Monday Matinee 12.16.13

One of the puppets in “Striking 12”

We’re 10 days away from Christmas and my how this season has flown by!  Last week I had the pleasure of seeing four shows – and they couldn’t have all been more different!

Wednesday I saw “A Klingon Christmas Carol;” I don’t know that I’ll see anything as unique as that for awhile.  It’s still running through 12/22.  If you like Star Trek, unusual theatrical productions, or someone in the cast you might wanna catch it while you can.  Thursday, I saw Mad Anthony’s production of “Nuncrackers.”  It closed yesterday but up next for this interesting theatre group in Hamilton is the baseball comedy “Rounding 3rd” in March.  The last play they did (“Light Sensitive”) was one of my favorite shows of 2013.  Friday I saw “Striking 12” at the Falcon Theatre.  It also closed yesterday but if you missed it, don’t worry because its my understanding that they plan to produce it again next year.  It was not at all what I had expected and I am in love with the music now that I’ve seen it.

Billy Chace and Sara Clark
Billy Chace and Sara Clark

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting front row for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!).”  I love this show.  In fact, I am making it your homework to get a ticket to this one.  The comedic talents of Billy Chace, Justin McCombs, Miranda McGee, and Sara Clark are not to be missed.  Tickets are available but some shows have sold out so DO NOT WAIT ANY LONGER.  Go here to buy yours today.  Tweet me at @sappycritic when you’ve got your ticket.  Seriously.  Even if you’ve seen it before, the updated pop-culture references are worth the price of admission.  GO SEE IT.

As always, for the most comprehensive listing of theatre in Cincinnati and nearby, Rob Bucher’s “Behind the Curtain Cincy” is THE destination.  Here’s a listing what else is playing this week (thanks to Rob’s tireless efforts.)

We’re nearing the end of the year and with that comes the end of the first half of the theatre season this year. Next week, I’ll look back at some of the great shows I had the privilege of seeing in 2013.  Then, in two weeks I’ll preview some of what I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2014. But first, I plan to catch New Edgecliff’s “12 Dates of Christmas” this week.  It runs through Saturday; tickets are available here.

Also, CCM’s Moveable Feast tickets went on sale this week.  I am a huge fan of CCM and understand that this year’s event is not-to-be-missed.  This event will sellout so you should order your ticket immediately.

How are you going to support the local theatre community this week?

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