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(Clockwise from top left) Sara Clark as Gwendolen Fairfax, Jeremy Dubin as John Worthing, Brent Vimtrup as Algernon Moncrieff, Jesse Wray Goodman as Cecily Cardew & Jim Hopkins as Lady Bracknell. Photo by Jeanna Vella.

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with an LCT nomination for featured actor, Jim Hopkins, as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.

In a classic tale of romance and folly, two beautiful ladies are pursued by two dashing gentleman, but the gentlemen’s brother and friend complicate matters – especially since they don’t actually exist. One of the funniest comedies in the English language, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST provides an examination of the hypocrisies and conventions of a so-called well-mannered society.

Panelists praised Jim Hopkins’ cross-dressing performance as Lady Bracknell as “hilarious, specifically because his straightforward delivery of the part allowed the humor and absurdity of the role to shine through.” “Nicely rounded and unexpectedly restrained.” The play as a whole was described as “a delightful performance that successfully captured the lightness and humor of Oscar Wilde’s play.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST continues through December 16th. Tickets can be purchased at

Final LCT awards will be determined at the end of the season and announced at the LCT gala in the spring.

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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BLACK NATIVITY runs Dec. 14-15

Presented by Cincinnati Black Theatre Company
Dec. 14-15
Forest Park

Directed by Don Sherman

The Cincinnati Black Theatre Company presents its annual Christmas gift to the community with its performance of this holiday favorite. The grand and colorfully-staged production tells the original biblical story of the Nativity through scripture and verse. Along with inspirational music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this Musical- offers a rousing- and touching- reminder of what the holiday is all about.

  • Fri, Dec. 14 at 7:30pm
  • Sat. Dec. 15 at 2pm & 7:30pm

Official page with online ticketing | Goldstar discount |

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Know Theatre presents THE NAUGHTY LIST List at Arnold’s Bar & Grill

This December, Know Theatre takes a show off-campus to Arnold’s Bar & Grill featuring Jackson Street Market member OTRimprov. The show is directed by Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier and features OTRimprov members Sean Mette, Dave Powell, Alison Rampa, Kat Smith, and Chris Wesselman. Performances will take place in the courtyard at Arnold’s Bar & Grill Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings at 8pm from December 2 – 30, 2012.

This December, join us at Arnold’s Bar & Grill for a holiday show that is a little bit naughty, and a little bit nice. Using suggestions from the audience OTRimprov will help you relive your favorite holiday memories as they recreate classic holiday stories and show you what your life could have been if you had received that ONE gift. It’s a different show every night so bring your holiday cheer or your inner Grinch. You decide.

“I’m excited to have been asked to create a holiday show for Arnold’s. I’m equally excited to be able to work with the Jackson Street Market’s OTRimprov. This has been a great collaborative process with Kat and Dave so far, and I’m looking forward to working on a fun holiday show,” says Producing Artistic Director, Eric Vosmeier.

OTRimprov is an improvisational comedy troupe that’s made its home at Know Theatre of Cincinnati as part of the Jackson Street Market. Recognizing the distinct lack of regularly scheduled improv performances in Cincinnati, especially Downtown and in Over-the-Rhine, OTRi looks to provide this particular brand of entertainment in order to further strengthen Cincinnati’s established arts community.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Performances will occur on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings at 8pm through December 30. There are no performances on December 24 & 25. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 513.300.5669. Flex-passes are valid for this event.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Know Theatre is supported by the National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing, dedicated to supporting the most promising emerging theatre companies from around the country. Know Theatre of Cincinnati also receives support from The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation.

Our mission is to create evocative and explosive live entertainment.
Our vision is a world awakened to its collective possibility.
We value a playful artistic community where artists can collaborate and grow.

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Kickstarter Campaign for MY SUPER SECRET SPY TREEHOUSE

I wanted to share with you a big project I have been working on with some other CCM Theatre Graduates. It is a new interactive children’s T.V. show called MY SUPER SECRET SPY TREEHOUSE. The idea behind the program is to bring back the fun and inter-activeness of ’90s programming while keeping children up to date by teaching about positive uses of current technologies.

It is our goal to be able to produce the show in the independently, which would mean employment opportunities for many up and coming artists as well as a great showcase for CCM. We are hard at work on our first Kickstarter campaign in an effort to independently produce its first episode. This would give us the tools to properly pitch the show to the networks and get the first episode off the ground.

We are trying desperately to get the word out and are seeking help in community outreach. The arts is nothing without the support of the community and without the ability to spread the word.

There is a lot of great information on our Kickstarter page.

I would GREATLY appreciate your help on this exciting adventure and would like to thank you for being apart of supporting not only the arts, but the development and further growth of children’s entertainment.

Chris Blem

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Down The Rabbit Hole With the Mad Hatter Fundraiser on Nov. 29

You’re invited! Down the Rabbit Hole with the Mad Hatter is a fundraiser for ETC and the perfect opportunity to dust off your most outrageous hat, sample some treats straight from Wonderland, and fall down the Rabbit Hole with some beloved characters!

  • 6:00 pm: Reception with finger foods fit for a Queen provided by Mecklenburg Gardens and China Gourmet
  • 7:30 pm: Performance of Alice in Wonderland
  • 9:00 pm: After Party at Taste of Belgium with decadent desserts and a cash bar

Tickets: $75.11 (it’s a Wonderland thing)

Purchase online or call the box office at (513) 421-3555.

Alice in Wonderland
book by Joseph McDonough
music & lyrics by David Kisor
November 28-December 30, 2012

“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret…all the best people are.” -Lewis Carroll

This holiday season, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati brings back on of its most cherished family-friendly musicals with the return of Alice in Wonderland, featuring new songs and an updated script for 2012. A magical musical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, this sassy version is the toe-tapping tale of a lost girl, a cool cat, a wild hare, and the original “dancing queen.” The Queen of Hearts is back to dish up her special recipe for justice and all of Wonderland awaits Alice’s trial. Join the fun! Purchase your tickets now for best seating and show availability.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

2012-2013 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Season Sponsors: PNC Bank, John & Ruth, The Mitchell S. & Jacqueline P. Meyers Foundation, and Dr. & Mrs. Charles Carothers. Fairy Godmother Sponsor: William and Susan Friedlander. Season Media Sponsors: 91.7 FM WVXU, 90.9 FM WGUC, and iSpyCincy. Additional seasonal support provided by ArtsWave, the Charles H. Dater Foundation, Garfield Suites Hotel, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation.

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