It's that time of year when Cincinnati's theaters start doing the season announcement dance. I'm glad to share information with you, but I avoid the big splash that the daily papers seem to think are so important, since I presume CityBeat's readers are more interested in what's going on right now than what will be happening in the months ahead. But there are some good things coming our way that you should know about, and the first news down the chute is from the CINCINNATI SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (CSC). No, that's not a typo: One piece of news is that the group formerly known as the "Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival" has taken on a new name. According to Managing Director REBECCA BOWMAN, "In a city known for its summer festivals, our former named sometimes created confusion. Audiences thought we were here and gone within a few weeks' time." In fact, the company is announcing its 13th consecutive year-round season.
For the past 26 years the NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY DINNER THEATRE has been a hot ticket for local auciences. This summer's productions will be The Odd Couple (June 14-July 2) and The 1940s Radio Hour (July 12-30). I'm not certain we need one more staging of Neil Simon's oddball buddy comedy, but the recreation of a 1942 radio musical broadcast from the Algonquin Room at New York's Hotel Astor is one that I'm eager to see. By the way, if you're a performer looking for work, auditions for Radio Hour are Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Call in advance (859-572-5647) to schedule a five-minute slot. (Odd Couple is already cast.) These performances always sell out, so it's worth noting now that tickets go on sale on May 15 if you're interested in the combo approach (buffet dinner is offered starting at 6:30 most evenings, with a performance at 8 p.m.). Box office: 859-572-5464. ...
Baseball season is right around the corner, so maybe you'd like to take in a musical about a miraculous baseball season: DAMN YANKEES is a fantastic takeoff on the Faust legend -- a middle-aged guy gets a chance to be a baseball star with a little devilish assistance. The Hamilton Rotary Club is presenting the show, a classic from 1955, this weekend at Parris Auditorium on Miami University's Hamilton Campus. Tickets: 513-867-1998, x231.