Monday, June 2, 2003

Playhouse fund-raiser promises feats of magic



By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

New illusions and comedy magic will headline the 13th annual edition of the Playhouse in the Park fund-raiser Abracadabra! There will be six performances Aug. 14-17.

Headliners:

• Kevin James, inventor of the great Floating Rose and Snow Storm, promises first-time illusions for the Playhouse show. Expect his "Twisted Cabaret" to include an audience favorite: when a "sawing" trick goes "awry," various pieces of the victim scurry around the stage until they're reunited.

• Aaron Radatz is the only magician to apprentice with Harry Blackstone Jr. He'll "grow" a model car into a full-scale version of hotrod "Greased Lightnin."

• Dale Salwak brings more than 35 years of experience to the Playhouse stage. He specializes in classic illusions.

• Emcee Kerry Pollock has headlined in comedy clubs, cabarets and casinos. His act is a blend of comedy, magic, music and parody.

Abracadabra! performances will be 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.

The Aug. 14 Preview House Party will feature preshow festivities starting at 6 p.m., including complimentary hors d'oeuvres and strolling magicians, prior to a 7:30 p.m. curtain.

Tickets: $36.50-$44.50 for adults, $15-$20 for children ages 5 to 12. Tickets are on sale at the Playhouse box office, 421-3888 and (800) 582-3208. Order online at www.cincyplay.com.

The annual Abracadabra! gala Aug. 15 will include preperformance reception and post-performance dinner and dancing. Tickets: $250. A $150 gala package will feature postshow dessert in place of dinner.

E-mail: jdemaline@enquirer.com




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