Somehow my high school required reading skipped over the book “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinback. I remember hearing about the book but I had no idea what the plot of the story was about. I got to understand more about the story by watching the play performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
“An American literary classic, “Of Mice and Men” is John Steinbeck’s tale of enduring friendship amidst unendurable hardship. It tells the story of George and Lennie, two down-and-out migrant laborers in pursuit of work and their dream of a piece of land to call their own. As they travel from town to town, the pragmatic George (Jeremy Dubin) struggles to protect the giant but simple-minded Lennie (Jim Hopkins) from his own mistakes and the world’s cruelty. When they secure jobs at a working ranch, a hot-tempered and volatile ranch hand seems bent on causing them trouble, testing their resolve and the limits of their loyalty. “
The play gave perspective for the difficulty of that time period, unconditional friendship and the hope for better days.
(Jim Hopkins as Lennie and Maggie Lou Rader as Curly’s Wife)
Each cast member did a great job of creating a believable character that was trying to cope with their circumstances.
(Ken Early as Crooks and Jim Hopkins as Lennie)
This play will give you an appreciation for the all of the opportunities and better living conditions that we can easily take for granted.
You can still catch a performance until November 10.
(Jim Hopkins as Lennie and Jeremy Dubin as George)
(J. Sheldon Photo)
Performances of “Of Mice and Men” are scheduled from October 18- November 10, 2013
on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.
(Jeremy Dubin as George and Joneal Joplin as Candy)
Single ticket prices range from $22-$31 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $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.
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 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati.
* All photo credit goes to Rich Sofranko unless otherwise noted.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.