Cincy Shakes Goes Wilde, More 'Angels'

Apr 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I wish I could point you to a good production of a Shakespearean play today, since it's the Bard's 446th birthday. But Cincy Shakes is presenting Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband in a delightfully enacted production that ranges from witty humor to heartfelt emotion. It's definitely worth seeing.—- (Check out Tom McElfresh's review here.)

For something more serious, I'll send you to Know Theatre of Cincinnati, which tonight opens Part II: Perestroika, the second half of its ambitious staging of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. The excellent cast, led by Rob Jansen as Prior Walter and Michael Bath as Roy Cohn, extend their performances from Part I: Millennium Approaches for the dramatic follow-up to the tale that left the AIDS-afflicted Prior in bed with an angel hovering over him with a message about the "great work" ahead. In Perestroika, Kushner's script pushes forward with politics and history told in a profoundly human way.

(UPDATE: Read my review of Part I here and my review of Part II here. Showtimes and ticketing info can be found here.)

Know has announced that the remainder of the run — which will offer both parts in rotating repertory — has added another week of performances, pushing the closing date from May 8 to May 15. This production is not to be missed.