-July 1
Eden Park

Reviews: Enquirer |

ALL NEW SHOW! The world’s premier comedy company will again set its razor-sharp sights on Cincinnati. What’s left to skewer? The Second City was in town long enough to know they haven’t come close to exhausting the material. Not to mention, between now and opening night, entire sports seasons will come and go, politicians will star on reality shows and streetcars may (or may not) be on track. The future holds nothing but promise for comedy at our expense. If the recent sold-out, record-breaking run was any indication, you gotta goetta your tickets now!

THE SECOND CITY 2: LESS PRIDE MORE PORK is suitable for adults and older teenagers. It contains adult language and content. Please be aware that portions of the show are improvisation and will change nightly so a specific content advisory will not be possible.

Directed by Mick Napier
Music directed by Matthew Loren Cohen

Cast: Cody Dove, Sayjal Joshi, Amy Roeder, John Sabine, Tim Stoltenberg & Travis Turner

  • In preview Sun, April 29 at 2pm & Tue-Wed, May 1-2 at 7:30pm. $25 seats available
  • Thu-Fri, May 3-4 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 8-9 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 10-11 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 13 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 17-18 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 19 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, May 22 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, May 23 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 24-25 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 26 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 27 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, May 29-30 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, May 31-June 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 2 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 3 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, June 5-6 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, June 7-8 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 9 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 10 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, June 12-13 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, June 14-15 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 16 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 17 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, June 19-20 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, June 21 at 8pm
  • Fri, June 22 at 8pm & 11pm
  • Sat, June 23 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, June 24 at 2pm
  • Tue-Wed, June 26-27 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, June 28 at 8pm
  • Fri, June 29 at 8pm & 11pm
  • Sat, June 30 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, July 1 at 2pm

Official page with online ticketing | Goldstar discount |

Local media coverage: Cincinnati Examiner article | Cincinnati Magazine article | Enquirer article |


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Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Links to all reviews can be found on the BTC REVIEWS page. Blog postings, links and more are available on my FaceBook fan page. You can receive updates on Twitter from @BTCincyRob.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through April 8. You can read the show description here.

Let’s be honest. This is a musical based on a 1960s sitcom based on a comic strip. If you have a problem with that, you probably want to stay home. If you embrace it for what it is, you’ll have a fun, light-hearted and laugh-filled time.

There are strong voices and characterizations across the board. Present are Addams family members Gomez (Douglas Sills), Morticia (CCM MT ’99 alum Sara Gettelfinger), Uncle Fester (Blake Hammond), Grandma (Pippa Peachthree), now 18 year-old Wednesday (Cortney W0lfson), Pugsley (Patrick D. Kennedy) and ever faithful butler Lurch (Tom Corbeil). Newcomers (or is that new victims) include Wednesday’s beau, Lucas (Brian Justin Crum) and his parents Alice (Victoria Huston-Elem on opening night) and Mal (Martin Vindnovic). The show also includes cameos by Thing and Cousin It.

Sara Gettelfinger as Morticia and Company in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

[A few fun facts: In the television series, Uncle Fester was Morticia’s brother, not Gomez’s. Also, Wednesday was the younger Addams sibling and Grandma was referred to as “Grandmama.”]

Visually the production values are very strong. The exterior of the Addams family home and the tree on the hill overlooking the city were highlights for me. The use of flys and a curtain that divided the stage into two play areas help keep the show flowing along. One- or two- too-many ballads in the second act did slow the pace down a bit.

The Ancestors of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

I really enjoyed the ensemble that serve as the pantheon of Addams ancestors. Fun characters and great costumes. When they made their first entrance on stage, I immediately thought of the “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” ghosts, another childhood favorite. Also very clever was Morticia’s “Tango de Amor” dress. You’ll know why when you see it.

Douglas Sills (Gomez), Cortney Wolfson (Wednesday), Brian Justin Crum (Lucas Beineke) and Martin Vidnovic (Mal Beineke) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

A favorite number in Act II was Uncle Fester’s “The Moon and Me.” The staging was very imaginative, employing some great theater magic. Also peppered throughout the show are some fun visual gags, theater nods and pop culture references for all ages. Grandma has one of my favorite zingers in the show.

I was surprised that a few staples from the series were missing: the doorbell, the harpsichord and Lurch’s “bell” followed by “You, rang.” All minor quibbles.

Is THE ADDAMS FAMILY family-friendly? To answer that, I’ll defer to Shannan Boyer of Family Friendly Cincinnati. She took her two young sons to the show, and you can read her thoughts here.

Overall, fans of the television series will enjoy an evening (or afternoon) of nostalgic fun from the current Broadway touring production. My guest and I had a blast and snapped along.

Click here for a complete list of show times, articles and other reviews for THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Patrick D. Kennedy (Pugsley), Pippa Pearthree (Grandma), Sara Gettelfinger (Morticia), Douglas Sills (Gomez), Tom Corbeil (Lurch), Cortney Wolfson (Wednesday) and Blake Hammond (Uncle Fester) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show (especially if you were unfamiliar with the television series) or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.


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Cast Announced for LSC’s THE FANTASTICKS

Loveland Stage Company is pleased to announce the cast of THE FANTASTICKS.


Connie Hatfield, Director
Vicci Wengrzyn, Producer
Cindy Martz, Music Director
Alice Porte, Choreographer
Jeff Jackson, Asst. Choreographer

Opening May 11th – Music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones.

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Hollywood Casino Casting Call TONIGHT

Hollywood Casino’s Boogie Nights is auditioning impersonators, roller skaters & dancers on Thursday, March 29 from 6-10pm at Boogie Nights. Pay is between $125-$175 a night. This is good regular steady work. All they need to do is be prepared to show their skills.

Great filler job!And flexible schedule.

More information available at

Thanks to Kathleen McEntee for the heads up.

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ETC Seeks Usher and Bartender Volunteers

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati is looking for a few great volunteers! If you love theatre & look forward to our productions, this is your chance to support ETC while earning complimentary tickets throughout the year by serving as a volunteer usher or bartender. The next training session for new volunteers is Saturday, April 21, at 11:00 am.

To apply or for more info, please email:

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