Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnatiâ€™s Mrs. Mannerly with an LCT nomination for lead actor (Raymond McAnnally) as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.
This irreverent, yet poignant comedy is inspired by the hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, wherein playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Set in 1967, Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has ever achieved a perfect score. But, when he discovers her secret past, Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first to achieve this feat.
Raymond McAnnallyâ€™s performance, as Jeffrey as well as multiple other characters, was described by the panellists as â€œexceptionalâ€¦his attention to physical detail, the way he delineated the various characters and voices he portrayed, his ease and command of each moment, and his obvious affection for the character was a joy to behold.â€
Panelists praised the production as â€œa charming play that was laugh-out-loud funny from start to finishâ€ and â€œone of the most delightful shows I have seen at ETCâ€.
Mrs. Mannerly continues through October 28th. Tickets can be purchased at www.ensemblecincinnati.org.