Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Playhouse in the Parkâ€™s Fly with a 4 Star Rating.
According to the Playhouse, Fly is â€œthe inspiring and powerful story of World War IIâ€™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.â€
Panelists said of Fly: â€œThe opening night audience–which included members of the Tuskegee unit–was electrified by this moving, tight-knit ensemble performance about the Tuskegee airmenâ€¦I didnâ€™t want the play to endâ€¦a very enjoyable night of theatre.â€ The entire ensemble was highly complimented: â€œi was totally enthralled by each and every character on the stage..The entire cast giving equally impressive performances.â€ Ricardo Khan (who is also a co-author) was specifically recognized for his direction: â€œEnsembles like this, no matter how talented each individual is, never occur without the sure guidance of a good directorâ€¦Under [his] direction, the production soars.â€
Omar Edwards, who performed as the tap â€œimprovographerâ€ and griot (storyteller), was unanimously praised by the panelists for his unique contribution: â€œHe danced, narrated, and pantomimed the piece and creatively captured the unspoken emotions of the characters, weaving the scenes together that made the showâ€™s pace seem almost timeless.â€ The screen projections designed by Clint Allen were also highly commended: â€œThe projections of the sky made me feel like I was right there with them and helped me to be even more engaged.â€ Finally, they recognized Beowulf Borrit for his set design, which â€œconveyed the emotional intensity of these moments.â€
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.