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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “The Birds” Recognized by LCT

CSCBirdsPanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of The Birds for its sound and lighting design.

The Birds is an adaptation of Daphne Du Marier’s short story which was also the inspiration for Hitchcock’s classic film. For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn’t long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within.

Panelists praised Andrew Hungerford for lighting design and Doug Borntrager for sound design: “Lighting and sound contribute to the sense of menace and claustrophobia while the actors continue to open and close the shuttered doors and windows between waves of the bird attacks. The lighting is especially dramatic when leaking through the barricaded windows and the continuous sounds of the birds reminds the audience of the outside threat.”

CSC’s The Birds runs through November 8th. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cincyshakes.com.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

Children’s Theatre “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” Awarded 4 Star LCT Recommendation

CTCBeautyImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr., a children’s adaptation of the beloved Disney musical, with a 4 star recommendation.

Panelists called the production “Truly a feast for the eyes…encouraged to be watched by all children as well as by all adults. A magical experience.” The entire ensemble was praised for their performances: “Truly everyone was so in tune with the rest of the ensemble that it appeared to be a treat for the audience. No one was out of the scale or out of their range. Every step, every move, every turn were well calculated and well rehearsed.”

CTC’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  runs through August 25th. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.thechildrenstheatre.com.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

Falcon’s ‘Woman in Black’ recommended by LCT

FalconWomaninBlackPanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Falcon Theatre’s production of The Woman in Black a 4.5 (out of 5) star recommendation, calling it “master storytelling.”

One of the longest-running plays in London, this classic Victorian ghost story is set in a theater. The two actors, Matt Dentino and Jay Dallas Benson, both nominated by the LCT Panel, play multiple roles. “This is a spooky, layered, labyrinthine story,” one panelist said. “Benson and Dentino do a good job of telling the story while portraying multiple characters with different dialects.”

The LCT Panel also awarded nominations for lighting, sound, and for the direction by Ted Weil and Tracy M. Schoster.

“Technically, the show is spectacular,” a panelist said. “The direction, lights and sound are what bring this show to life.”

According to a panelist, “This show is perfectly timed for the season and one of the most entertaining productions this region has seen in some time.”

Falcon Theatre’s The Woman in Black runs Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.falcontheatre.net or 513-481-9042.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

ETC’s “An Iliad” Awarded 5 Star LCT Recommendation

Bruce Cromer in ETC's "An Iliad"

Bruce Cromer in ETC’s “An Iliad”

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Ensemble Theatre’s production of An Iliad  with a 5 star recommendation.

In An Iliad, the ancient thrilling tales of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience as we explore the psychology of passion and rage. Cincinnati actor Bruce Cromer embodies the Greek classic’s famous characters Achilles, Hector, Agammemnon—even the beautiful Helen of Troy–in a one man performance. This lean, muscular, tour-de-force performance conjures the fury of the gods as it delves deep into mankind’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos.

Panelists raved about the production: “Every element of it worked beautifully, from the versatile, ‘meta’ setting design, pacing, and, finally, Bruce Cromer’s riveting performance as the poet. I rarely find a production so flawless, but this one sweeps the audience away, emotionally and intellectually.” Bruce Cromer “is stellar; his mercurial shifts into different characters, from gods to heroes to warriors and their women, his wonderful physicality, the agility with which he owns and uses the stage is just mesmerizing…this may be the best performance by an actor that I’ve seen In Cincinnati.” Director Michael Haney “did an excellent job of keeping the story clear and highlighting the complexity of human nature from the Greeks to the 21st century.” Technical aspects of the show, including Brian C. Mehring’s set and lighting design, and Matt Callahan’s sound design, were also singled out, all “masterfully planned and executed”. Overall the panelists said the show was “not to be missed—whether you know The Iliad well or not at all.”

ETC’s An Iliad  runs through November 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ensemblecincinnati.org.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

CCM’s “Blood Brothers” Receives 4.5-Star LCT Rating

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the College Conservatory of Music’s production of Blood Brothers with a 4.5 Star Rating.

Blood Brothers is the haunting story of the Johnson twins, separated at birth and brought together by the power of friendship. A tale of superstition, class distinction and adolescent love loosely based on The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas, Blood Brothers was the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1983.

Panelists praised director Vince DeGeorge “for his tight direction and bare-bones concept – he showed that one needs not have a big set and scenery to put together a powerful production.” Steve Goers received strong kudos for his rearrangement of the score for voices: “the vocal ensemble provided the full harmonic textures of the score that Goers’ lone piano could not. His overture had the ensemble sing the string, brass and wind parts to create a very evocative opening.” The entire cast was commended: “a bonded ensemble that was used expressively and expertly…every performer was beautifully cast and resonated with me.” In particular, leads Thomas Knapp as Mickey, Karl Amundson as Eddie, and Hannah Kornfeld as Mrs. Johnstone were singled out for touching and believable performances. Overall panelists found Blood Brothers “an outstanding production of a weird and wonderful show…smashing!”

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.

CCM’s “Macbeth” Recognized by LCT

CCMMacbethImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized C.J. Mellides’ work on lighting design for the College Conservatory of Music Drama Department’s production of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Macbeth.

Panelists praised Mellides’ lighting design as “spectacular…Outlines of bodies, shadows that exploded into brilliant pools of light, and cracking good lightning (and more!) all combined to give the fragmented and piercing vision of a mind in decline.”

CCM’s Macbeth runs through October 5th. Tickets can be obtained at the UC Box office, http://CCM.uc.edu/boxoffice.html.

League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.

Playhouse’s Serves Up Delectable “Spaghetti” for LCT Recommendation

Anotineete LaVecchia

Antoinette LaVecchia in “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti”

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Playhouse in the Park’s production of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti a 4 star recommendation.

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is based on Giulia Melucci’s popular memoir of food and dating. For Giulia, a new date is the perfect opportunity to show off her Italian home cooking. While preparing a three-course dinner from scratch, she recounts stories of good food and bad boyfriends. Her superior tasting cuisine far surpasses her inferior taste in men in this mouth-watering new comedy.

Panelists enjoyed the show immensely: “This delectably hilarious one-woman show is as delicious as the traditional Italian meal being prepared on stage…. a great way to kick off the Shelterhouse Season.” They praised actress Antoinette LaVecchia’s fun and animated portrayal: “Her seamless performance appeared effortless as she wove together fast-paced dialogue, food preparation, and an engaging rapport with each of us in the audience for two hours. Once in her kitchen, none of us wanted to leave!” Director Rob Ruggiero was also singled out for his work, as well as set designer John Coyne for his creation of “a gourmet chef’s kitchen, complete with every tool and ingredient a cook needs. No detail was left unattended”.

Playhouse’s I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti runs through November 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincyplay.com.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

“Little Dog Laughed” at New Edgecliff Theatre Gets 4-Star Recommendation from LCT

NETLittleDogLCT panelists give a 4-star recommendation to “Little Dog Laughed” currently presented by New Edgecliff Theatre in Northside. Panelists describe this comedy as “a subtle look at the fear of expressing love with a fierce satire of skittishness about homosexuality. Under director Lindsey Augusta Mercer the fine cast makes potentially stereotypical characters credible.”

“This production deserves to be seen by very full houses!”  lauds an LCT panelist. Another panelist adds “A fine production of a fascinating, smart, hilarious, biting, and incisive script by Douglass Carter Beane.”

The show runs now through October 11 and is performed at The Hoffner Lodge, 4120 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223. For tickets call 1.888.428.7311 or go to newedgecliff.com.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to promote, nurture and celebrate Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.com.