The Ensemble Theatreâ€™s â€œTribesâ€ Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating
Posted On February 2, 2014
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatreâ€™s production of Tribes with a 4.5 Star Rating.
Tribes centers around Billy, the deaf son of a fiercely outspoken family obsessed with self-expression. He has adapted brilliantly to his familyâ€™s unconventional ways, but theyâ€™ve never bothered to return the favor. However, when he finds a new family in the deaf community, tensions reach an all-time high in this touching play about membership in your tribe.
Panelists described Tribes as â€œan important playâ€¦another coup for the Ensemble theatre and I am sure people will flock to this excellent production.â€ Actors Dale Dymkoski, as Billy, and Kelly Mengelkoch, as Sylvia were praised in their leading roles: â€œThey were able to convey such emotion with few or no words and I was just mesmerized in their comfort levelâ€¦ Mengelkoch is an actress at the top of her game, giving a wonderfully nuanced and delicate performance.â€ Panelists were impressed with Michael Evan Haneyâ€™s direction: â€œGreat ensembles are not created by accident. No matter how talented the individual actors may be, it takes a skilled director to blend and mold an ensemble of this caliber. Michael Evan Haney once again proves that he is one of the best directors in Cincinnati.â€
Panelists also singled out Brian Mehring for his scenic design and Fitz Patton for sound design. â€œBrian Mehring’s set and lighting turned a normal house into something spectacularâ€¦ meticulous to detail and creative.â€ â€œThe sound design was intriguing, especially in conveying the silence that Billy hears, or the buzzing of his hearing aidsâ€¦.exceptional, real and believable.â€
Tribes continues through February 16th. 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.