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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Of Mice and Men” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Jim Hopkins and Jeremy Dubin in "Of Mice and Men"

Jim Hopkins and Jeremy Dubin in “Of Mice and Men”

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Of Mice and Men with a 4 Star Rating.

Panelists recommended Of Mice and Men, based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel of enduring friendship amidst unendurable hardship,  as “near perfect – all the elements of acting, staging, set design and lighting design combined into a thoroughly compelling, emotionally draining (but satisfying) theater experience”….”poignant and accessible”. Panelists singled out Drew Fracher’s direction for particular praise, “building up our understanding and affection for all these characters as well as the suspense and foreshadowing of the story…with perfect pace and timing.” They also applauded Jim Hopkin’s portrayal of Lenny: “There was not a single misstep in Hopkins’ absolutely believable and sympathetic portrayal of the mentally disabled, physically strong Lenny. I never once doubted that I was experiencing the person, not an actor portraying a character.”

Of Mice and Men continues through November 10th. Tickets can be purchased at http://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.