TOIL AND TROUBLE Review

Breona Conrad as Beth, Joshua Murphy as Matt & Chris Wesselman as Adam. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Chris Wesselman as Adam, Breona Conrad as Beth & Joshua Murphy as Matt. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

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TOIL AND TROUBLE presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati through Aug. 24. You can read the show description here.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati brings another quirky gem to the stage with the MACBETH homage, TOIL AND TROUBLE. Non-Shakespeare fans can relax though. Aside from some parallel plot points, and several lines quoted directly from the bard’s work, this is a contemporary play.

Breona Conrad as Beth, Joshua Murphy as Matt & Chris Wesselman as Adam. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Breona Conrad as Beth, Joshua Murphy as Matt & Chris Wesselman as Adam. Photo by Deogracias Lerma.

Initially we meet roommates Matt (Joshua Murphy) and Adam (Chris Wesselman). Both are unemployed “victims” of the current economy. Adam, the idea man, has come up with a multi-million dollar scheme to “take over a small island nation off the coast of Chile populated by miniature vicuña.” Murphy and Wesselman have an easy chemistry on stage and both give solid performances.

Rounding out the cast is Breona Conrad as Beth. Conrad brings great energy and characterization to the role. Beth, who is obviously wearing the pants in this trio, quickly makes a grab for power using her wits and wiles against both Matt and Adam.

The script is fun, with some great world-commentary from Matt. Director Eric Vossmeier makes smart use of the stage, keeping the action moving without seeming hurried. Opening night the show seemed to dip in energy near the beginning of the second act, but managed to get back on track fairly quickly.

Overall a fun, quirky comedy – the perfect ending to a summer evening in Over-the-Rhine.

Click here for a complete list of show times for TOIL AND TROUBLE.

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