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HARRY AND THE THIEF presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati through Aug. 30. Read the show description.
Having tackled television with their summer theater experiment SERIALS!, Know takes on the summer movie blockbuster with HARRY AND THE THIEF.
The talented ensemble, under the direction of Holly L. Derr, does a great job of bringing this quirky script to life. Kudos to Keisha Kemper, who stepped in last minute on the first weekend, for an ailing actress.
I think the concept of the show is smart. If Hollywood can turn the story of “Noah’s Ark” into an overproduced special effects summer blockbuster, surely the inspirational story of Harriet Tubman could benefit from the same treatment. Simply add time-travel, modern weapons and explosions. The script touches upon some important social topics without getting heavy-handed.
Video (designed by Doug Borntrager & Andrew Hungerford) is used to set the scene locations and provides some fun visual gags throughout. Excellent costume design by Noelle Wedig, especially for the character of Anita.
Overall a strong production of an uneven script. The writing has some great moments, but could use a bit more polish.
My rating: 3.75 out of 5
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