Onstage: High at Cincinnati Playhouse

Sister Jamison Connelly (Kathleen Turner) is a blunt, hard-boiled nun with a past. She's a hard case with a mouth like a longshoreman and an argumentative, no-nonsense manner. She meets her match in a young drug addict so far gone it's hard to imagine hi

Sister Jamison Connelly (Kathleen Turner) is a blunt, hard-boiled nun with a past. She’s a hard case with a mouth like a longshoreman and an argumentative, no-nonsense manner.

She meets her match in Cory Randall (Evan Jonigkeit), a young drug addict so far gone it’s hard to imagine his recovery.

Nevertheless, he’s assigned to her by Father Michael Delpapp (Michael Berresse), who manages a minimum security rehab facility. She objects that Cory’s case is beyond her expertise and the program of treatment normally offered, but the priest insists.

That’s the set-up for Matthew Lombardo’s new play, High, the season opener for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It’s a harsh portrait of contemporary addiction, and this production is not for the faint of heart: The language is crude, the characters’ confessional stories are horrific and their actions are tough to accept.

Read Rick Pender's full review and get showtimes and tickets here.

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