Cincinnati Playhouse’s Double Indemnity Earns 7 LCT Nominations

PlayhouseIndemnityImagePanelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Double Indemnity with 7 LCT nominations as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production: Direction, Michael Evan Haney; Lead Actress, Gardner Reed; Featured Actor, Michael Sean McGuinness; Set Design, Paul Shortt; Lighting Design, James Sale; Sound Design, Matthew M. Nielson; and Stage Manager, Jenifer Morrow.

Sultry, sexy and spellbinding, Double Indemnity is a treacherous thriller of love and murder. A beguiling seductress and morally bankrupt insurance agent plot to kill the unsuspecting husband who stands in the way of their budding romance. But will they get away with their perfect crime? Double Indemnity is a scintillating new stage version of the novel that inspired one of the most popular noir films of all time.

Panelists praised Michael Evan Haney’s direction: “The scenes — all 29 of them! — moved seamlessly, building the eerie sensibility of this noir classic.” Lead actress Gardner Reed, as Phyllis Nirlinger, “created a haunting performance that immediately transported us to the glory days of the film noir genre”; Michael Sean McGuinness as Barton Keyes was “wonderful”, “fresh”, and “engaging”. Paul Shortt’s set and James Sale’s lighting “were perfectly designed to both enhance the fluidity between the scenes and build the ominous mood”; Matthew Nielson’s sound design, with original compositions, was “one of the most enticing elements of the production and created the most evocative atmosphere.” Stage manager Jenifer Morrow was praised for “the organization and fluidity of the numerous scene changes, all executed flawlessly”. Overall, many panelists reported: “The best production I’ve seen at Playhouse all year!”

Double Indemnity continues through May 18th. Tickets can be purchased at

LCT Award Winners will be announced at the annual LCT Awards Gala, to be held Monday, May 20th at the Know Theatre. Tickets may be obtained by calling the Know Theatre Box Office, 513-300-5669