The Ensemble Theatre’s “Mountaintop” Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating
LCT Ratingâ€¨Â â€¨Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatreâ€™s production of The Mountaintop, with a 4 star rating. The Mountaintop is an evocative imagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his encounter with a hotel maid on the eve of his assassination.
Panelists decribed The Mountaintop as â€œa mind-blowing evening of theaterâ€”incredible and imaginative.â€ Lynn Meyerâ€™s direction was commended: â€œOne of the best directing jobs I have seen from Lynn Myers, possibly ever. Her steady, fluid, unpretentious choicesâ€¦were dignified and perfectly understated.â€ Both actors in this two person play, Gavin Lawrence as Dr. King and Torie Wiggins as Camae were praised extensively: â€œThe chemistry between them is engaging from the beginning.â€ Lawrence was â€œconvincingâ€ and Wiggins showed â€œdepth and range.â€ Many of the production aspects of the play were also recognized. Set designer Brian C. Mehringâ€™s set depicting the Lorraine Motel was full of detail that â€œseemed to transport us back in timeâ€, and Mehringâ€™s lighting design, along with Matthew Tibbâ€™s sound design, â€œcollaborated to create a lightning/thunderstorm so realistic I jumped in my seat.â€
The Mountaintop continues through April 6th. 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.