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LCT: “Plaid Tidings” is a 4-Star Show

CovedalePlaidTidingsImageThe League of Cincinnati Theatre (LCT) announces the Covedale Theatre’s Plaid Tidings” is a 4-Star Show. Special recognition goes to Steve Goers for Musical Direction and Direction of a Musical, as well as the whole ensemble.

After an unfortunate accident, a singing group returns to earth. Their angelic mission: bring a little heavenly ‘harmony’ to an apathetic world at Christmas. The cast includes Tyler Huckstep (Jinx), Charlie Meredith (Sparky), John Battagliese (Francis), and Thomas Knapp (Smudge), all juniors and seniors at CCM.

A panelist notes that “from the very beginning, the quartet engaged the audience and maintained this rapport and participation throughout the show.” Another states “it was the beautiful harmony and comic timing that really stands out.” A final panelist encourages the audience with “Plaid Tidings is a Christmas revue like the old time TV shows and one you’ll remember for seasons to come…and you don’t need to have a cardigan sweater to enjoy the fun!”

Contact www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com for tickets to “Plaid Tidings.”

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.

The Ensemble Theatre’s “Sleeping Beauty” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

ETCBeautyImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty, ETC’s contemporary musical twist on a beloved fairy tale, with a 4 Star Rating.

Panelists described Sleeping Beauty as “a lively, whimsical, energetic show with a lot of humor which can be appreciated by both children and adults…Ensemble’s musicals are a holiday tradition”. They praised the entire cast and director D. Lynn Meyers for “maintaining sanity throughout the chaos”> They also singled out Reba Senske’s “flamboyant” costumes which “brought the magic straight off of the pages of a fairy tale book.”

Sleeping Beauty continues through January 4th. 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.

Know Theatre’s “Bureau of Missing Persons” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Know Theatre’s Bureau of Missing Persons with a 4 Star rating.

In The Bureau of Missing Persons, a blue scarf.
a piece of chalk. and a pocketful of leaves are clues that lead Angela on a quest from her New York apartment to a cave in Moscow in search of someone missing. Inspired by the magical realism of Jorge Luis Borges, Bureau of Missing Persons explores what it takes to come back to life when you’ve been smothered by grief.

Panelists found the play “an unusual, fanciful story…captivating and filled with charm, quirks and surprises…a must-see production.”

Bureau of Missing Persons continues December 20th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.knowtheatre.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.

NKU’s “Failure: A Love Story” Earns 4-stars from LCT

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) announce that “Failure: A Love Story” has earned 4-Stars and recognize the director, Corrie Danieley.   Produced by Northern Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance, panelists state it is “Hands down one of the best main stage shows I have ever seen at NKU. It has everything.”  Another added “an enchanting, energetic, somewhat whimsical story.”

“Themes of death/ love/ passage of time are all universal truths and presented with sincerity for the form and style that Danieley created so beautifully, ” states another panelist.

Set in 1928 and written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins, “Failure: A Love Story” is a magical, musical fable that traces the triumphs and defeats of the Fail sisters’ lives, lived out in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River that was the family home and clock shop.

“Failure: A Love Story” continues through December 7.  Tickets can be purchased at http://artscience.NKU.edu/departments/theatre/season/mainstage2.html

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

“Comedy of Errors” Earns 4 Stars from LCT

CSCComedyofErrorsImageThe League of Cincinnati Theatres announces Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” is a 4-Star show. “Cincinnati Shakespeare has mounted another fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining production of a classic Shakespearean comedy. The carnival concept worked perfectly, and the sight gags were hilarious” states one panelist.

Billed as one of Shakespeare’s silliest and earliest comedies, it features not just one but two sets of twins and all the hijinks that follow due to the mistaken identities. Jeremy Dubin and Paul Riopelle delight as “the Dromios” with “their fantastic comedic timing and facial expressions.”

“Comedy of Errors” runs through December 12 and tickets can be purchased at www.cincyshakes.com.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

Miami’s “Communicating Doors” Recognized by LCT

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Gion DeFrancesco for his scenic design in Miami University’s production of Communicating Doors.

Set in a London hotel, this comic, murder-suspense thriller turns the world upside down as the doors between adjoining hotel rooms sends the actors back and forth in time in an attempt to rewrite their history. Panelists praised DeFrancesco’s “striking and realistic” set design as “a visual treat”.

Miami’s Communicating Doors runs through November 23rd. Tickets can be purchased at http://blogs.miamioh.edu/home/box-office/.

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

Untethered’s “All New People” Awarded 4 Star LCT Recommendation

UntetheredAllNewPeopleImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Untethered Theatre’s production of All New People a 4 star recommendation.

In All New People, by Zach Braff, Charlie’s birthday first goes wrong when Emma stumbles in, disrupting his suicide attempt. Taking this as divine intervention, Emma demands that she, Myron – a firefighter with some interesting extra-curriculars – and the bubbly Kim throw Charlie a party to convince him to keep living. Throughout the course of the night, aided by flashbacks, the group learns that everyone is running from something, but in the end, life is what you make it.

Panelists called All New People “humorous, highly paced and intriguing…funny and bittersweet”. They praised director Jared Doren: “he has the actors prepared and in synch…he gave them plenty of opportunies to stretch.” The entire ensemble was applauded for the “depth and believability” of their performances.

Untethered’s All New People runs through November 30th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.untetheredtheater.com/

Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT party in the summer.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

CCM’s “Speech and Debate” Earns 4.5 Star LCT Rating

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the College Conservatory of Music Drama Department’s Speech and Debate with a 4.5 Star Rating.

Written by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Stephen Karam, Speech and Debate feels ripped from today’s headlines. What begins as a story of on-line stalking quickly snowballs into a play that is part mystery, part coming-of-age story; a smart comedy and an insightful reflection of what it means to be young in America today.

Panelists called Speech and Debate “a wonderful production…contemporary, real, and sometimes raw.” They were unanimous in praising Richard Hess’s direction: “tight and economical, allowing his actors to bond together in their awkwardness while slowly revealing their secrets.” The ensemble in the show “couldn’t be better…they worked marvelously together as a seamless unit”. Panelists singled out actress Katie Langham’s performance as Diwata: “brilliant, quick-delivery, comic in the truest sense”.

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.