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Playhouse’s “Fly” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Omar Edwards in "Fly"

Omar Edwards in “Fly”

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Fly with a 4 Star Rating.

According to the Playhouse, Fly is “the inspiring and powerful story of World War II’s famed Tuskegee Airmen, coming to life in this fast-paced and highly theatrical event. Fly inventively combines live action and video projections with an emotionally-charged tap dancer, who offers insight into the hopes, fears and triumphs faced by the airmen.”

Panelists said of Fly: “The opening night audience–which included members of the Tuskegee unit–was electrified by this moving, tight-knit ensemble performance about the Tuskegee airmen…I didn’t want the play to end…a very enjoyable night of theatre.” The entire ensemble was highly complimented: “i was totally enthralled by each and every character on the stage..The entire cast giving equally impressive performances.” Ricardo Khan (who is also a co-author) was specifically recognized for his direction: “Ensembles like this, no matter how talented each individual is, never occur without the sure guidance of a good director…Under [his] direction, the production soars.”

Omar Edwards, who performed as the tap “improvographer” and griot (storyteller), was unanimously praised by the panelists for his unique contribution: “He danced, narrated, and pantomimed the piece and creatively captured the unspoken emotions of the characters, weaving the scenes together that made the show’s pace seem almost timeless.” The screen projections designed by Clint Allen were also highly commended: “The projections of the sky made me feel like I was right there with them and helped me to be even more engaged.” Finally, they recognized Beowulf Borrit for his set design, which “conveyed the emotional intensity of these moments.”

Fly continues through October 5th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincyplay.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.