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Vanessa Severo (left) plays Frida Kahlo in the Playhouse produced by the park Frida…Self-portraitwhile Andrew May plays Hercule Poirot in the Playhouse production Murder on the Orient Express.

The arrival of September marks the start of the Cincinnati theater season, as local companies prepare to release productions for 2022-23. These lineups guarantee everything from plays and comedies to world premieres adaptations of Broadway musicals and 1960s horror films. As construction continues on the new main stage facility at Eden Park, the theater in the park is finding new ways and places to produce its programming. Community theater groups and universities in Cincinnati are putting out classics worth revisiting.

After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, limited capacity, and possibly too much streaming, it’s time for live theaters again — and there are plenty of options.

NOTE: Check with each theater for the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

know theater
Know Theatre’s 25th season is themed around “our responsibility to each other,” with productions centered on “what it means to be alive, how our lives are intertwined, and the risks of truly living,” according to the theater.it started early Sunrise meeting (until August 28), a biting comedy about healers, drugs, and witchcraft. The theater soon ushered in another show, this is not a trip this is a trip (September 23-October 9), a cross-country road trip tale of black female friendship.know to use it to end its fall lizard boy (November 18 to December
11), an indie rock musical that bills itself as a “comic-inspired queer fable,” about a scaly young man in search of love. Know Theater.com.

Broadway in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Falls Broadway Has a Four-Week Blockbuster at Aronoff Arts Center: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Award-Winning Blockbuster Hamilton (September 6th to October 2nd) Tour. Later this fall, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Oct. 25-Nov. 6) A comeback erupts at Aronoff, about a powerhouse performer breaking barriers and overcoming adversity on his way to becoming a rock queen. cincinnati.broadway.com.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company staged a classic tragedy, King Lear (September 9-October 1), using concepts inspired by the HBO series succession About a family torn apart by ambition and intrigue.You might catch one last free Shakespeare show in the park before it opens Twelfth Night, including one at Eden Park on August 30.For a very different tragedy, check out this theater’s world premiere the living dead (October 14-29) Just in time for Halloween, Cincinnati playwright Isaiah Reeves adapts the classic 1968 horror film. This is the company’s first commission in a burgeoning new productions project developing shows that are fully produced on its main stage.After that, here’s another Louisa May Alcott classic little woman (November 11, December 3), adapted by Kate Hamill.A prolific playwright pride and Prejudice Recently produced by Classic Stage Company. cincyshakes.com.

Cincinnati Ensemble Theater
The Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati has only one production this fall—a significant and powerful play that fits well with Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers’ focus on productions that grapple with contemporary social issues. Lynn Nottage 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner sweat (September 17-October 9) Takes viewers to the Forgotten Heart of America, a neighborhood bar where old friends gather to share the challenges of a recession. Many worked at the same factories for decades, but now layoffs pit them against each other, with a divisive, complex overlay of race and class. Nottage conducted extensive research with people in Reading, Pennsylvania, to deepen her understanding of the impact of the recession.She is a MacArthur “genius” funder, and sweat Demonstrated her ability to blend empathy, humor and suspense. ensemblecincinnati.org.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Three off-site performances at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the park took place outside Eden Park, and the theater completed construction on its new main stage, expected to open in March.First will be the classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express (September 25-October 23) at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center. Agatha Christie’s master detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find the killer from a fascinating group of passengers on a luxury train trapped in a snowdrift. Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of this ingenious Golden Age detective tale comes to life on stage. The Playhouse’s next production, a female performance, Frida…Self-portrait (October 15-November 6) at Carnegie, Covington. This is a personal work about the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, told with astonishing creativity by writer and performer Vanessa Severo.The third “Downhill” theatre production will be lion (November 12-December 4) on the stage of the Warsaw Federal Ramp Theatre in Price Hill. In it, a singer-songwriter tells his family story with emotional monologues and original songs. It’s about the redemptive power of music, coming straight from the London stage to here in Cincinnati for an exclusive engagement. cincyplay.com.

Cincinnati Landmark Production
The Warsaw Commonwealth Ramp Theatre, operated by Landmark Productions in Cincinnati, is currently performing Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic Golden Age musical carousel (until September 11). At another CLP venue, the Coughdale Center for the Performing Arts, two performances are underway. My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra (September 15-October 9) Features 55 songs from the Great American Songbook. Next comes the feel-good musical comedy, sister act (Oct. 20-Nov. 13) Based on the 1992 hit film about a group of energetic nuns who hide a casual singer who needs witness protection. cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

University of Cincinnati
Colleges in Cincinnati often present classic shows that are worth watching or rewatching.For example, Xavier University has three works: David Lindsay-Abaire’s rabbit hole (September 16-18), about the breakdown of a marriage following a tragic accident; shit (14-22 October), a very entertaining musical about Shakespeare and some 16th-century shenanigans; and Thornton Wilder’s 1938 classic, our city (November 18-20). xavier.edu.In Highland Heights, Northern Kentucky University’s theater program will stage an intimate musical Purple (September 23-October 2) About a disfigured girl seeking healing and beauty.will be presented later Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Oct. 27-Nov. 6) Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story, the series follows a respected scientist as he explores his darker alter ego. nku.edu. On September 23 at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music School of Music, this season features work by CCM alumnus and renowned Broadway musical composer Stephen Flaherty. Other works on the UC/CCM stage include an adaptation of Aristophanes Lepidoptera and Euripides trojan women (September 29-October 2); captivating musical she loves me (October 6-9); Shakespeare-inspired musical comedy shit (20-30 October); and August Strindberg’s unusual play about whether life is worth living, dream play (November 3-6). ccm.uc.edu.

community theatre
Community theaters also offer tried-and-true performances. Check out Stephen Schwartz’s melodic fairytale Pippin, produced by The Footlighters in Newport (22 September to 9 October). footlighters.org. Or try a demonstration of Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (November 4-12) at the Cincinnati Music Theatre at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center. Set in 1930s New York City, it follows two Ohio sisters and their adventures. cincinnatimusictheatre.org.


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