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The Ensemble Theatre’s “Mountaintop” Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating

THE MOUNTAINTOP starring Gavin Lawrence and Torie Wiggins / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

THE MOUNTAINTOP starring Gavin Lawrence and Torie Wiggins / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

LCT Rating
 
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Mountaintop, with a 4 star rating. The Mountaintop is an evocative imagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his encounter with a hotel maid on the eve of his assassination.

Panelists decribed The Mountaintop as “a mind-blowing evening of theater—incredible and imaginative.” Lynn Meyer’s direction was commended: “One of the best directing jobs I have seen from Lynn Myers, possibly ever. Her steady, fluid, unpretentious choices…were dignified and perfectly understated.” Both actors in this two person play, Gavin Lawrence as Dr. King and Torie Wiggins as Camae were praised extensively: “The chemistry between them is engaging from the beginning.” Lawrence was “convincing” and Wiggins showed “depth and range.” Many of the production aspects of the play were also recognized. Set designer Brian C. Mehring’s set depicting the Lorraine Motel was full of detail that “seemed to transport us back in time”, and Mehring’s lighting design, along with Matthew Tibb’s sound design, “collaborated to create a lightning/thunderstorm so realistic I jumped in my seat.”

The Mountaintop continues through April 6th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
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.