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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Runs Nov. 22-Dec. 30

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Bruce Cromer as Ebenezer Scrogge & Von Eric Huhn as Tiny Tim. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 22-Dec. 30
Marx Theatre [Eden Park]

Directed by Michael Evan Haney

The Playhouse’s version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life its familiar story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. As he witnesses all those who have improved his life — his first love Belle, his kindhearted employer Fezziwig, his nephew Fred and his heartily abused clerk Bob Cratchit — he realizes that it’s never too late to change his miserly ways. A CHRISTMAS CAROL’s heartwarming message, hundreds of costumes and thrilling special effects help to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions each year. Ages 5 and up.

  • In preview Wed, Nov. 22 at 7pm
  • Fri, Nov. 24 at 7pm
  • Sat, Nov. 25 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Nov. 26 at 2pm
  • Fri, Dec. 1 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 2 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 7-8 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 9 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 10 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 14-15 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 16 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 17 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 19-21 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 22-23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 26-29 at 7pm
  • Sat, Dec. 30 at 2pm & 7pm

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AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Runs Nov. 4-Dec. 17

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Photo of Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx courtesy of Frank Ferrante Productions.

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 4-Dec. 17
Shelterhouse Theater [Eden Park]

Directed by Dreya Weber

Cast: Frank Ferrante as Grouch & Gerald Sternbach as Accompanist

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity contains all of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs. Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Marx foil Margaret Dumont. Appropriate for ages 12 and up with very mild adult content.

  • In preview Sat, Nov. 4 at 8pm & Sun, Nov. 5 at 7pm
  • Thu, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 11 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 12 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, Nov. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 17 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 18 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 19 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Wed, Nov. 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 24 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 25 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 26 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Nov. 28 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 29 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Nov. 30 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 2 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 3 at 2pm
  • Tue, Dec. 5 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Dec. 7 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 8 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 9 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 10 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 12-14 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 16 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 17 at 2pm

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Award-Winning Frank Ferrante Brings Groucho Marx to Life on Stage in AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO

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Photo of Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx courtesy of Frank Ferrante Productions.

CINCINNATI—Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Nov. 4 through Dec. 17 in AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO.

Ferrante was described by The New York Times as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.” Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast-paced 90-minute show contains all the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs.

“The incomparable Frank Ferrante is the nation’s foremost performer of Groucho Marx’s work,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “He truly brings a legend to life. His hilarious antics are sure to entertain longtime fans of the Marx Brothers, while introducing younger generations to his comic genius.”

Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer, among other legendary celebrities. The show also incorporates interaction with the audience.

“I never know what is going to happen from show to show,” Ferrante says. “We have people come back two and three times to see the show because the improvisation is so heavy that every night is a different experience.”

Ferrante won the 1987 New York’s Theatre World Award and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for portraying Groucho Marx in Groucho: A Life in Revue Starring Frank Ferrante, which was a long-running Off-Broadway play.  He reprised the role in London’s West End and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Comedy Performance of the Year.’ Ferrante also played the same part Groucho Marx performed in Off-Broadway revivals of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.

TICKETS
Prices for at $35 for the Nov. 4 and 5 preview performances and at $40 for all other performances depending on seat location. Prices are subject to change. Tickets for teens and students are $30 or $45, depending on seating location. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7:00 PM performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Large print programs and hearing enhancement receivers are available upon request.

BOX OFFICE
513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; or 513-345-2248 – TDD access (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).

SPONSORS
Production Sponsor is The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. Design sponsor is The Geiler Company. The Shelterhouse Theatre Season Season is presented by Heidelberg Distribution Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Foundation. Shelterhouse Theatre Season Design Sponsor is the Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Runs Oct. 14-Nov. 11

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Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Oct. 14-Nov. 11
Marx Theater [Eden Park]

Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge

Winner of five Tony Awards, this Broadway smash hit puts you inside the brilliant mind of a boy who sees the world as most of us can only imagine. Fifteen-year-old Christopher is acutely sensitive and highly intelligent, but he has trouble adapting socially. When he’s unfairly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, Christopher puts his analytical skills to work to clear his name. His investigation leads him on a sometimes frightening quest that unearths a second, more personal mystery. Based on the bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a breathtaking theatrical experience that will fill you with hope. Appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. While this is a hopeful story about a young man’s personal quest, it contains strong adult language, mature themes and intense moments that reflect the psychological perspective of the protagonist.

  • In preview, Sat, Oct. 14 at 8pm & Sun, Oct. 15 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Oct. 17-18 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Oct. 19 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 21 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 22 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 24-26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 28 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 29 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, Nov. 1-2 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 4 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 5 at 2pm
  • Tue, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 8 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 11 at 4pm & 8pm

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Broadway Smash Hit Coming to the Playhouse THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME starts Oct. 14

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CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings another Broadway hit to Cincinnati this fall with THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. A winner of five Tony Awards, the production puts you inside the brilliant mind of a boy who sees the world as most of us can only imagine.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mark Haddon. The story introduces us to Christopher Boone, a brilliant and sweet 15-year-old who excels in mathematics and problem-solving. This heroic story is told through his perspective, which is especially unique, as he has certain sensitivities to social interactions and relationships.

“This hopeful and compelling drama is about relationships, difference and the importance of understanding,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “It’s also a thrilling play solving a mystery within a mystery. When Christopher takes on his own investigation of a neighborhood crime, he discovers secrets in his own life that he never could have imagined.”

This production will be directed by Tony Award-nominated, Broadway director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who most recently directed The Secret Garden at the Playhouse in 2015.

“In our production, the cast and creative team will utilize the techniques of cunning stagecraft and heightened behavior to bring the story to vivid life,” Dodge says in her notes on the production. “No high-tech approach for this production, but rather an approach that will allow these seemingly ordinary characters to make their relationships with Christopher meaningful and fulfilling, however complicated and messy. Everyone who connects with Christopher will begin to see the world in unexpected and enlightening ways.”

The stage adaptation made its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2012, its West End debut in 2013 and its Broadway debut in 2014. An overwhelming success, the show won five Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards including Best Play.

“THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a breathtaking theatrical experience that will fill you with hope,” Robison added.

The production opens with previews on Oct. 14 (official opening Oct. 19) and runs through Nov. 11, 2017

TICKETS
Prices for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME start at $35 depending on seat location and performance day. Tickets for teens and students are $30. Prices subject to change. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

SPONSORS
Production sponsors are Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth and Moe and Jack Rouse. Artist Sponsors are Barbara and Bill Weyand. The Robert S. Marx Theatre Season is presented by Schueler Group. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Rosenthal Foundation and Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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SPECIAL EVENTS
Page-to-Stage Book Club
Oct. 16 & Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Joseph Beth Booksellers Rookwood

This season, the Playhouse is thrilled to continue our partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers with a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage.

  • Oct. 16: Explore Haddon’s novel about a brilliant teenager with social sensitivities who finds himself in the center of a murder-mystery plot surrounding his neighbor’s dog.
  • Nov. 13: After you’ve had a chance to see the Playhouse’s interpretation of the Tony Award-winning play, come discuss the artistic choices of the actors and production team with a member of the artistic staff.

All Playhouse book club events take place at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Rookwood location. Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth. Discussion events are free but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Playhouse Perspectives: Discussion on Autism
Oct. 30, 7 p.m.  at the Playhouse

Much of the discussion in popular culture that surrounds The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NIGHT-TIME includes the social sensitivities and challenges that the protagonist faces. Many readers have interpreted that Christopher displays symptoms which are present on the autism spectrum. Though author Mark Haddon has consistently explained that the story is about differences and understanding and not about Christopher’s dispositions, audiences have nevertheless engaged in critical discussions about the story’s representation of autism.

To gain a deeper understanding of this important conversation, the Playhouse is hosting a discussion with parents, experts and friends to discuss autism in the Greater Cincinnati area on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

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