Media Maven: Cincinnati’s Theater Scene

Media Maven: Cincinnati’s Theater Scene

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Hello Cincy Chic readers! In lieu of a movie review this week, I would like to suggest that readers take advantage of live theater here in Cincinnati.

Often times, those very movie stars you enjoy seeing on the big screen began their careers and continue to cultivate their craft by participating in live theater.

We here in Cincinnati, are fortunate to have a plethora of venues available and a variety of themes, stages and talent that are unsurpassed!

To begin, we have the nationally acclaimed Fifth Third Bank Broadway Across America series bringing us “Wicked,” “Annie” and “My Fair Lady” to name just a few. These productions are held at the Aronoff Center downtown on Walnut. For ticket information: visit

For those with an adventurous taste in theater you may want to check out New Stage Collective’s “Songs from an Unmade Bed,” which is detailed on the NSC’s Web site: “In February 2007, NSC collaborated with the Know Theatre to present the regional premiere of a genre-defying evening of theatre that is part one-man play and part chamber music concert but all about the pajamas. “Songs from an Unmade Bed” features NSC Producing Artistic Director Alan Patrick Kenny at the piano and singing 18 songs exploring the ruminations of a gay man living in New York City, looking for lust, love and loneliness and rarely finding the right one at the right time.” Catch the show on Sept. 14 through 22 on North Main Street. Call (513) 621-3700 for more details.

Other renowned venues that are reliable sources of distinguished theatre are: the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, currently featuring “Romeo and Juliet, the Playhouse in the Park featuring “Dracula,” and the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati showing “Rabbit Hole.”

There are other live performances all around Greater Cincinnati. This column does not even begin to cover the many performing arts centers that exist locally. Yet, if you would like further detailed information check out or

Entertainment, expression, creativity and a healthy respect for the arts are ours for the taking! Check out local, first rate offerings from Know Theatre, New Edgecliff, Falcon Theatre, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, UC’s College Conservatory of Music, The Mariemont Players and Northern Kentucky University. Also be on the lookout for tickets and information concerning the annual Christmas show presented by Showboat Majestic known as “Frosbite Follies.”

And now the best piece of information for those discerning, discriminating and ever adventurous Cincy Chic readers: If you never have tried live theater or perhaps you always go to the same venue; you can now try a free performance at one of seven theatres offering free pairs of tickets in October.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres is participating in a national theater development program designed to attract new audiences. On Oct. 18, seven area theatres will be offering free performances with tickets. You can reserve one set of tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at On Sept. 10, a complete listing of shows will be available at the site.

Treat yourself to live theater. It is an exhilarating experience you won’t want to miss.