ETC’s “Other Desert Cities” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating
Posted On September 10, 2013
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatreâ€™s production of Other Desert Cities with a 4 Star Rating.
In Other Desert Cities, a family is thrown into turmoil when a once-promising novelist returns home to Palm Springs to visit her parents, and she reveals the imminent publication of her juicy tell-all memoirâ€”a book that focuses on the politically explosive and tragic death of her antiwar-activist brother.
Panelists described the Other Desert Cities as â€œa well crafted production of an engaging playâ€¦thought producing and discussion-producing, with an unexpected twistâ€. Actress Amy Warner, as Polly Wyeth, was singled out as having â€œsuch class, such style, and such unbelievably controlled tension as the socialite motherâ€¦She was recognizable from the second she stepped on stage, and her character never faltered.â€ Dale Hodges was also praised for her portrayal of Silda Gruaman: â€œOutright hilariousâ€¦her physicality alone was remarkableâ€¦she added humor and truth to every line she delivered.â€ Finally, Brian C. Mehring was commended for his â€œbeautiful, exact, and controlledâ€ set design: â€œThe set was stunning: the scale was impressive and the dressing pitch-perfect.â€
Other Desert Cities continues through September 22nd. 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.