Coming Up in Cincinnati Theatre: March 7-11

…BLINK AND THEY’RE GONE

THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT

Know Theatre of Cincinnati

The Story: THE AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT is aimed at allowing Afghan women to have a direct voice in the world, not filtered through male relatives or members of the media. Many of these Afghan women have to make extreme efforts to gain computer access in order to secretly submit their writings, in English, to the project.
The Dates: March 8-11, 2012
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CELEBRITY OLD TIME RADIO SHOW

Xenia Area Community Theatre

The Story: Xenia celebrities and area actors perform old time radio favorites. Also presented for the first time is A ‘TIME’ FOR RADIO
The Dates: March 9-11, 2012
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…NEW THIS WEEK

COLE

Mariemont Players Inc.

The Story: Follows Cole Porter’s life – from Yale to Paris to Manhattan to Broadway to Hollywood. This delightful musical tribute to the King of Musicals includes such hit tunes as I Love Paris, Take Me Back to Manhattan, “Love for Sale, Night and Day, and I Get a Kick Out of You.
The Dates: March 9-25, 2012
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THE DINING ROOM

Lebanon Theatre Company

The Story: A mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species of the upper-middle-class.
The Dates: March 9-18, 2012
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MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

The Story: Stephen Sondheim’s remarkable Broadway fable of friendship and the high price of success opens in the present and moves backward in time. The triumphs and failures of a jaded composer and his two closest friends are traced from their estranged ending to their idealistic beginning. Directed by John Doyle, who led Playhouse’s Tony Award-winning production of COMPANY, the performers in this highly anticipated revival will play all of the instruments as they act and sing in one of Sondheim’s most melodic scores. Ages 13 and up.
The Dates: March 3-31, 2012
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THE PRODUCERS

Loveland Stage Company

The Story: A fading producer, Max Bialystock, convinces accountant Leo Bloom to partner with him in producing a guaranteed flop and then running off with the money they’ve raised. “Springtime for Hitler” couldn’t possibly be a hit, right?
The Dates: March 9-18, 2012
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Burgess Byrd as Clairee Belcher & Christine Dye as Ouiser Boudreaux in CCPA’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts

The Story: Welcome to Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few revealing verbal collisions, the play invokes knowing laughter and certain tears when the spunky Shelby risks her life for a child of her own. The realization of mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love – in these uniquely American women.
The Dates: March 8-April 1, 2012
Tickets and More Information: Cincinnati Landmark Productions | BTC listing

…CONTINUING

Sara Clark as Marianne Dashwood, Giles Davies as Colonel Brandon, Kelly Mengelkoch as Elinor Dashwood & Brent Vimtrup as Edward Ferrars. Photo by Jeanna Vella.

Jane Austen’s SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

The Story: When a lack of luck makes for difficult marriage prospects, the Dashwood sisters set sail on the volatile seas of courtship. The sisters soon discover that neither reserved Elinor’s common sense nor impulsive Marianne’s passion offer the key to happiness. Scandalous secrets, burning betrayals, and suave (and some not-so-suave) suitors line the path to true love in this fresh adaptation.
The Dates: Through March 18, 2012
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…ENDING THIS WEEK

THE BIG PICTURE

Beavercreek Community Theatre

The Story: It’s the summer of 1962, college freshman Billy Carson is spending his first summer home with his mom and best friend. With only a few items to provide clues, Billy sets out with a renewed interest in discovering the father he never knew – B-Movie script writer and war hero, Jack Carson. But when old wounds are opened and new loves are discovered, Billy realizes that coming home is more difficult and ultimately more enlightening than he ever imagined and the sleepy town of Pine Springs, Illinois may never be the same. With script and lyrics by Troy native David Brush and music by Jim Farley of Piqua.
The Dates: March 2-11, 2012
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Don Volpenhein as Ray & Ashley Hail as Una in BLACKBIRD.

BLACKBIRD

The Story: Fifteen years ago, she was twelve and he was forty. Their relationship put him in jail and changed their lives forever. Now she has found him living a different life, under a different name. Will either person ever come to terms with the past? Or will the past consume them both? Ages 18 and up.
The Dates: March 2-11, 2012
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THE DINING ROOM

Stagecrafters

The Story: The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species of the upper-middle-class.

The Dates: March 3-11, 2012
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Michael Shooner as Man. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

ST. NICHOLAS

New Edgecliff Theatre

The Story: A burned-out theatre critic becomes infatuated with a young actress. Leaving his wife and children in Dublin to pursue his obsession, things become complicated in London when he finds himself in the employ of a coven of vampires. This wicked and riveting one-man show is sure to captivate audiences. Intended for mature audiences only.
The Dates: Through March 10, 2012
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TALLEY & SON

The Drama Workshop

The Story: The time is Independence Day, 1944, the place the parlor of the Talley homestead in Lebanon, Missouri. As World War II rages across the seas, the Talleys are beset with crises of a different sort. Commenting on the action, unseen by the others, is the “ghost” of the second son, Timmy, already a casualty of the Pacific war, although the family has not yet learned of his death.
The Dates: March 2-10, 2012
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Mike Moskowitz as Mr. Green in VISITING MR. GREEN. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

VISITING MR. GREEN

Falcon Theatre

The Story: After his car narrowly avoids an elderly man wandering into traffic,bright young professional Ross Gardiner has been sentenced to community service;he must visit his almost victim,Mr. Green,once a week for the next six months. Curmudgeonly Mr. Green resists Ross’s help,still overwhelmed with the death of his wife and harboring a deep and painful secret. But Ross has a secret of his own,and together the unlikely companions learn to understand each other and themselves in a humorous and touching story of forgiveness and compassion. This two-man play features real-life grandfather and grandson, Mike Moskowitz & Joshua Steele
The Dates: March 3-11, 2012
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Evy Ortiz as Maria and Ross Lekites as Tony in the First National Tour of WEST SIDE STORY. Photo © Carol Rosegg 2011.

WEST SIDE STORY

Broadway in Cincinnati

The Story: More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Directed by David Saint, using Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of West Side Story recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”
The Dates: Feb. 28-March 11, 2012
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…COMING SOON

EDGE WALKING

Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

The Dates: March 13, 2012
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TIME STANDS STILL

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati

The Dates: March 14-April 1, 2012
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NIXON’S NIXON

Middletown Lyric Theatre

The Dates: March 15-17, 2012
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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Rivertown Players Inc.

The Dates: March 15-17, 2012
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TIGERS BE STILL

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

The Dates: March 17-April 15, 2012
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Rob Bucher has been covering Greater Cincinnati theater online for more than 12 years and currently publishes Behind the Curtain Cincinnati. He has been an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Theater scene for 25 years both on stage and behind the scenes. For the last 12 years, he has been promoting local theater through various online endeavors. In recognition of his arts advocacy, Rob has been recongized with the first Friend of Association of Community Theater (ACT) Award in 2004, The Acclaim 2006-2007 Unsung Hero Award and the Ohio Community Theater Association’s (OCTA) 2008 Spirit of Community Theater Award, Southwest Region. Rob would like to thank the local art organizations, individual artists and arts patrons for their continued support.


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