ETCâ€™s â€œAn Iliadâ€ Awarded 5 Star LCT Recommendation
Posted On October 20, 2014
Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have awarded Ensemble Theatreâ€™s production of An IliadÂ with a 5 star recommendation.
In An Iliad, the ancient thrilling tales of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience as we explore the psychology of passion and rage. Cincinnati actor Bruce Cromer embodies the Greek classic’s famous characters Achilles, Hector, Agammemnonâ€”even the beautiful Helen of Troy–in a one man performance. This lean, muscular, tour-de-force performance conjures the fury of the gods as it delves deep into mankindâ€™s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos.
Panelists raved about the production: â€œEvery element of it worked beautifully, from the versatile, â€˜metaâ€™ setting design, pacing, and, finally, Bruce Cromer’s riveting performance as the poet. I rarely find a production so flawless, but this one sweeps the audience away, emotionally and intellectually.â€ Bruce Cromer â€œis stellar; his mercurial shifts into different characters, from gods to heroes to warriors and their women, his wonderful physicality, the agility with which he owns and uses the stage is just mesmerizingâ€¦this may be the best performance by an actor that I’ve seen In Cincinnati.â€ Director Michael Haney â€œdid an excellent job of keeping the story clear and highlighting the complexity of human nature from the Greeks to the 21st century.â€ Technical aspects of the show, including Brian C. Mehringâ€™s set and lighting design, and Matt Callahanâ€™s sound design, were also singled out, all â€œmasterfully planned and executedâ€. Overall the panelists said the show was â€œnot to be missedâ€”whether you know The Iliad well or not at all.â€
ETCâ€™s An Iliad Â runs through November 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ensemblecincinnati.org.
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.