Onstage: The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck’s 1939novel about endurance and hope during the Great Depression was a Pulitzer Prizewinner, and Frank Galati’s 1988 adaptation won the 1990 Tony Award. The modernclassic is C

Justin McComb and Sherman Fracher in Grapes of Wrath
Justin McComb and Sherman Fracher in Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel about endurance and hope during the Great Depression was a Pulitzer Prize winner, and Frank Galati’s 1988 adaptation won the 1990 Tony Award. The modern classic is Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s next production. Director Brian Isaac Phillips says, “This story is the definitive portrait of a family struggling to hold onto their dignity in the face of adversity. This novel has been dear to me for many years, as has the play. I am ecstatic that we have the opportunity to bring it to life now, especially when the journey of the Joad family has become so timely.” The production features Sherman and Drew Fracher as Ma and Pa Joad, and Justin McCombs plays Tom Joad. To set the mood for opening night, local musician Jake Speed will be playing in the lobby. $22-$32. Thursday through Sunday. Through April 29. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Downtown. 513-381-2273.

Rick Pender

RICK PENDER has written about theater for CityBeat since its first issues in 1994. Before that he wrote for EveryBody’s News. From 1998 to 2006 he was CityBeat’s arts & entertainment editor. Retired from a long career in public relations, he’s still a local arts fan, providing readers (and public radio listeners)...
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