It's a good weekend for local theater, with two confirmed choices and a fascinating new production with a lot of potential. Both shows that opened a week ago — End Days at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Gee's Bend at Cincinnati Playhouse — have been recommended by the Acclaims judging panel that considered them, and both have received nominations for performers and other aspects.—-
Michael Bath is playing both Jesus and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking at ETC (with some quick changes and a lot of humor), and the roles have earned him another Acclaim nomination for this season (he already has one for his role in Next Fall at ETC). At the Playhouse, director Derrick Sanders and actress Bakesta King are nominees — and the entire acting ensemble (four performers) are, too — in Gee's Bend, a lovely show about quilters in a rural community in southern Alabama. (Check out my Gee's review here.) Playhouse box office: 513-421-3888 or click here.