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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Concert Runs Sept. 10-11

CPO_Beauty and the Beast logoDisney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Concert
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Sept. 10-11
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Be our guest as the Cincinnati Pops performs the score to Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, live to the complete, beloved film! Featuring unforgettable characters and Academy Award®-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991), Beauty and the Beast is a classic tale that’s been capturing hearts for generations. Now’s your chance to watch the spellbinding story unfold at Music Hall.

  • Sat-Sun, Sept. 10-11 at 2pm

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KING LEAR Runs Sept. 9-Oct. 1

CSC_King Lear promoKING LEAR
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Sept. 9-Oct. 1
[Over-the-Rhine]

Lear claims “nothing will come of nothing,” but Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals madness will come in the face of chaotic plights. In contemporary Europe, a familial dynasty divides when an aging patriarch splits his estate between two wicked daughters and casts out the third – the only one who truly loves him. As Lear and the status quo devolve into madness, the whole family faces the brutal truth of family dynamics, loyalty, and the existence of justice.

  • In preview Wed-Thu, Sept. 7-8 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 9-10 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 18 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 25 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Sept. 29-30 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Oct. 1 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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BOURBON AT THE BORDER Quick Review

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James Christian Jr. as Tyrone, Kyndra Dyanne Jefferies as Rosa & Torie Wiggins as May. Photo by Kristie Rucker.

BOURBON AT THE BORDER presented by Falcon Theatre through Aug. 14. I attended the opening night performance. 

Torie Wiggins and Charlie Thompson’s performances in the second half of Act II are incredibly strong and emotionally raw. Unfortunately, the problematic script by Pearl Cleage takes an exposition-heavy, meandering route to get to this payoff. While it is understandable that events which have occurred in the past are recounted by the cast, even the current events take place “off-stage” resulting in the audience being told what happened rather than being shown.

The costume design by Tara Williams meets the demands of the script and the time-period, but the structure of the script causes several delays as the audience waits for costume changes.

The set design by Ted Weil works well for the most part although the upstage wall of the kitchen with its white cabinets and oven looks a bit too clean and modern for someone struggling financially.

The pacing could be tightened up a bit. Director Piper N. Davis has a tendency of clustering the cast together which makes the play area feel confined. There are times when the blocking becomes stagnant with actors sitting for extended periods of time. While this is an intimate show, it still needs to play beyond the front row of the audience.

Overall, a fine but flawed production.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Cast Announced for it’s not a trip it’s a journey at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

KTC_Lets Play logoMeet the incredible cast of our next MainStage production, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, by Charly Evon Simpson.

it’s not a trip it’s a journey is a Rolling World Premiere, produced in association with the National New Play Network alongside productions at Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD) and Good Company Theatre (Ogden, UT).

it’s not a trip it’s a journey runs September 23 – October 9, 2022 at Know Theatre.

Meet the Cast

  • ANGELIQUE ARCHER as FRANKIE
    Angelique makes her Know Theatre debut with it’s not a trip it’s a journey. Locally, she has previously been seen onstage at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Angelique plays Frankie, the one in the friend group who looks like she has her whole life together (but on the inside she knows she doesn’t).
  • A.J. BALDWIN as RAIN
    We welcome A.J. back to the MainStage after her appearance as Tyra in last season’s The Twunny Fo’, which she also wrote. A.J. has also appeared at the Know as the Beacon in The Absentee (2019) and Gina in Zack (2020). A.J. plays Rain, who’s struggling after a bad breakup and hopes this road trip will fast-forward the grieving process.
  • JASIMINE BOULDIN as JUNE
    After appearing as Rissa in this spring’s The Twunny Fo’, Jasimine returns to the MainStage to play June, who came up with the whole idea of the journey in the first place – and who might need it more than any of the others.
  • ARIEL MARY ANN as WILLIE
    Ariel makes her MainStage debut with this production, although she’s been seen at the Know in as an actor in Serials! and an actor and playwright in the One-Minute Play Festival. Ariel plays Willie, who sometimes feels on the outskirts of the friend group and struggles to express how they feel, even to their closest friends.
  • it’s not a trip it’s a journey is directed by Darryl Harris. The design team includes Andrew J. Hungerford (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Noelle Wedig-Johnston (Costume Designer), Douglas Borntrager (Sound and Projections Designer), and Danielle Robison (Props Designer). The technical director is Jim Stark and the stage manager is Grace Wohlschlegel.

For tickets and more information visit www.knowtheatre.com/its-not-a-trip-its-a-journey/

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THIS RANDOM WORLD Runs Sept. 8-25

MPI_This Random World logoTHIS RANDOM WORLD
Mariemont Players
Sept. 8-25
Walton Creek Theater

Directed by Laura Berkemeier

Cast: Brieanne Sheehan as Beth, Jay Gossett as Tim, Liz Ingram as Scottie, Dan Maloney as Gary, Megan Carr as Rhonda, Caitlin Ingram as Claire, Candace Grissom as Bernadette & Mark Metzner as The Man

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 8-10 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 11 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Sept. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sept. 17 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 18 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 25 at 2pm

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