No complaints about the length of the run for the Cincinnati Playhouse’s presentation of The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue. It began performances on the Shelterhouse stage way back on Nov. 11. Initially planned to close on New Year’s Eve, the production proved to be an audience favorite, so it was extended through this weekend, wrapping up with a 7 p.m. performance. If you’re glad to have survived the holidays, you’re likely to enjoy this show — with lots of improv elements — which takes aim at the emotionally charged celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything in between. It’s performed by a talented cast from Chicago’s legendary comedy club. Lots of fun. Tickets: 513-421-3888.
A few weeks back I wrote a Curtain Call column about event cinema, streaming presentations of excellent dramas and musicals at cineplexes. There’s a fine one available Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Kenwood Theatre (7815 Kenwood Road): British stage and screen veteran Kenneth Branagh will be featured in John Osborne’s The Entertainer. This is an encore screening of a previously live event staged by Branagh’s own theater company — the 1957 play is set against the backdrop of post-war Britain. Focused on Archie Rice, a failing music hall performer trapped in a fading art form, it’s an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. (Sir Laurence Olivier originated the role.) Admission: $20 (knowtheatre.com).
Only once a quarter can you savor some fine storytelling thanks to trueTheatre. One of their events is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday evening at Know Theatre. Each of these evenings features five storytellers from Cincinnati who tell true, personal stories pertaining to the evening’s theme. Each story is 10-15 minutes long, told on a bare stage at a lone microphone. This time the theme is trueNature: It’s man and woman vs. the great outdoors, as told by people who faced Mother Nature and returned with a story to tell. These intimate evenings are always worth attending — sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always engaging. Tickets: 513-300-5669.
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