Onstage: Community Theater

Greater Cincinnati has a bounty of excellent and venerable community theaters that amplify the number of onstage offerings in the area. This week two of them open productions: Beechmont Players (in its 52nd season) produces the 1954 drama 'The Rainmaker,

As if our theater scene was not already full to the brim, we also have a bounty of excellent and venerable community theaters in Greater Cincinnati that amplify the number of onstage offerings. This week two of them — frequently considered to be among the best in town — are opening productions.

Beechmont Players, in its 52nd season, will produce N. Richard Nash’s 1954 drama The Rainmaker, set during a drought in the West — cattle are dying and a young woman’s prospects of marriage are drying up, too. Enter a fast-talking guy full of promises of surefire solutions for precipitation and love.

Mariemont Players has been producing shows for even longer: For the second offering of its 74th season, the group will present an intriguing adaptation by Neil Bartlett of Great Expectations, performed by eight actors whose script is drawn directly from Charles Dickens’ text for his classic 1860 novel about Pip’s coming of age. Both productions promise to be worth seeing.

Beechmont’s tickets are $15; the show is onstage through Nov. 13. Admission to Mariemont’s production, running through Nov. 21, is $17.

For showtimes and venue details, go here for The Rainmaker and here for Great Expectations.

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