Monthly Archives: February 2014

THE IRISH CURSE at Clifton Performance Theatre

CP_Irish Curse logoWhat better way to get ready for the “wearing of the green” than a little “Irish Curse.” This wickedly delightful and heart wrenching play by Martin Cassella opens at the end of February. What “The Irish Curse” is – and how it manifests itself – is the raw centerpiece of this wicked, rollicking and very funny new play. From its blistering language to its brutally honest look at sex and body image, THE IRISH CURSE is a revealing portrait of how men, and society, define masculinity. In doing so, it dares to pose the fundamental question that has been on the minds of men since the beginning of time: “Do I measure up to the next guy?”

Size matters to this small group of Irish-American men who meet every Wednesday night, in a Catholic church basement, at a self-help group for men with small penises. This allegedly Irish trait is the focus of their weekly whining and bitching as they feel this “shortcoming” has ruined their lives.

One evening, when a twenty-something blue-collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything the other men thought about “the Irish curse” …tackling their obsession with body image and unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex, relationships, and social status that define their lives.

The show features actor Kevin Crowley, Michael Bath, Buz Davis, Carter Bratton and Pete Wood.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/568366 or at the door.

THE IRISH CURSE Show times

  • Feb 28th 8pm
    Opening night party “Sizing up the issue gala”
  • Sat March 1st 8pm
  • Sunday March 2nd 7pm
  • Thursday March 6th 8pm
  • Friday March 7th 8pm
  • Sat March 8th 8pm
  • Sunday March 9th 2pm
  • Monday March 10th 8pm
  • Thursday March 13th 8pm
  • Friday March 14th 8pm
  • Sat March 15th 8pm

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WORTH MORE THAN A NICKEL On March 11

CPI_Worth More than a NickelWORTH MORE THAN A NICKEL
Presented by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
March 11
Downtown

Written by Tammy Brady
Directed by Tatiana Godfrey

Cast: Ethan Marx as Maxwell, Chance Kilgour as Spider-Man, Amanda Teemley as Emily, Matt Brauch as Raymond, Barbara Manning as Nanna, Agatha Hickerson as Pearl, Jackson Dugan as Sweeth Tooth Jack, Dennis Blom as Sweet Dream Majesty & Traci Taylor as Dr. Fleming

This is a children’s story about a boy who is enchanted by Spiderman on a pumpkin farm in Iowa. Unbeknownst to the parents he suffers from a brain tumor. His mother believes he developed an imaginary friend due to loneliness and encourages him to befriend the girl who moves to the neighboring farm. Reluctant at first, the boy concedes and they become playmates. As the story unfolds, he learns about his brain tumor, and the value of a real friend.

  • Tue, March 11 at 7:30pm

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CCPA Auditions for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

CCPACincinnati Landmark Productions Will hold Auditions for the Covedale’s 2014/2015 season opener, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Saturday, March 29th 12:00 to 3:00pm
Tuesday, April 1st 6:00 to 9:00pm

Auditions will be held at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue in West Price Hill.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
By Tennessee Williams
September 11 – October 5, 2014

Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, rejects the realities of life as her desperate defense of her weak, vulnerable soul. But when she is reduced to living on the charity of her sister, in a seedy New Orleans apartment, Blanche’s confrontation with her brutish brother in law, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness. A classic American drama which ranks as one of the greatest in our theatre. Greg Procaccino, Director

Rehearsals begin: Monday, August 4, 2014
Performance dates: September 11 – October 5, 2014

Requirements: Adult Performers please. MUST HAVE A RESUME listing theatrical experience in order to audition. A headshot/picture is appreciated but not required. Auditionees will be asked to read from the script.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Characters

  • Blanche Dubois, Not quite a heroine, Blanche is the complicated protagonist of the play. She is a faded Southern belle without a dime left to her name, after generations of mismanagement led to the loss of the family fortune.. Blanche tries to continue being the Southern belle of her youth, but she is too old and has seen too much, and soon her grip on reality begins to slip. She has difficulty understanding the passion in her sister’s marriage and is coolly calculating in her relationship with Mitch – yet barely manages to suppress a latent nymphomania.
  • Stella Kowalski, Blanche’s younger sister, is about twenty-five years old and pregnant with her first child. Stella has made a new life for herself in New Orleans and is madly in love with her husband Stanley – their idyllic relationship is steeped in physical passion. Stella is forthright and unapologetic about the nature of her relationship with her husband, and although she loves her sister, she is pragmatic and refuses to let anything come between her and Stanley.
  • Stanley Kowalski, Stella’s husband, is a man of solid, blue-collar stock – direct, passionate, and often violent. He has no patience for Blanche. He is a controlling and domineering man, demanding subservience from his wife in the belief that his authority is threatened by Blanche’s arrival.
  • Harold “Mitch” Mitchell One of Stanley’s friends. Mitch is as tough and “unrefined” as Stanley. He is an imposing physical specimen, massively built and powerful, but he is also a deeply sensitive and compassionate man. His mother is dying, and this impending loss affects him profoundly. He is attracted to Blanche from the start. Mitch is a fundamentally decent man and seeks only to settle down. But when the truth about Blanche’s history comes to light, he feels swindled by her.
  • Eunice Hubbell is the owner of the apartment building, and Steve’s wife. She is generally helpful, offering Stella and Blanche shelter after Stanley beats Stella. She has a personal understanding of the Kowalskis’ relationship because it mirrors her own.
  • Steve Hubbell is Eunice’s husband, and owner of the apartment building. As one of the poker players, Steve has the final line of the play. It comes as Blanche is carted off to the asylum and Steve coldly deals another hand.
  • Pablo Gonzales is one of the poker players, who punctuates games with Spanish phrases.
  • African American Woman is a non-naturalistic character; it seems that the actor playing this role is in fact playing a number of different Negro women, all minor characters. Emphasizing the non-naturalistic aspect of the character, in the original production of Streetcar, the “Negro Woman” was played by a male actor.
  • A Strange Man (The Doctor) arrives at the end to bring Blanche on her “vacation.” After the Nurse has pinned her, the Doctor succeeds in calming Blanche. She latches onto him, depending, now and always, “on the kindness of strangers.”
  • A Strange Woman (The Nurse) is a brutal and impersonal character, institutional and severe in an almost stylized fashion. She wrestles Blanche to the ground.
  • A Young Collector comes to collect money for the paper. Blanche throws herself at him shamelessly.
  • A Mexican Woman sells flowers for the dead during the powerful scene when Blanche recounts her fall from grace.

For more information on auditions, contact us at (513) 241 – 6550. Check us out on the web @ www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com

Cincinnati Federal Savings is the 2013 – 2014 Season Sponsor for the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue, 45238.

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The Passing of Julie Anderson-Diamond

MISC_CondolencesJulie, daughter of Norman and Rita Anderson. Sister of Judy (Butch) Morris and Lynn (Don) Himburg. Aunt of Bill (Amber) and Beth Himburg. Great Aunt of Hazel Himburg. Passed away Saturday February 22, 2014, age 51, after a lengthy illness. Private burial.

Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 at 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Church, 5361 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45252.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vitas Hospice. www.communityconnection.org, The Neidhard-Snow Funeral Home in Mt. Healthy is serving the family.

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BPI Announces Cast for LEND ME A TENOR

LEND ME A TENOR
Presented by Beechmont Players, Inc.
May 9 – 17, 2014

BPI_logoFamed tenor Il Stupendo is scheduled to sing Othello at a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company, but jealous lovers, an autograph-hunting bellboy, infatuated donors, an ambitious stage manager and a hilarious case of mistaken identity lead to incredible confusion. Can the cast muddle through to a happy ending? LEND ME A TENOR is by Ken Ludwig, author of Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy For You and Twentieth Century.

Dates and times:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014
  • 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 

Cast:

  • Max: Mason Parker
  • Maggie: Lauren Showen
  • Saunders: Mark Metzner
  • Julia: Samantha Toberman
  • Tito Merelli: Chad Boggs
  • Diana: Brieanne Sheehan
  • Bellhop: Trey Paris
  • Maria: Katey Blood 

LEND ME A TENOR will be performed at the Anderson Center theatre (7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230). Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 students, seniors (ages 60 and over) and active military. They can be purchased online at www.beechmontplayers.org or by phone at 513-233-2468.

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