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Welcome to the 2013-2014 LCT Season

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“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”--Oscar Wilde

NKU’s “Spamalot” Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Northern Kentucky Unversity Theatre Department’s Spamalot, with a 4.5 star recommendation. Spamalot is the side-splitting musical version of the classic comedy movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

spamalotPanelist called Spamalot “an exuberant, rambunctious, outrageous show” full of “fun, irreverent, envelope-pushing silliness”. Director Ken Jones was praised for “keeping it fast-moving and faithful to the Monty Python spirit while putting an original spin on the material… keeping all of this reined in so as not to become chaotic, but rather hugely energetic, was not an easy task.” Jamie Strawn was commended for his strong musical direction, as was choreographer Roderick Justice for “top-notch” choreography that really “delivered”. Ronnie Chamberlain’s costume design was also recognized, “running the gamut from peasant clothes to knightly armor to wedding garb…they must have spent the costume budget for the next 2 years.” Panelists also appreciated Terry Powell’s “fun” lighting design, doing a great job “animating the spaces”.

The entire ensemble was applauded “for their enthusiastic acting and singing while embracing the zaniness of the show”; “the entire cast were having an great time performing and it rubbed off on the audience. Really, everyone in the cast had fabulous moments.” Hunter Henrickson was singled out for hilarious roles as “Not Dead Fred” and “Prince Herbert” as well as Bradley Gorren’s impressive portrayal of King Arthur’s assistant, Patsy.

Spamalot continues through April 27th. Tickets can be obtained online at www.theatre.NKU.edu.

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.

CCM’s “Living Dead in Denmark” Recognized by LCT

livingdead_5590Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized College Conservatory of Music Drama Department’s Living Dead in Denmark for its fight choreography and makeup, and for the work of lead actress Anna Stapleton.

In this hilarious spoof set five years after the tragic events that ended Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a resurrected Ophelia, Juliet and Lady MacBeth must save Denmark from an overwhelming zombie horde. Anna Stapleton, portraying “Lady M.”, was a panelist favorite, conjuring up “a bouncy sword wielding Zena, Princess Warrior in her shorty short leather skirt and her blunt blonde cut, festooned with at least 7 knives, a sword and a shield.”

Panelists praised Kelly Yurko for “outstanding” makeup, special effects and wigs, and K. Jenny Jones and Andrew Dylan for exemplary fight choreography including rapier and dagger work and plenty of zombie killing in a graphic superhero comic book style. Anna Stapleton, portraying “Lady M.”, was a panelist favorite, conjuring up “a bouncy sword wielding Zena, Warrior Princess in her shorty short leather skirt and her blunt blonde cut, festooned with at least 7 knives, a sword and a shield.”

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.

New Edgecliff’s “Other People’s Money” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Mike King, Mike Dennis, and Robert Allen / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

Mike King, Mike Dennis, and Robert Allen / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati New Edgecliff’s Other People’s Money with a 4 Star Rating.

In Other People’s Money, Wall Street takeover artist Lawrence Garfinkle’s computer is going tilt over the undervalued stock of New England Wire & Cable. If the stockholders back his take over, they will make a bundle but what will happen to the 1200 employees and the community when he liquidates the assets? This compelling drama explores whether corporate raiders are creatures from the Black Lagoon of capitalism or realists.

Panelists praised Other People’s Money as “one of the most uniformly finished and well thought out productions from NET in a long while.” “Although presented as a period piece (the play was written in 1989), the themes and subjects of Other People’s Money are just as relevant today as they were then.” Director Greg Procaccino was praised for “communicating his vision” and doing “a great job of staging this show and drawing out the strengths of this piece.” Also commended was lead actor Mike Dennis as Lawrence Garfinkle and Mike King as William Coles. “Mike Dennis was fantastic!” one panelist commented, “his delivery, faces, physicality and energy were on point!” Mike King was “fantastic” and his “energy helped carry the show.”

Other People’s Money continues through April 26th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.newedgecliff.com.

“Harvey” Actor at Carnegie Theatre Commended by LCT

carnegieharveyimageThe League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) recognizes the work of Nathan Neorr in “Harvey,” playing now through April 27 at The Carnegie Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY.

“Whenever Neorr was not on stage, I just wanted him to come back on,” stated on LCT panelist. Another noted “he did his job, though clearly inspired by his predecessor, Jimmy Stewart.” Finally, “he breathed life into the character, adding humanity to the crowd of archetypes.”

Panelists noted that “Harvey” is a “delightful and charming comedy/fantasy” which is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a well-liked, and inexhaustibly happy man from a respected family… and his best friend is an invisible man-sized rabbit named Harvey. Committing Elwood to a sanitarium, his social-climbing sister Veta is herself mistaken as loony while Elwood and Harvey gleefully carry out their bon vivant cocktail calendar with the hospital staff in hilarious pursuit.

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.

“Gypsy” Actresses at Covedale Commended by LCT

Sherry McCamley as Mama Rose in "Gypsy"

Sherry McCamley as Mama Rose in “Gypsy”

The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) recognizes the work of Brianna Barnes as Louise and Sherry McCamley as Mama Rose in the Covedale Theatre’s “Gypsy,” playing now through May 4.

One panelist noted “Brianna Barnes (Louise) captured my attention from the moment she entered the stage. She managed to give us a range of emotion carrying us through self-consciousness humbleness, rage, pity, sorrow, and love, played with truthfulness and energy.” Another noted “the highlight of this show was Brianna Barnes as Louise who was completely authentic and charismatic throughout this show, has great poise and vocal talent, and made a stunning transformation from Louise to Gypsy Rose that never seemed forced or faked. She is truly a star.” Barnes is a junior Musical Theatre major at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM).

The panelists commended local veteran actress Sherry McCamley. “I particularly liked that she made this iconic role a human being. I was rooting for her character the entire time and felt she earned her song in Rose’s Turn.” McCamley “plays the tour de force role with great commitment and some knockout vocals!” Finally, “Mama Rose is a star vehicle with one of the best female roles in Broadway musicals and Sherry McCamley is up to the task both as a brash actor and singer. The songs “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and the climax, “Rose’s Turn” are key to the show and Sherry delivered on both.”

Contact www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com for tickets to “Gypsy.”

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.

Falcon’s “The Story of My Life” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

FalconStoryofMyLifePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Falcon Theatre’s “Fourth Wall” production of The Story of My Life with a 4 Star Rating.

The Story of My Life is a moving musical that follows the friendship of Alvin and Thomas, two men from a small town. These lifelong friends are reunited after Alvin’s mysterious death. In the abstract world of his mind, Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns their lives have taken since meeting as children. The show was praised as  a“surprisingly touching and wonderful offering from the Falcon Theater.. a direct result of the strength of the two stars of the show [Zach Huffman and Brandon Fox] to create a world and make us believe in it.”

The Story of My Life continues through March 15th. Tickets can be purchased at www.falcontheater.net.

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.

CTC’s “Willy Wonka, Jr.” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

CTCWillyWonkaImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Roald’s Dahl’s timeless children’s story “Willy Wonka, Jr.” with a 4 Star Rating.

Panelists praised Willy Wonka, Jr. as “A fun and heart-warming afternoon…amazing that the story of Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket can still evoke childhood memories and make us yearn for all that is good and simple in the world.” Set designer, David O. Centers, and costume designer, Kathie Brookfield, were both praised for their work on the production: “set and costume designs were clever, imaginative, nicely-executed, and attention-grabbing.”

Willy Wonka, Jr. continues at the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati through April 12th. Tickets may obtained through their website, http://www.thechildrenstheatre.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.