Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the College Conservatory of Music Drama Departmentâ€™s Speech and Debate with a 4.5 Star Rating.
Written by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Stephen Karam,Â Speech and DebateÂ feels ripped from todayâ€™s headlines. What begins as a story of on-line stalking quickly snowballs into a play that is part mystery, part coming-of-age story; a smart comedy and an insightful reflection of what it means to be young in America today.
Panelists called Speech and Debate â€œa wonderful productionâ€¦contemporary, real, and sometimes raw.â€ They were unanimous in praising Richard Hess’s direction: â€œtight and economical, allowing his actors to bond together in their awkwardness while slowly revealing their secrets.â€ The ensemble in the show â€œcouldnâ€™t be betterâ€¦they worked marvelously together as a seamless unitâ€. Panelists singled out actress Katie Langhamâ€™s performance as Diwata: â€œbrilliant, quick-delivery, comic in the truest senseâ€.
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.