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2017-2018 Season

REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

THIS RANDOM WORLD

by Steven Dietz
directed by D. Lynn Meyers

October 10–November 4, 2017

A charming, intimate meditation on the power of chance.

Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and an internet prank gone awry, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Content advisory: contains adult themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences


Reviews

This Random World is "the perfect script for this new ETC complex to open with."  —Cincinnati Enquirer

"This is a well-intended success." —CityBeat

"The revamped, renovated, and reinvigorated Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati exceeds any and all expectations."  —CincyArtsGuide

"This show is another example of what has earned ETC their new space and all the attention: consistently great theatre."  —The Sappy Critic

Audience Buzz

"Great show, don't miss it! "  —Linda W. via Facebook

"It was very good. " —John G. via Facebook

"Just got back from seeing it and it was FANTASTIC! Poignant and hilarious and touching and silly...absolutely impressed...loved it!" —MaryBeth P. via Facebook

"We saw this show last night really good and the new and improved theatre is awesome!" —Barb S. via Facebook

 

 

 

 

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

THE DANCING PRINCESSES

book by Joseph McDonough | music & lyrics by David Kisor
directed by D. Lynn Meyers

November 29–December 30, 2017

A new, family-friendly musical to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season!

From the creators of last season’s runaway hit Cinderella: After Ever After comes a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a kingdom where an enchanting mystery is afoot! Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. This is the heartfelt and humorous story of five uniquely different sister princesses who embark upon a journey of the imagination that explores the universal quest for understanding, acceptance, and love.

Content advisory: This production is suitable for all audiences.

Approximate running time is 2 hours, including one intermission.


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AUDIENCE BUZZ

“It was truly a family-friendly show!…It is DEFINITELY A MUST-NOT-MISS SHOW this holiday season for those looking for a musical theatre experience of all ages.”—@cincymomsblog, via Instagram

"It's A MUST SEE!!!!" —Peggy B, via Facebook

"What a wonderful experience it was seeing this performance! HIGHLY RECOMMEND GOING!"—Mariah C, via Facebook

"Awesome production! LOVED IT!" -Stephane S, via Facebook

"#TheDancingPrincesses @EnsembleCincy was SO GOOD!" —@Rosemamie, via Twitter

“It was WONDERFUL! Thank you for a fun afternoon for my dad, my niece, my daughter and me.” —Kelly F, via Facebook

“My daughter and I saw it yesterday and WE LOVED IT.” —Kenya T, via Facebook

SUCH A GREAT TIME!!!"—Trisha R, via Facebook


REVIEWS

The Dancing Princesses "is TOP-NOTCH holiday entertainment...one of ETC's "best, most entertaining creations...about five fiercely independent and uniquely imagined princess sisters." —CityBeat

"Get tickets to see The Dancing Princesses...YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT." —365 Things To Do in Cincinnati

"YOU WILL NOT STOP SMILING!" —Cincy Arts Guide

The Dancing Princesses is "A SCRUMPTIOUSLY VISUAL production...wonderfully fresh," —Cincinnati Enquirer

"As usual, this fine ensemble does a bang-up job." Tony Dallas blog review

 

 

 

REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

THE HUMANS

by Stephen Karam
directed by Michael Evan Haney

January 23–February 17, 2018

2016 TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY

"BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR" —NY Times, Washington Post, NY Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, Time Out NY, NPR.

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point...and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.

Content advisory: This production contains mature language and content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Approximate running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

 

REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

RED VELVET

by Lolita Chakrabarti
directed by Brian Isaac Phillips

March 6–31, 2018

An endlessly fascinating play showcasing the enduring power of the stage to push boundaries.

Theatre Royal, London, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. To the shock of audiences and critics, Ira Aldridge, a young African-American actor, is called in to take over the role. Outside the theatre, the public is rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery. Inside, another revolution is about to begin.

Content advisory: This production contains mild adult themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Approximate running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes with one intermission.

REGIONAL PREMIERE MUSICAL

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

by Larry Parr

April 24–May 19, 2018

Born in 1896 into abject poverty, Ethel Waters overcame a spirit-breaking childhood and racial injustice to become a Vaudeville success, legendary jazz and blues singer, Broadway pioneer, and Oscar-nominated actress. However, a reputation for being difficult and her own distrust of those who might employ her or love her—largely a response to the unspeakable horrors of Jim Crow America—caused her to lose everything and become a recluse, until she found new strength from a most unlikely source.

Content advisory: This production contains mature content and language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Approximate running time is 2 hours, 10 minutes with one intermission.

REGIONAL MUSICAL REVIVAL

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH

book by John Cameron Mitchell | music & lyrics by Stephen Trask

June 5–July 1, 2018

"The most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever," —Time Magazine

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, this is the landmark American musical that is "shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny" (NY Times) about a gender-crossed glam rocker who immigrates to America, determined to become a superstar. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It's a rocking ride, entertaining, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

Content advisory: This show may be inappropriate for children 12 and under. Hedwig and the Angry Inch contains strong language and adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences.

Approximate running time is 1 hour, 40 minutes with no intermissio.