All play in Cincinnati this Christmas

December 3, 2013 by  

The holidays are already underway in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a number of shows lighting up theater marquees in the coming weeks.

The offerings include two versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and a madcap romp called The Complete History of Comedy.

The Cincinnati Playhouse is staging Dickens’ classic ghost story for the 23rd year, with audience favorite Bruce Cromer in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The production itself is also a favorite of playgoers, who enjoy the lavish Victorian costumes and the wonderful stage sets. The show opened November 29 and runs through December 29. For tickets and information, check out the theater’s website.

The other version of the Dickens tale is on the boards at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, located at 4990 Glenway Avenue. This production is a musical version of the story, with Jeremy Helmes composing the tunes, and the book and lyrics by Tim Perrino, who also directs. The show runs through December 22 and stars Harold Murphy as the miserable miser Scrooge. Tickets are available through the center’s website.

The Cincinnati Playhouse also offers a non-holiday show that should bring down the house. It is The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) and involves a lot of improvisation, a great deal of laughter, and some unexpected performances from unsuspecting audience members. The show is the brainchild of Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, the twisted geniuses behind The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Tickets and information are available on the website.

The theaters could consider working with a banner printing company to create displays to hang outside the playhouses, announcing the shows and celebrating the season.