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For the 14th Season, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents the Hilarious Holiday Favorite, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Along with Special Offers for Giving Experiences this Holiday

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Billy Chace, Miranda McGee Maggie Lou Rader, and Justin McCombs EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME). Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The annual holiday blockbuster comedy “Every Christmas Story” plays for a limited time Dec. 13- 29, 2019 as Cincinnati Shakespeare helps you check off people on your gift giving list! 

CINCINNATI, December 5, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is celebrating the holidays this season by presenting the beloved holiday classic, “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” for a limited time on stage December 13- 29, 2019 with discounted ticket prices starting at $30. They are also offering the change to give experiences this holiday season for everyone your list with Gift Certificates and a new limited time item called “The Experience Package” that gives someone a complete night at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company with tickets, drinks, and more!

For the 14th straight year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is thrilled to offer a full season of holiday cheer in just a little more than 90 minutes with “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez. What begins as another annual production of “A Christmas Carol” soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Nutcracker, RudolphCharlie Brown and more! Three actors (with the help of a tipsy Santa) send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity.

CSC Director of Creative Education, Jeremy Dubin, returns to the director’s chair. This production is one of the most popular events in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company history breaking attendance and sales records every year. Director Jeremy Dubin remarks, “This cast has so much fun together that the show has become a very personal holiday tradition for all of us. It’s occasionally a little irreverent but always warm-spirited, and it’s the perfect answer to all your winter woes.”

Please note that “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” is most appreciated by adults and older teens, and is not recommended for any theatergoers still young enough to believe in Santa.  This is a perfect show to make a date night, for families with older kids and teens, and/or an outing with friends! Bob’s Bar in the lobby will have extra special drinks on sale including the “Naughty or Nice Cocktail” where the bartender gets to decide which cocktail stirrer you get- a “Naughty” or a “Nice”. There will also be hot chocolate that you can make “festive” or “naughty” with items like marshmallows, chocolate drizzle, shots of baileys and more. Be sure to arrive early for a pre-show drink and then order another beverage to be waiting for you at intermission!

While you are at the show- or available online 24/7- keep in mind that giving the gift of an experience has never been easier at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.  CSC offers Gift Certificates in any amount that can used for tickets, subscriptions, classes, summer camp and more! This is also a great idea for parents and grandparents to give to students for their upcoming Summer Camp. And for a limited time item, give the gift of “The Experience Package” which gives someone a complete night at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company with tickets, drinks, and more all packaged inside a CSC Coffee Tumbler with a bow and gift tag for $150 (actual retail value $200+)! Available for purchase online and same-day pick up in the lobby at CSC.  Learn more about holiday gifting at www.cincyshakes.com/gift.

All performances of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” are held at The Otto M. Budig Theater on 1195 Elm St in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  Tickets range from $30-$60.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273), or visit us online at www.cincyshakes.com.

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Quick Review

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company through Dec. 7. I attended the opening night performance. 

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The cast of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography

After their dark and bloody Halloween-appropriate production, Cincinnati Shakespeare offers an (over-) over-the-top comedy to close out the year with William Shakespeare’s THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.

Now don’t get me wrong: there are plenty of moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the comic bits work really well. But on opening night, the ones that landed were outnumbered by the ones that did not. And with a run time of almost three hours with intermission, the show could use a bit of “bit” trimming.

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Abby Lee as Mistress Ford, Billy Chace as Falstaff, and Jennifer Joplin as Mistress Page. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography

Visually, the show looks great. The costume designs by Rainy Edwards are colorful and appropriate for the characters. The “found object” fairy costumes near the end of the play were very clever with great attention to detail. Shannon Robert’s set, dominated by two individually rotating towers worked well for the various locations and the need for numerous quick entrances/exits.

Billy Chace is fun as Falstaff, the boozing braggart with an over-inflated sense of sexual prowess. The objects of his unwanted advances are the hyperactive and slightly dingy Mistress Alice Ford, wonderfully played by Abby Lee and the down to earth but mischievous-minded Mistress Margaret Page, wonderfully played by Jennifer Joplin. The two characters balance each other well.

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Abby Lee as Mistress Ford & Billy Chace as Falstaff. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography

It is the second tier of characters that throws off that balance. When you have five or six over-the-top characters on stage together, their antics can overshadow the story. There were times when I longed for the return of Mistress Margaret Page, Mistress Quickly (Miranda McGee) or Anne Page (Kahla Tisdale) to bring a bit of sanity to the stage (in a good way). Also, several of the character voice/accent choices were difficult to understand when the actors had their backs to you. I think for me, as a fairly frequent audience member at CSC, the casting choices and sense of humor of this production does not cross into new territory.

If you are looking for a big and bawdy night of quirky comedy, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR has that in spades.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Runs Dec. 13-29

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Billy Chace, Miranda McGee Maggie Lou Rader, and Justin McCombs EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME). Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Dec. 13-29
[Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Jeremy Dubin

Cast: Justin McCombs, Billy Chace, Miranda McGee & Maggie Lou Rader!

What begins as another annual production of A Christmas Carol, soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite “Beloved Holiday Classics” including It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and more! Three actors (with the help of Santa) send up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss in 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity.

  • Fri, Dec. 13 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Dec. 14-15 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Tue-Fri, Dec. 17-20 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Dec. 21-22 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Mon, Dec. 23 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 27 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 28 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 29 at 2pm

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents the Comedies THE MERRY WIVES OR WINDSOR and EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD This November and December for Hilarious Holiday Fun

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Jennifer Joplin as Mistress Margaret Page and Abby Lee as Mistress Alice Ford in William Shakespeare’s THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

There is something to make everyone laugh this holiday season at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company with Shakespeare’s delightful comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” playing Nov. 15- Dec. 7 followed by the annual holiday blockbuster comedy “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” Dec. 13- 29, 2019 

CINCINNATI, October 29, 2019 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is pleased to announce more details on their upcoming productions this November and December. Opening next on the mainstage from November 15th through December 7th will be William Shakespeare’s screwball comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” directed by CSC’s Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips.  Following closely after that will be the 14th annual production of the beloved holiday classic, “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” on stage December 13- 29, 2019 and will, once again, be directed by Jeremy Dubin.

Originally written to make Queen Elizabeth I laugh, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” proves that women’s wits and wiles win the day! The bawdy, bombastic, and chronically cash-poor Sir John Falstaff has been raising hell in the quiet town of Windsor. When his massive bar tab outstrips his meager means, he needs to raise some cash—and quick. He hatches a plan to seduce two of Windsor’s most wealthy married women, but when they catch wind of his salacious scheme, they turn the tables on their would-be wooer, joining forces to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget.

In honor of 100 years of the passing and ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, CSC is setting the backdrop of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in the Women’s Suffrage era for this silly and fun comedy. The soundscape of the production, constructed by Sound Designer, Douglas J. Borntrager, will feature Suffrage hymns and marches and original music will be composed by Ensemble member, Cary Davenport. The production will also feature a Bergamask dance with choreography by Ensemble member, Darnell Pierre Benjamin. The dance originated in Bergamo, Italy and is typically associated with lightheartedness and buffoonery.

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Billy Chace, Miranda McGee Maggie Lou Rader, and Justin McCombs EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME). Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Following “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for the 14th straight year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is thrilled to offer a full season of holiday cheer in just a little more than 90 minutes with “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez. This hilarious production is a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite Christmas stories performed by just four actors.  Justin McCombs and Billy Chace, who are respectively 14th year and 13th year company members, return to poke fun at the holiday season, with returning special guest Miranda McGee, 10th year company member. CSC welcomes back for the 3rd season in this production, Resident Company Member Maggie Lou Rader!

CSC Director of Creative Education, Jeremy Dubin, returns to the director’s chair. This production is one of the most popular events in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company history breaking attendance and sales records every year. Director Jeremy Dubin remarks, “This cast has so much fun together that the show has become a very personal holiday tradition for all of us. It’s occasionally a little irreverent but always warm-spirited, and it’s the perfect panacea to all your winter woes.”

Please note that “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” is most appreciated by adults and older teens, and is not recommended for any theatergoers still young enough to believe in Santa.

All performances of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” are held at The Otto M. Budig Theater on 1195 Elm St in OTR, adjacent to Washington Park.  Tickets start at $28.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273), or visit us online at www.cincyshakes.com.

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2019-2020 Season of the Woman:
From June of 1919 to August of 1920, these United States passed and ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In commemoration of this centennial, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will shine the spotlight on the Women of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in our “Season of the Woman”, both onstage and off, and join organizations across the city in an ArtsWave led initiative called “Power of Her” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage!

This season is also funded by ArtsWave.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, and The Shubert Foundation.  The season’s marketing design sponsor is Grey Midwest. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com.

About POWER OF HER:
POWER OF HER is a collaboration of organizations across the Greater Cincinnati region, united to activate and amplify women’s voices in the arts. Led by ArtsWave, and inspired by the women’s suffrage movement, the initiative salutes the women who came before us, and honors female leadership and woman-centric works of all kinds.

At its core, POWER OF HER underscores creativity as a vehicle for inclusion and equality by celebrating the female voice — and the many ways it champions a more diverse and vibrant world.  Learn more at https://www.artswave.org/discover/power-of-her

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THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Runs Nov. 15-Dec. 7

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Nov. 15-Dec. 7
[Over-the-Rhine]

The bawdy, bombastic, and chronically cash-poor Sir John Falstaff has been raising hell in the quiet town of Windsor. When his massive bar tab outstrips his meager means, he needs to raise some cash—and quick. He hatches a plan to seduce two of Windsor’s most wealthy married women, but when they catch wind of his salacious scheme, they turn the tables on their would-be wooer, joining forces to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget.

  • In preview Wed-Thu, Nov. 15-16 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 17-18 at 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Nov. 21-23 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 24 at 2pm
  • Fri, Nov. 29 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Nov. 30 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 1 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Dec. 5-6 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec. 7 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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