Red: A Portrait of an Artist at Cincinnati Playhouse
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Ken Ludwig, the rib-tickling playwright with the Midas touch (see Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy For You, The Fox on the Fairway) had his first golden hit with Lend Me a Tenor, his Broadway debut. This Tony-winning farce opens on the eve of an opera gala in Cleveland in 1934. When the Italian superstar set to headline the event suddenly goes missing, the show's impresario must scramble for a replacement. The ensuing confusion quickly turns into a hilarious screwball comedy, replete with double entendres, mistaken identifies and slamming doors. A smash hit on Broadway with subsequent productions in 25 countries, Lend Me a Tenor now comes to Cincinnati by way of Beechmont Players. Learn More
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Featured review from Elizabeth S.
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Red was a fantastic experience. This was my first trip to Playhouse in the Park, and the space was great. The theatre itself felt intimate, though I'm sure there were several hundred seats - it didn't seem there was a bad seat in the house. The box office staff allowed us to select our seats, and we chose seats in the third row, on the side - our seats were perfect. The play itself was fantastic. The performance drew me in, and kept me engaged for the entire 90-minute show. The character who played Mark Rothko was exceptionally notable - he was intense, self-focused (yet ironically unable to step out of his narcissistic world), and sometimes funny (both when the character meant to be and when he didn't). The other character (Ken), was great to watch - he served as Rothko's personal canvas, with his impressionable, eager, but internally dark and conflicted nature. The end of the play was very fitting; and the whole show was simultaneously entertaining, ironic, and interesting enough to talk about for hours afterward.
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“Smart, exciting and scintillating.” —The New Yorker