Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s â€œOf Mice and Menâ€ Earns 4 Star LCT Rating
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s production of Of Mice and Men with a 4 Star Rating.
Panelists recommended Of Mice and Men, based on John Steinbeckâ€™s classic novel of enduring friendship amidst unendurable hardship, Â as â€œnear perfect – all the elements of acting, staging, set design and lighting design combined into a thoroughly compelling, emotionally draining (but satisfying) theater experienceâ€â€¦.â€poignant and accessibleâ€. Panelists singled out Drew Fracherâ€™s direction for particular praise, â€œbuilding up our understanding and affection for all these characters as well as the suspense and foreshadowing of the storyâ€¦with perfect pace and timing.â€ They also applauded Jim Hopkinâ€™s portrayal of Lenny: â€œThere was not a single misstep in Hopkins’ absolutely believable and sympathetic portrayal of the mentally disabled, physically strong Lenny. I never once doubted that I was experiencing the person, not an actor portraying a character.â€
Of Mice and Men continues through November 10th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincyshakes.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.