Cincinnati Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute opens Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Aronoff Center. The charming love story about a perilous quest — replete with mythical creatures, a venomous queen and heroic trials — has been reimagined in a staging that uses early cinema style, fanciful projections and nimble stagecraft. The blend of silent film, live action and animation has been described as “surreally enchanting” and “bewitching.” This staging has been imported from Berlin, and it’s earned fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Tickets: 513-241-2742.
Two continuing productions of note: Blithe Spirit, a funny comedy about the ghost of a man’s first wife making trouble with his second marriage, continues at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, while Commonwealth Theatre Company’s fast food musical comedy, Burgertown, is onstage as a dinner theater production at Northern Kentucky University. Both are onstage though July 23.
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