STAGE DOOR: Storytelling Is in the Air

Here are some theatrical productions to see this weekend

click to enlarge Desi Oakley & Larry Marshall in "Waitress" - PHOTO: Joan Marcus
PHOTO: Joan Marcus
Desi Oakley & Larry Marshall in "Waitress"

It’s a weekend for great stories. The Moth, the renowned storytelling organization from New York City that stages events around the country, will be in town at Memorial Hall on Saturday evening. It’s an event sponsored by WVXU-FM 91.7, which airs The Moth Radio Hour on Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. I’m sad to report that it’s sold out, but if you’re a fan of the program, you should focus on Monday evening, 7:30 p.m. That’s when Cincinnati’s local storytelling organization, True Theatre, presents one of its quarterly programs — also at Memorial Hall. This time around the theme is trueSONG, featuring five speakers offering personal accounts about how specific songs have marked milestones and special moments in their lives — for better or for worse. Tickets: memorialhallotr.com

There will be some good stories onstage at the Carnegie in Covington, which is producing Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. It’s the classic tale of Charlie and Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, brought to life at the Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theater. The family-friendly show invites kids of all ages to cheer for Charlie as he finds his golden ticket, to sing along with the Oompa-Loompas and to tour the most famous candy factory of all time. The stage show is based on the 1971 film starring the late Gene Wilder, and it uses lots of favorite tunes from that popular movie. Through Jan. 28. Tickets: thecarnegie.com

 Last Chance: The excellent touring production of the charming musical Waitress wraps up its two-week run at the Aronoff Center on Sunday. I gave this story about love and pie-baking a Critic’s Pick in my CityBeat review. It’s a heartwarming, entertaining show featuring a score by Pop star Sara Bareilles. This is also the final weekend for Steven Dietz’s comedy Becky’s New Car at Mariemont Players. 

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