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Theater Quote of the Month

“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

“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.

Know Theatre’s “Twentieth Century Way” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Jens Rasmussen and Michael McKeogh in "The Twentieth Century Way"

Jens Rasmussen and Michael McKeogh in “The Twentieth Century Way”

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Know Theatres The Twentieth Century Way with a 4 Star rating.

Long Beach, California ,1914. A scourge of homosexuality plagues the city.The Long Beach Police hire two actors to entrap gay men in the crime of “social vagrancy.” In an empty theatre, two actors meet while awaiting an audition. As tension between them mounts, they find themselves playing the story of a near forgotten piece of American history — a story from a time when people were prosecuted for daring to be themselves. But the truth of who these actors really are is slowly exposed as the story unzips.

Panelists called the play “a gem of a production” with a “fascinating, multilayered” script: “The Know Theater has another hit with The Twentieth Century Way.” Director Kimberly Fait Hickman was praised for “her fast-paced direction, for the balance between pathos and humor, and for making sure that the playwright’s thought-provoking points were emphasized.” Both lead actors in this two person play, Michael McKeough and Jens Rasmussen, were also commended: “A dazzling display of acting for both…McKeogh’s performance was clever, energetic, and at times created a level of empathy I haven’t felt in years at the theatre.”

The Twentieth Century Way continues through May 3rd. 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.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Henry IV” Earns 4 Star LCT Rating

Matthew Johnson and Justin McCombs in "Henry IV"

Matthew Johnson and Justin McCombs in “Henry IV”

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of the Henry IV, Parts I and II with a 4 Star Rating.

Henry IV is Shakespeare’s classic history that mixes rebellion and treachery with the humorous coming of age of Prince Hal and his companion Falstaff. Panelists praised the production as “exuberant and boisterous…a really great ride!” “CSC drums up big attention with the play… I would highly recommend this production, especially for anyone who previously thought the History Plays were boring!” Brian Isaac Phillips was applauded for “flawless” direction, “maintaining order during the swiftly moving sequences.” Andrew Hungerford’s lighting was noteworthy,  “heightening the drama and the mood scene by scene and keeping the audience focused and entranced”.  Drew Fracher was also recognized for his effective fight choreography.

Panelists were impressed by the entire ensemble, who “sing and cavort and run the aisles and play with good energy and focus…I felt riveted.” Standouts included Matthew Lewis Johnson’s Falstaff and Justin McComb’s Prince Hal.  “Their affection and sense of mischief was wonderful. McComb captured a Prince untethered, in the last throes of ribald chicanery…Johnson as Falstaff was delightful and fully flirtatious – waxing wordily as he justifies his lies and cowardice.”

Henry IV continues through April 91th. 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.

Playhouse’s “A Delicate Ship” Recognized by LCT

PlayhouseDelicateShipPanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the three actor ensemble of Playhouse’ in the Park’s A Delicate Ship, for their performances.

In A Delicate Ship, a haunting love triangle triggers an unexpected chain of events in this poetic world premiere play by playwright Anna Ziegler. In the early stages of a new relationship, Sarah and Sam are lovers happily discovering each other. Sarah and Nate know everything about each other, best of friends since childhood and maybe something more. But when Nate shows up unannounced on Sarah’s doorstep, she’s left questioning what and who she wants in this humorous and heartbreaking look at love, memory and the decisions that alter the course of our lives.

Panelists praised the ensemble performance of all three actors, Janie Brookshire, Ben Diskant, and Karl Miller as “sharp and connected…wonderfully acted.”

A Delicate Ship continues through April 20th. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.cincyplay.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.