ST. NICHOLAS presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati through Oct. 28. Click here for a synopsis and more information on the production. I attended the opening Saturday performance.
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati continues its 2018-19 season with a special performance event that is perfect for the Halloween season. An eerie one-man show about a theater critic [the horror!] and some vampires.
All joking aside, Bruce Cromer is completely engaging as Man, an Irish journalist recounting the sins of his life and the events that lead him to an unexpected relationship with the creatures of the night. As usual, Cromer brings a great physicality to the role that is very enjoyable to watch. Director Brian Robertson keeps the show well paced, makes great use of the entire play area, and emphasizes the wit and humor of the script.
The simple set and smart lighting designs, both by Brian c. Mehring, easily meet the needs of the far-traveling script. Matt Callahan’s sound design also does much to add to the eerie atmosphere of the piece. Stormi Mac’s design and the small changes to Cromer’s wardrobe over the course of the show are very effective.
Overall, an engaging tale both well-told and well-presented.
My rating: 4.75 out of 5.
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