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it’s not a trip, it’s a journey Quick Review

it’s not a trip, it’s a journey presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati through Oct. 9. I attended the opening Saturday night performance. 

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Angelique Archer as Frankie, A.J. Baldwin as Rain, Ariel Mary Ann as Willie, & Jasimine Bouldin as June. Photo by Dan. R. Winters.

Director Daryl Harris smartly leads a quartet of charismatic young women on this tale of a life-changing journey to the Grand Canyon.

I enjoyed the short pre-show that introduces the four characters via a signature song and dance, choreographed by Kim Popa. Make sure you are in your seats before show time.

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A.J. Baldwin as Rain & Jasimine Bouldin as June. Photo by Dan. R. Winters.

I found Jasimine Bouldin’s performance as June to be completely engaging. The actress’ expressive face and emotional beats well defined her character. AJ Baldwin is strong as the emotionally troubled Rain and her relationships with the other characters are nicely established. As Frankie, Angelique Archer brings the attitude and is believable as the cracks in her armor begin to show. Ariel Mary Ann has several nice moments as Willie. I would encourage you to tie your blocking to your lines as a few times you seemed to plant your body before speaking. And always remember to breathe.

The projections work well in establishing location and the overall progress of their trip.

The structure of the show is almost a series of vignettes as the action switches between the car and their various stops along the way. This does result in a start and stop quality that affects the energy and pacing between scenes, particularly when the four chair “car” is struck and reset. Perhaps if the chairs were on a truck it would help with the flow.

Overall, a fun, sassy and emotionally-fulfilling road trip.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE Runs Oct. 27-Nov. 6

NKU_Dr Jkeyll & Mr. Hyde logoDR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
NKU School of the Arts
Oct. 27-Nov. 6
Stauss Theatre [Highland Heights]

Directed by Michael Hatton

Dr. Jekyll is a kind, well-respected and intelligent scientist who explores the darker side of science, as he wants to bring out his ‘second’ nature. His experiments transform himself into Mr. Hyde – his evil alter ego who doesn’t repent or accept responsibility for his evil crimes and ways. Jekyll tries to control his alter ego, Hyde, and for a while, Jekyll has the power. The struggle to keep his alternate nature contained leads Dr. Jekyll down a path of death and destruction in this Gothic thriller. This exciting stage adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a narrative about the complexities of science and the duplicity of human nature.

  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 27-29 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 30 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 2-5 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 2pm

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THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE Quick Review

THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE presented by Falcon Theatre through Oct. 8. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Tracy Schoster as Heartha Ayrton & Tara Williams as Marie Curie.

Falcon Theatre kicks off their season with a work by the prolific and oft-produced playwright Lauren Gunderson. This two-person show features Tara Williams as the titular character and Tracy Schoster as fellow scientist and friend, Heartha Ayrton.

The two have an easy chemistry and their personal years-long friendship serves their onstage relationship well as Heartha rushes to her friend’s side during one of the darkest times in Curie’s life. With Ayrton having the stronger personality, I did feel there were times, particularly in their first scene together, where she was talking “at” instead of “to” her friend. I’m all about the snark, but the tone could have been lightened here and there.

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Tara Williams as Marie Curie.

There were times when the blocking became a bit stagnant with extended periods of sitting, especially in the first scene that was confined to a small play space.

Of the Gunderson plays I have seen, this script lacks the depth I am used to finding in her other works. Perhaps it is because this is a commissioned work and was not created as organically. With only two characters, aside from a well-acted disagreement halfway through the performance, there is little conflict between the two, resulting in grievances aired against those not present.

A couple of choices did impact my ability to be pulled into the story. While I’m not expecting expensive and elaborate time-period appropriate costumes, Ayrton’s styling and costume seem to be decades outside of the time frame of the play. I also question the decision to forego the use of accents. In this day of representation, it seems ill-advised to eliminate an integral part of each character’s identity, in a way “Americanizing” their story.

Overall, an interesting, solidly performed, but at times flawed, look at two turn-of-the-century scientific pioneers.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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Join Us for Cincinnati Ballet’s Annual Block Party on October 1

CB_new logoThe FREE event features classes, performances, food, games, and photos with Fiona!

CINCINNATI, OH.  (September 22, 2022) – Join the fun at the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance on Saturday, October 1 from 3-7 pm for our annual Block Party! The FREE event is a great way for the community to get acquainted with all that Cincinnati Ballet has to offer – from live dance performances to trial classes to photos with Cincinnati Ballet characters the Nutcracker Prince and Fiona the Hippo from our annual production of The Nutcracker. Guests will also enjoy dance-themed facepainting, participate in a community art mural coloring project and games to play together on our outdoor performance plaza. City of Cincinnati – Walnut Hills firefighters will also be on hand with equipment on display for children and adults to get an close-up look at vehicles used around the city.

Cincinnati Ballet is also honored to partner with local dance groups to educate the community about all the incredible dance genres being taught and performed in the Queen City. Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company – CB2 dancers will perform select works in the Sheakley Premier Studio, as will dancers from Bi-Okoto Cultural Center, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, and Revolution Dance Theatre. Bi-Okoto Cultural Center was established in 1994 as a professional African dance company whose mission is to preserve, promote and share the rich cultural heritage of Africa and Africans using drums, music, dance, food, languages, and other arts. Cincinnati Highland Dancers are Cincinnati’s official Scottish Highland Dance Group. Revolution Dance Theatre is Cincinnati’s only African American dance company committed to work that raises the level of access, visibility, and representation of American Americans in dance.

The Bock Party will also feature trial classes for all ages of children and adults taught by instructors from Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

SCHEDULE OF FREE TRIAL CLASSES:

3-3:30pm

  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 8-15)

4-4:30pm

  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Musical Theater (ages 8-15)
  • Intro Barre (ages 16+)

5-5:30pm

  • Creative Dance (ages 2-4)
  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Ballet Basics (ages 16+)

6-6:30pm

  • Beginning Ballet (ages 5-7)
  • Jazz (ages 8-15)
  • Modern (ages 16+)

Pre-register now at https://bit.ly/3BBx49x or cballet.org.

Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

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Cast Announced for GOOD PEOPLE at Fairfield Footlighters

fflFairfield Footlighters and director Darren Lee are happy to announce the cast of GOOD PEOPLE.

The cast includes:

  • Margaret – Alicia Friedman
  • Stevie – Cameron Johnson
  • Dottie – Gail Rudolph
  • Jean – Elizabeth Hickerson
  • Mike – Neil Goeppinger
  • Kate – Rachel Marion

Thanks to all who auditioned and we hope to see you again in the future!

GOOD PEOPLE runs November 18-20. More info can be found at fairfieldfootlighters.org.

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