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Clifton Player’s “The Riverside” Earns LCT Recommendation

Clifton Riverside ImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Clifton Player’s production of The Riverside with a 4 star recommendation.

The Riverside is a new play by Kevin Crowley, that takes place in Cincinnati in 1989. That year was a seminal year: Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall and, in Cincinnati, icon Pete Rose was permanently banned from the game of baseball. As the denizens of the Riverside bar in Cincinnati closely follow the Rose saga, other big changes are afoot and decisions regarding the future of this family owned bar will irrevocably change the family and its patrons.

Panelists called The Riverside “a lively and ambitious new play…an exciting work, balancing a kind of magical realism, black comedy, and suspense in a historical era rich in ironic undercuttings of generational American ideals of family, sports, and localized notions of success.” The entire ensemble showed “deep engagement with the characters…they worked so well together and seemed entirely natural in their portrayals of the characters.” Buz Davis’s scenic design was praised, “The staging of the bar rose to the challenge inherent at Clifton’s Theater with beautiful creativity and an invitation to the audience members to feel a part of the play itself…the set decor seemed completely authentic to 1989.”

Clifton Player’s The Riverside runs through September 27th. Tickets can be purchased at http://cliftonplayers.WordPress.com/tickets.

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.

 

Covedale’s “Streetcar Named Desire” recognized by LCT

Covedale Streetcar ImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized scenic designer Brett Bowling for his work in Covedale Theatre’s production of the Tennessee Williams’ classic play,  A Streetcar Named Desire.

Panelists praised the set, saying “it was a beautiful design and helped the play come alive…it truly helped to transport the audience members from place to place. I really enjoyed the outside scenes behind the set scenes.”

A Streetcar Named Desire continues through October 5th. Tickets can be obtained online at www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.

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.

 

The Ensemble’s “Hands on a Hard Body” Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating

ETCHardbodyimagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) agree the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of “Hands on a Hard Body” is a 4.5 Star production.
The musical is the touching yet often comedic story of ten Texans, hoping to win a truck by being the last person to let it go.

One panelist notes “Rarely have I seen a cast so balanced. There is not a weak link. Everyone makes their characters believable human beings.” Another singles out “Charlie Clark’s Benny Perkins is terrifically aggravating.” Another panelists notes the show is “skillfully crafted and admirably directed by Lynn Myers.”

Tickets for “Hands on a Hard Body” are available at http://www.ensemblecincinnati.org/ or by calling 513-421-3555. The show runs through September 21. 

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.

 

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “The Great Gatsby” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

CSCGatsbyImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of The Great Gatsby, an adaptation of F. Scott with a 4 Star Rating.

The Great Gatsby is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of America in the twenties, exploring the notions of love, identity, morality and the corruption of the American Dream. Panelists praised the show: “All the actors in this show were fantastic. They really brought the story to life…The show is a crowd-pleaser and I would definitely recommend it.

The Great Gatsby continues through October 4th. Tickets can be purchased athttp://www.cincyshakes.com.
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.

 

 

 

Covedale’s “Will Rogers Follies” Recognized by LCT

covedalewillrogersimagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized lead actor Matt Dentino, choreographer Kate Glasheen, and costume designer Caren Young for their contributions to Covedale Theatre’s Will Rogers Follies.

The Will Rogers Follies is the Tony award winning musical that chronicles the life of Will Rogers, one of America’s most beloved humorists, entertainers, and pundits, who captivated the country with his common sense wisdom.

Panelists were enamored of Matt Dentino’s performance as Will Rogers: “Matt Dentino delivers as the homespun, nonchalant and witty title character…full of charm and talent…He made me believe he WAS Rogers.” Of Caren Young’s costume design, panelists wrote: “Lavish designs with thoughtful color coordination…This was supposed to be a Ziegfeld Follies, and the costumes for the 13-member chorus measured up. The variety was impressive.” Finally, Kate Glasheen’s choreography was highly praised: “fast-paced, complicated, and perfectly executed.”

Covedale’s Will Rogers Follies runs through August 31st. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.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.

Know Theatre’s “Harry and the Thief” Earns 3.5 Stars from LCT

harry and the thief“Harry and the Thief” playing now through August 30, 2014, at the Know Theatre has earned 3.5 stars from the League of Cincinnati Theatres. Panelists agreed that is “off-the-wall” and a “fun ride,” reminiscent of a Mel Brooks film.

One panelist expounds, “The movie-like feel of the film allows the actors to cross boundaries of the theatre and create a new world between theatre and film. With montage scenes, trailers and credits, it was fast-paced and entertaining for the full two hours.”

Jon Kovach had a standout performance as Overseer Jones. A panelist detailed,” While the character is ‘white trash’, sexist and racist, Kovach brings humanity to the character by fighting for the child he has created with slave girl Vivian (Sola Thompson). He also, without fail, kept the audience laughing through the whole show. The story of Overseer Jones is a difficult and silly role and Kovach shows both sides to this character that the whole audience can enjoy.”

A panelist explains the plot: “Jeremy (Rico Reid) has invented a time machine and sends Mimi (Torie Wiggins) back to Harriet Tubman times to deliver guns for a grand effort to free all the slaves. But neither plot nor history really matter for this show, that is a mash-up of satire, farce, caricature, and sketch comedy.”

Tickets for “Harry and the Thief” can be purchased at http://knowtheatre.com/tickets/ or by calling the Know Theatre at 513-300-KNOW(5669).

LCT Recommends Carnegie Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd” as a 4.5 Star Production

sweeney toddThe League of Cincinnati Theatres awards 4.5 Stars to “Sweeney Todd,” playing now through August 23 at The Carnegie Theatre in Covington.
 
“Vocal performances are top-notch” stated one panelist as he extolled the musical direction of Jamey Strawn.  Panelists also praised Justin Glaser as Sweeney (“outstanding, rich vocals”), Helen Raymond-Goers as Mrs. Lovett (“much needed comic relief and a stellar singing ability”), and Mathys Herbert as Tobias (“fully-embodied, vulnerable, and innocent”).
 
Another panelist states, “The Carnegie has hit it out of the ballpark again. This is a terrific rendition of a very dark, twisted and melodramatic show. The singing throughout is excellent, especially considering the difficulty of Sondheim’s score. Justin Glaser plays Sweeney with a demonic intensity focused on revenge. Helen Raymond-Goers portrays the manipulative Mrs. Lovett with saucy… The character of Tobias Ragg is pivotal in the show and Mathys Herbert transitions well from street con man to a realization of the horror of the baking room.”
 
Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” tells the tale of an English barber innocently sentenced to Australia for 15 years, so the unscrupulous Judge could usurp his beautiful wife and child. After 15 years the barber returns, seeking revenge and to be reunited with the wife and daughter.
 
Tickets to Sweeney Todd” can be purchased at The Carnegie website www.thecarnegie.com.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres awards 4.5 Stars to “Sweeney Todd,” playing now through August 23 at The Carnegie Theatre in Covington.
 
“Vocal performances are top-notch” stated one panelist as he extolled the musical direction of Jamey Strawn.  Panelists also praised Justin Glaser as Sweeney (“outstanding, rich vocals”), Helen Raymond-Goers as Mrs. Lovett (“much needed comic relief and a stellar singing ability”), and Mathys Herbert as Tobias (“fully-embodied, vulnerable, and innocent”).
 
Another panelist states, “The Carnegie has hit it out of the ballpark again. This is a terrific rendition of a very dark, twisted and melodramatic show. The singing throughout is excellent, especially considering the difficulty of Sondheim’s score. Justin Glaser plays Sweeney with a demonic intensity focused on revenge. Helen Raymond-Goers portrays the manipulative Mrs. Lovett with saucy… The character of Tobias Ragg is pivotal in the show and Mathys Herbert transitions well from street con man to a realization of the horror of the baking room.”
 
Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” tells the tale of an English barber innocently sentenced to Australia for 15 years, so the unscrupulous Judge could usurp his beautiful wife and child. After 15 years the barber returns, seeking revenge and to be reunited with the wife and daughter.
 
Tickets to Sweeney Todd” can be purchased at The Carnegie website www.thecarnegie.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.
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote 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.info.

LCT IS HAPPY TO CELEBRATE SEASON WINNERS

Winners of the LCT Awards were announced last night at the League of Cincinnati Theatre’s Awards Party.  The theme this year it was Extended Happy Hour, well received by the theatre makers, who enjoyed the focus on fellowship of this industry celebration.

 

There were a lot of things to be happy for, as theatre representatives and individuals were called to share throughout the night. Costume nominee Ronnie Chamberlain, new this year to Northern Kentucky University, shared how she and her husband chose Cincinnati as a theatre community—over Chicago and other cities—for its vibrant art scene, and as a place to raise a family and actually own a house.  That seemed to be a theme of the night, Cincinnati has a professional theatre and arts community that collaborates, supports and nurtures each other, whether it is in front of the audience, behind the scenes designing the costumes, or working in administration.

LCT is happy to have so many people in Cincinnati making a living doing what they love and are good at, and are making a difference to our community.

The following awards were announced:

Best Play, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Best Musical (Tie), Chicago, Carnegie Theatre; Les Miserables, CCM

Director of a Play,  KJ Sanchez, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Director of a Musical. Ed Cohen, Dee Ann Bryll, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre

Choreography (Tie), David Baum, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre;  Diane Lala/Patti James, Singin’ in the Rain, CCM

Fight Choreography (Tie), Drew Fracher, Henry IV, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; Melissa Bennett Murphy, Dracula, Covedale

Costume Design (Tie)Kathie Brookfield, Annie, Jr., Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati;  Dean Walz, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre

Lighting Design, Brian C. Mehring, The Mountaintop, Ensemble Theatre

Music Direction, Steve Goers, Les Miserables, CCM

Scenic Design, Mark Halpin, Singin’ in the Rain, CCM

Sound Design, Zach Williamson, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Special Contribution , Clint Allen, Projection Design, Fl,y, Playhouse in the Park

Special Contribution, Omar Edwards, Tap Improvographer, Fly,Playhouse in the Park

Special Contribution , Kelly Yurko, Prosthetic Design, The Whale, Clifton Players

Ensemble in a Play, Seven Spots on the Sun, Playhouse in the Park

Ensemble in a Musical, Les Miserables, CCM

Small Group Performance in a Play, Matt Dentino/David Bogenschutz  Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Falcon Theatre

Lead Actor in a Play (Tie)Daniel Britt, Light Sensitive, Mad Anthony; Brent Vimtrup, The Crucible, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Lead Actor in a Musical, Blain Krauss, Les Miserables, CCM

Lead Actress in a Play, Greta Wohlrabe, Venus in Fur, Playhouse in the Park

Lead Actress in a Musical, Leslie Goddard, Chicago, Carnegie Theatre

Outstanding Youth Performance, Allison Edwards, Annie, Jr., Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Featured Actor in a Play, Bob Allen, Bus Stop, New Edgecliff Theatre

Featured Actor in a Musical, Matthew Paul Hill, Les Miserables, CCM

Featured Actress in a Play  (Tie)Christine Dye, Bus Stop, New Edgecliff Theatre; Miranda McGee, Two Noble Kinsmen, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Featured Actress in a Musical,  Jenny Hickman, Carrie, CCM

Audience Service Award, John Simpson, Bartender, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Audience Favorite Play (Social Media Voting), The Crucible Cincinnati Shakespeare Company/Xavier University

Audience Favorite Musical (Social Media Voting), Bat Boy The Falcon