2009 CEA: Theatre Awards Show August 30th

CityBeat has announced great news that on Sunday August 30th the 13th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards will be presented at a hip club, showcasing the best of Cincinnati Theatre. The CEAs are Cincinnati’s longest running theater awards program, using votes from the public and from established theater critics to determine winners in 20 different categories. Everyone had a great time last year at BELOW ZERO LOUNGE (1122 Walnut Street, Over-the-Rhine, www.BelowZeroLounge.com) and the 2009 event is back.

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Shining City

New Stage’s Shining City – Saturday night – 1 hour & 50 minutes, no intermission. Daunting for someone with the attention span of a gnat.

The show was written in segments of conversations between the primary actor and 1 other person that varied. I thought it was great. Not to give too much away, but it made me look in the corners of my house that night for possible intruders.

This is the last weekend to catch it. Get your tickets here.

Jerry Springer: The Opera

Jerry Springer: The Opera is not fit for polite company. Fortunately for us, New Stage Collective knows their audience. When Alan Patrick Kenny began dress rehearsals, I imagine they started something like this:

“Are we ready to go? Tap dancing Klansmen? Check. Guy in mullet? Check. Self-pitying God? Check. Bizarre and questionable wig sequence? Check. Alright, let’s get started!”

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Jerry Springer the Opera (not a review)

Jerry Springer the Opera was a little longer than expected. Not knowing why the protesters were protesting, I was curious.

After seeing it, I’m still not exactly sure why they were protesting, it could have been one of several things or maybe a combination.

The tap dancing KKK was my favorite part. Once I got over the “cleverness” of setting the word fuck to music I was ready to get into the story. The whole show was high-energy and fun. The cast was huge and kudos to New Stage for the sound management.

Bonus: New Stage has a bar downstairs, accessible during intermission.

Great American Trailer Park Musical – not a review

(This is not a review b/c I am not a critic.) I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to last night’s sold out performance of the Great American Trailer Park Musical.

The set & costumes were great. Over stimulating at times but in a good way. I swear, my aunt had an owl latch hook rug like the one in Jeanie & Norbert’s trailer.

It’s definitely a show I could see twice, which is probably why the extended run has sold out and there’s rumor of adding a second extended run.

The song lyrics are great, a near-constant string of 1-liners. Betty is my favorite character (played by Deb G. Girdler) When you see her in the song, Storm’s-A-Brewin’ you’ll know why.

Know 10th Anniversary Gala

Saturday night’s 10th Anniversary Gala was fun night out and a chance to meet some interesting people… Joyce Elkus is the Director of AFTA, a new non-profit organization that provides free/discounted tickets to active Military personnel and their immediate families. Michael Flor, the music director for Bare, was there along with my new best friends Mike & Linda Bowen.

Take Me Out – Hot Stove League

Reds Pitchers and Catchers don’t report until the 16th, but New Stage Collective’s team of actors got into the spirit of the winter leagues with a little practice:

A Highlight of the video is NSC Artistic Director Alan Patrick Kenny taking his turn in the batting cage.

Take Me Out runs:
February 14-16, 21-23, 28-29, March 1, & 6-8 @ 8pm
February 17, 24, March 2, & 9 @ 3pm
*SOLD OUT February 14, 16, 28