World Premiere of “Safe House” at Playhouse in the Park

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I attended the opening night of the World Premiere of the play “Safe House” at Playhouse in the Park.

 

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I was interested in this play because of its roots to the area.

 

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Safe House, Keith Josef Adkins’ moving and surprising drama exploring a little-known chapter in our region’s history, is the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 71st world premiere production. Adkins is a Cincinnati native who grew up in Woodlawn and attended both Princeton High School and Wright State University. Inspired by his Kentucky ancestors, free people of color, Safe House is set in Northern Kentucky in 1843 — nearly two decades before the start of the Civil War. It’s not a story about slavery, but rather an exploration of the fascinating journey of a free family of color and the searing tensions that arise when two brothers have conflicting dreams about securing their futures.

 

The storyline of a family who was free, and the tension of the cast as they tried to navigate relationships, was really interesting to watch unfold.

 

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The story built slowly in the first half and the 2nd half left you fully engrossed because of what transpired.

 

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I don’t want to give away any key parts to the plot but I thought the play was very thought provoking.

 

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After the play, my friend and I attended the cast party at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

 

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It was such a reminder of how far we have come and how much work there remains to be done.

 

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Safe House runs through November 15th

For tickets, call 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com.

 

Advisory: Safe House is appropriate for adults and older teenage audiences. There are references to the evils of slavery, mild adult language and other mature content.

 

* All photo credit goes to Sandy Underwood

 

 

 

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

“The Sound of Music” at The Carnegie

Are you a Sound of Music fan?

The Sound of Music was one of my favorite musicals as a child and it still holds a special place in my heart today. I still know all of the songs and might be known to sing them off key from time to time.

 

Nestled in the majestic hills of Austria, under the looming shadow of Nazi Germany, free-spirited Maria leaves the abbey to serve as nanny to the motherless children of the austere Captain von Trapp. With music and boundless love, Maria restores joy to the children’s home and finds unexpected feelings for their father, whose heart has rekindled with “the sound of music.”

 

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The audience gets to enjoy the beautiful music played by The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the incredible voices of the cast. A few days after the show, my 11 year old son was still talking about how great their voices were.

 

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We really enjoyed the play and you still have time to enjoy it too!

 

 

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Rodgers & Hammertstein musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC,

playing weekends January 17 – 26, 2014

at The Carnegie in Covington, KY

 

 

 

SOUND OF MUSIC at The Carnegie_Photo Credit Matt Steffen

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC will include eight performances over two weekends:

Friday, January 17, 7:30pm

Saturday, January 18, 2pm

Saturday, January 18, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 19, 3pm

Friday, January 24, 7:30pm

Saturday, January 25, 2pm

Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm

Sunday, January 26, 3pm

 

Single Ticket Pricing

 

$28 Adults

$25 Carnegie and Enjoy The Arts Members

$23 Groups of 8 or More

$19 Students

$16 Family Tickets (Groups of four or more with at least two children)

 

 

Ticketing

Tickets to The Carnegie and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC are $19 – $28 and may be purchased online at or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (open Tu – Fr, noon – 5pm).

 

**Photo credit – Matt Steffen

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Twist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

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I recently attend the Regional Premiere of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

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I honestly didnt’t remember much about the storyline prior to the show except for a scene where an orphan asked for more food.

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Here is a little more about “Oliver Twist.”

Audiences will re-experience the harrowing adventures of the orphan boy who dared to ask for “some more”. The regional premiere of this riveting new stage adaptation uses a large cast to create the sights, sounds, songs and spirit of Dickens’ London, as well as a rogue’s gallery of literature’s most infamous ne’er-do-wells: the devious Fagin (Jeremy Dubin), the crafty Artful Dodger (Sara Clark), and the murderous Bill Sikes (Jim Hopkins). CSC kicks off its Twentieth Anniversary Season with this unforgettable journey through the seamy side of Victorian England, seen through the eyes of a child.

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The cast did a great job of bringing a lot of interesting characters to life.

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The storyline really makes you feel empathy for orphans and showcases moments of humanity that bring out the best and worst in the characters who are connected to Oliver in some way. 

 

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Don’t miss out! You can still see a performance of  “Oliver Twist.” 

 

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Performances of “Oliver Twist” are scheduled from September 6-29, 2013 on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Performance Schedule

Thursday September 12th at 7:30 pm

Friday September 13th at 7:30 pm

Saturday September 14th at 7:30 pm

Sunday September 15th at 2:00 pm

Thursday September 19th at 7:30 pm

Friday September 20th at 7:30 pm

Saturday September 21st at 7:30 pm

Sunday September 22nd at 2:00 pm

Thursday September 26th at 7:30 pm

Friday September 27th at 7:30 pm

Saturday September 28th at 7:30 pm

Sunday September 29th at 2:00 pm (Closing)

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Single ticket prices

$22-$31 on Thursdays and Sundays

$26-$35 on Fridays and Saturdays.

If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID.

Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as Enjoy the Arts and AAA members.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at www.cincyshakes.com.

 

The theater is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati, two blocks west of the Aronoff Center.

 

**photo credit for all images in this post goes to Jeanna Vella.

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The 39 Steps ~ A play that will have you laughing all night

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I recently attended a blogger event where I got to preview the play “The 39 Steps” at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for a blogger event. “The 39 Steps” is adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock.

I was not familar with the play, but was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was! I mean BIG SMILES and LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!!!!!

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