Sunday, September 03, 2000

More theater, on the road

        Here are five reasons to try a theater road trip within a two-hour radius of Cincinnati during the 2000-2001 season:

        1. You saw Dale Hodges in Wit. You missed Dale Hodges in Wit. The Shelterhouse production was a sensation of the Playhouse season last spring. Ms. Hodges will be repeating her role as a terminal cancer patient and John Donne scholar for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oct. 26-Nov. 18. (502) 584-1205.

        2. You loved Stomp, so what's new? Aeros, from the producers of Stomp, is an ensemble of 15 Olympic medalist gymnasts from Romania choreographed by Americans, including David Parsons, Moses Pendleton (of Pilobolus and Momix) and Danny Ezralow. Catch these high flyers March 10 at the Wexner Center, Ohio State University, in Columbus. (614) 431-3600.

        3. Actors Theatre of Louisville's new artistic director Marc Masterson has a reputation for having an eye for new plays. His hire was announced in time for him to have some input in the 2001 Humana Festival of New American Plays, which has needed a transfusion of new blood for years. This season's edition of Humana Fest, Feb. 27-April 7, might be very interesting. Titles to be announced.

        4. What does Columbus have that Cincinnati doesn't? A cabaret series. A terrific cabaret series. Betty Buckley, Misia and Ute Lemper are strictly runners-up. This season's winner is the magical Andrea Marcovicci, taking a break from New York's Algonquin Hotel to perform a one-night stand at the Southern Theatre on May 13. (614) 469-0939.

        5. Hardly a drive at all, Dayton's Human Race will again offer a musical theater workshop series. The intriguing entries are the rarely produced gem Goblin Market (featuring Kay Bosse and Patricia Linhart), Oct. 29-30; King Island Christmas, not about our local amusement park but Christmas Eve on a remote Alaskan island, Dec. 17-18; and Prometheus Dreams, an original musical re-imagining of Mary Shelley, by Human Race's Patrick Vaughn and Sean Michael Flowers June 24-25). (937) 461-3823.

— Jackie Demaline

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