Sunday, August 31, 2003

Critic's picks for fine fall theater-going

Here are Jackie Demaline's theater recommendations for fall, week by week.

1. My Fair Lady, Sept. 2-Oct. 3, Playhouse in the Park, 421-3888. Small cast, two pianos, still loverly!

2. Nite Club Confidential, Sept. 3-21, Ensemble Theatre, 421-3555. Wacky blend of film noir and '50s hit parade.

3. The Taming of the Shrew, Sept. 18-Oct. 12, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, 381-2273. The Bard's classic battle of the sexes is set in the suffragette era.

4. The Dazzle, Sept. 11-28, Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton, (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630. Richard Greenberg also wrote Three Days of Rain and Take Me Out. That's worth the price of a ticket.

5. One, Sept. 27-Oct. 26, Playhouse in the Park, 421-3888. Three interconnected monologues look at life, loneliness and love. By Joe McDonough, it's the first local script on the Playhouse mainstage in 16 seasons.

6. Blue/Orange, Oct. 8-26, Ensemble, 421-3555. Brit hit about the health care system and the way it treats insanity.

7. BlueForms, Nov. 13-15, Performance Gallery, 333-8482. Young, much-praised Columbus alternative theater company makes its regional premiere, title TBA.

8. Metamorphoses, Oct. 19-Nov. 21, Playhouse in the Park,

421-3888. The New York hit looks to be the must-see show of the 2003-04 season.

9. Urinetown, Oct. 21-Nov. 2, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati, Aronoff Center Procter & Gamble Hall, 241-7469. Musical satire - a real departure for Broadway in Cincinnati.

10. Dracula, Oct. 23-Nov. 16, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, 381-2273. Giles Davies returns to the Festival in a neck-biting performance.

11. Always...Patsy Cline, Nov. 8-Jan. 18, Playhouse in the Park Shelterhouse, 421-3888. Molly Andrews sings up a storm in the title role, in a bio-revue filled with Cline's greatest hits.

12. On the Town, Nov. 20-23, CCM, 556-4183. Three sailors on leave in NYC to a score by Bernstein, Comden and Green. You'll leave the theater singing.

13. Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nov. 18-30, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati, 241-7469. Sing and dance into the holiday season with a flapper who finds friends, a job and a guy - all in less than a week!

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Burgess Byrd
Elizabeth Harris
Corinne Mohlenhoff
Crista Moore
Pam Myers
Marni Penning
Darcie Roberts
The 2002-03 Jackie Awards
Critic's picks for fine fall theater-going

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Two fine reds up for auction
Grazers given two goes at great eats

Get to it!