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Mariemont Players Limelight Review – August, 2018

Jackie Miesle, Editor
Art Kibby, Distribution

Save The Date!
Mariemont Players Membership Summer Party: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 6:00pm
Bring an appetizer, side item or dessert to share. Entrée, sodas, beer and wine will be provided.

If you have not yet renewed your membership for the 2018-2019 season, you can do so the evening of the party.

Current Show
Don’t miss the Mariemont Players production of All The Way, directed by Ed Cohen! Shows are selling out!

Synopsis:
1963… An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America. Note: Graphic and crude language.

All The Way runs July 13-29, 2018. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

Thank You All The Way Ushers!
Ann Barfels
Merritt Beischel
Betsy Bossart
Jan Costello
Chris Cullen
Danny Davies
Rilla Foster
Bill Hartnett
Susie Hurst
Art Kibby
Joyce Kibby
Wayne Kirsch
Pat Kramer
Nisrene Langenna
Mike Morehead
Anne Nixon
John Nixon
Gudrun Raynor
Karen Rokich
Linda Roll
Fred Rothzeid
Carol Schneider
Amy Stier
Stephanie Stoller
Chuck Strain
Jenn Sullivan
Donna Surber
Fred Tacon
Jeanette Tacon
Traci Taylor
Samantha Toberman
Jim Waldfogle
Lee Anne Waldfogle
Rita Winters
Lauren Woodiwiss
Karen Zaugg

Upcoming Auditions
Mariemont Players and director Becky Mullins announce auditions for Three Bags Full by Jerome Chodorov
Audition Dates/Times: 1 PM Sunday, August 12th, 7 PM Monday, August 13th
Location: 4101 Walton Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Performance Dates: January 11th-27th, 2019

Synopsis:
A bright French farce about a greedy merchant who finds himself snookered into being a matchmaker for two daughters, one the child of his wife and the other the maid's offspring. Rebellious young ladies, a comely new maid, pregnant ladies and mistaken identities lead to explosive hilarity. A larcenous employee who has embezzled half a million dollars even offers to return it for a managerial position and the daughter's hand. Half of the loot is in diamonds and half in cash the stashes in separate but identical bags. A third identical bag contains the maid's skivvies.

Characters (acting ages vary)
Bascom Barlow (>35) – Greedy sports goods business owner, father, husband, center of the action.
Richard Foyle (<35) – Scheming employee of Bascom, in love with Bascom’s daughter.
Boris (<35) – The Barlow’s chauffer, and the true love of Bascom’s daughter.
Mr. Cottingham (>35) – Wealthy bank merchant and friend of Bascom.
Preston Cottingham (<35) – Lazy son of Mr Cottingham. In love with the Barlow’s maid.
Jenkins (age various) – Butler for the Barlow household
Genevieve Barlow (>35) – Mrs. Barlow, competent, socialite, artistic.
Angela Barlow (<35) – Bascom’s headstrong & rebellious daughter.
Charlotte (>35) – Mysterious new maid.
Jeanette (<35) – Young love of Richard.
Kathleen (age various) – Irish, previous maid for the Barlow household, in love with Preston Cottingham.

Rehearsals will begin in November.
Please bring a resume and head shot. For more information or to review a copy if the script, please contact director Becky Mullins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All Around Town
Tim Carney will play Lord Canterville, Eric Day will play Hiram B. Otis, and Jan Costello will play Mrs. Umney in the Beechmont Players production of The Canterville Ghost (Performance Dates: July 27-August 4, 2018).

Aimée Ward will be playing Belle* in the East Side Players production of Beauty and the Beast, choreographed by Jackie Miesle. Performance dates: August 9-12, 15-18.

*Aimée will be playing Belle on August 10, 12, 16 and 18.

Harold Murphy will play Walsh in The Milford Theatre Guild’s production of Rose’s Dilemma. Performance dates: October 19-21, 26-27.

Danny Davies will play Sy Benson, Katelyn Reid will play K.C. Downing, Tim Carney will play Uncle Morty, Samantha Toberman will play Aunt Sadie, and Sharon Shelton will perform in the ensemble in Cincinnati Music Theatre’s production of My Favorite Year. Performance dates: November 9-17.

Scott Unes will play Yusef El Fayoumy, C.J. Bossart will play Jesus of Nazareth, Michael Ireland will play Satan, Susan Unes will play Henrietta Iscariot, Dan Maloney will play Butch Honeywell, and Kenny Tessel will play Saint Matthew/Saint Thomas/Drunk Uncle Pino/Sigmund Freud in Village Players’ production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Dan Maloney. Performance dates: September 28-Ocrober 6.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to all of this year’s Orchid recipients!
OCTA Spirit of Community Theater - Dan Maloney
ACT Orchid Awards

Godspell
Excellence in Lobby Display – Tom Peters
Excellence in Producing – Zachery DeCarlos Riggins
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Will Graber
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Julia Beitz
Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Aimée Ward
Excellence in Ensemble – Tom Peters and Cast

The Wisdom of Eve
Excellence in Direction – Dee Anne Bryll
Excellence in Costume Design – Chris Cullen
Excellence in Light Design – Elizabeth Boland
Excellence in Set Décor – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Set Construction – Art Kibby & Bill Pauly
Excellence in Producing – Tom Storey
Excellence in Program – Teresa Johns
Excellence in House – Steve Winslow
Excellence in Acting – Linda Callahan
Excellence in Acting – Katey Blood

The Silver Whistle
Excellence in Producing – Dan Maloney
Excellence in Set Design – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Set Décor – Dan Dermody, Art Kibby, Joyce Kibby Vicki Rafferty, Steve Farley
Excellence in Set Construction – Bill Pauly and Crew
Excellence in Properties – Vicki Rafferty and Art Kibby
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Art Kibby
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jan Costello
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Dava Lynn
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Chessie Vigran
Excellence in Ensemble – Allan Karol and Cast

Becky's New Car
Excellence in Program – Teresa Johns
Excellence in Program Art – Teresa Johns
Excellence in Direction – Tom Peters
Excellence in Ensemble – Tom Peters and Cast
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Traci Taylor
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Lon Nease
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Scott Unes
Excellence in Overall Performance Quality – Tom Peters and Cast
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jay Dallas Benson
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Linda Callahan

Around the World in 80 Days
Excellence in Direction – Jerry Wiesenhahn
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jay Dallas Benson
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Eric Day
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Ryan Naish
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Patricia N. Mullins
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Eric Thomas
Excellence in Acting in a Play/Sound Execution – Patrick Kramer
Excellence in Stage Management – Jay Gossett
Excellence in Costume Design – Sharon Shelton, Kristen Vincenty and Pam Kaesemeyer
Excellence in Ensemble – Jerry Wiesenhahn and Cast
Excellence in Special Effects (Projections) – Jeff Surber
Excellence in Lobby Display – Kristen Vincenty

The Outgoing Tide
Excellence in Program Art – Teresa Johns
Excellence in Set Design – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Harold Murphy
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Michael Ireland
Excellence in Acting in a Play – Barbara Karol
Excellence in Direction – Dan Maloney
Excellence in Set Décor – Dan Dermody
Excellence in Set Construction – Bill Pauly, Art Kibby, John Nixon, Tim Carney
Excellence in Light Design – Dan Maloney
Excellence in Light Execution – Aimée Ward and Elizabeth Wyan

SW Regional OCTAFest - Around The World in 80 Days

CAST – OUTSTANDING IN ENSEMBLE
ERIC DAY – OUTSTANDING IN ACTING AS ACTOR 1
RYAN NAISH – EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS ACTOR 2
JAY DALLAS BENSON – EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS ACTOR 3
PATRICIA MULLINS – MERIT IN ACTING AS ACTOR 4
ERIC THOMAS – MERIT IN ACTING AS PHILEAS FOGG
PATRICK KRAMER – EXCELLENCE IN FOLEY EXECUTION
JERRY WIESENHAHN – OUTSTANDING IN DIRECTING
SHARON SHELTON – MERIT IN COSTUMING
KRISTEN VINCENTY – MERIT IN COSTUMING
PAM KAESEMEYER – MERIT IN COSTUMING
MARY KAY WIESENHAHN – MERIT IN COSTUMING
PAM KAESEMEYER – EXCELLENCE IN PROPS
THE CAST – EXCELLENCE IN USE OF PROPS

Special Congratulations to Around the Word in 80 Days – STATE OCTAFEST INVITEE

July, 2018 Play Reading Report
By Anna Nixon
We had a great turnout for this meeting: Dava Lynn (also in All The Way), Joyce and Art Kibby, Laura Hovland, Barbara Burke (welcome back, Barbara!), Karen Zaugg, Fred Rothzeid, Linda Callahan, Chessie Vigran, Karen Rokich, John Nixon and yours truly.

We read an older play (1985) “Stepping Out” by Richard Harris, a comedy about an evening tap dance class held in an old church hall. Despite the humor there is some bathos evolving from the background lives of the varied characters, especially as they are all women but one – Geoffrey. They mostly go to class to have fun but also to escape their unhappy private lives.

My thanks to Joyce for all your help– running the reading while we were away, copying the plays, cooking great refreshments!

The next reading is on Tuesday, Aug. 21st. at 7.30 pm.
“Mariemont Players Go ‘All The Way’ With LBJ”
Check out CityBeat’s review of MPI’s All the Way here!

Excerpt:
“As Johnson, actor A.J. Ford becomes increasingly presidential as the Mariemont Players’ All The Way progresses. Yet Ford also captures the aggressive insecurity of a man fighting for what he believes is right, who feels abandoned as various political interests pursue their own conflicting goals. He is particularly worried that the pro-civil-rights Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is threatening to challenge the conservative Mississippi delegation to the 1964 Democratic convention, which could threaten party unity.

All The Way also follows civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight to bring unity to the cause. The play shows how the civil rights movement incorporated several different advocacy groups who favored different tactics, like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. As King, actor Derek Snow does a solid job of capturing the complexities facing a leader bringing together myriad valid but conflicting viewpoints.”

Membership Renewal
MPI Membership Renewal – Please stay and play with us for another year!
The 2018-2019 membership year begins July 1st and we hope you will renew! If you haven’t sent your renewal ($15 for individual or $25 for family), please do so as soon as possible so you can continue to receive the Limelight Review, party invitations and other news. See the membership form for more information.

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Mariemont Players Limelight Review – July, 2018

Jackie Miesle, Editor
Art Kibby, Distribution

Board News
Michael Sauer has had to resign his Member-at-Large position on the 2018-2019 MPI Board because of the increased travel requirements of his job. The MPI Board has chosen Dee Ann Bryll to take the Member-at-Large position to fill out Michael's term. MPI is grateful for Michael's service as past treasurer and as chair of the Chairman's Club. As membership chair, Michael has hosted the MPI membership parties for the last several years. The MPI Board will miss Michael's advanced organizational skills and his ever-cheerful manner in which he helped make good things happen for Mariemont Players.

Hey, Directors!
Director Applications are being accepted for Mariemont Players’ 2019-2020 Season!

Mariemont Players is currently accepting applications for directing for the MPI 2019-2020 Season. To receive an application and additional information please contact Dee Anne Bryll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mareimont Players hope to present theatre that make our audience think and feel about what they see on our stage. We want our patrons to be entertained but just as importantly we want them to feel an emotional connection to the material.

Our season slots are September, November, January, March, May, and July. The committee is looking for comedies that can make an audience laugh, a drama that makes them cry, or best of all a show that can do both. It could be a mystery that keeps them guessing until the end or a musical that has them singing in their seats. It could be a favorite classic with a fresh production or an exciting new show. 

In addition, we want to provide opportunities for local actors, designers, and technicians to continue to grow and develop as artists. 

Deadline for applications is July 15, 2018.

Save The Date!
Mariemont Players Membership Summer Party: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 6:00pm. More information to come.

“The Outgoing Tide” – Thank You!
By Dan Maloney, Director

First of all, thank you to the MPI Artistic Committee and Board for believing in this show and giving me the opportunity to stage it. It was a tremendous blessing for me to bring it to MPI audiences, and I am eternally grateful for your trust and support. Thank you to Norma in particular for sharing this script with me early on, and believing I had the ability to do it justice.

Obviously, I need to thank the cast: Harold, Barbara, and Michael. This was a demanding show, and it wasn’t always easy. Your unyielding effort and commitment to the roles was all the difference. I am so proud of what we accomplished together, and I am honored you chose to share your talents with me. 

Behind the scenes, Sara Krehbiel was great as our stage manager. This was my first time working with her, and I look forward to future collaborations. Also, thank you to Aimée Ward and Liz Wyan executing lights/sound. This was Aimée’s first experience running the MPI board, and she did a fine job. Also, it was great to have Liz back in the booth for the first time in about a year. She had been recovering from a leg injury, and we’re thrilled she was able to help out once again!

The set for this show was simply EXTRAORDINARY. Dan Dermody did a fantastic job designing it, and we received more positive comments about this set than any I can remember during my time at MPI. Bill Pauly, along with his crew of Art Kibby, John Nixon, and Tim Carney did a wonderful job of bringing the set to life and getting it up in a timely fashion. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: the quality of our shows would not be the same without the hard work that goes into our sets. In addition, Art made the Adirondack chair at his home, and he also wired all the dock lights. 

We were fortunate to have Peggy Stouffer back designing costumes! This is my second time working with her, and she challenges me to expand my thinking about how the characters should dress and costumes can be used. She gave the actors the final pieces needed to fill in their characterizations, and she did it all while staying within budget! Moreover, she helped Barbara with her hair most nights, making her look just like Grace Kelly.

Liz Venn and her team did a great job painting the set. Kenneth Smith did an amazing job with photography, giving us lasting memories of this production. Pretty much everyone in the cast & crew helped some way with props. Kristen Vincenty jumped in at the last minute to help with lobby display, and she found a wonderful pattern to use a background. 

Also jumping in at the last minute was Chris Cullen sewing curtains for us, which brought the set décor together. Art Kibby and Pat Kramer put together a great promo video. As always, Teresa Johns did a wonderful job with the program art and laying out the program, including implementing all of my proposals to make it more readable. Tom Peters had the thankless task organizing the ushers, and Betsy Farro continues to make MPI patrons feel at home. In addition, there are several people who provided me with differing levels of feedback and support including Norma Niinemets, Ed Cohen, Jef Brown, Amy Stier, Linda Callahan and others. Thank you all.

Finally, I need to thank our patrons. Thank you for supporting live theater. You are our heroes.

Thank You, Ushers!

Linda Callahan

Janet Costello

Chris Cullen

Danny Davies

Rilla Foster

Susie Hurst

Art Kibby

Joyce Kibby

Bett Kooris

Pat Kramer

Nisrene Langenna

Dava Lynn

Denise Mann

Cheri Misleh

Mike Morehead

Lon Nease

Anne Nixon

John Nixon

Tom Peters

Steve Phelan

Gudrun Raynor

Cathy Roesener

Carol Schneider

Arny Stoller

Chuck Strain

Liz Taylor

Traci Taylor

Samantha Toberman

Ginny Weil

Linda Winslow

Steve Winslow

Rita Winters

Karen Zaugg

Strike Crew
By Dan Maloney

The Outgoing Tide set was struck following our closing performance on Sunday, May 27th. It was a complicated strike, especially since Art wasn’t available for the first time in as long as anyone can remember. However, we had a wonderful turnout, and we able to get it down in about 2.5 hours, which was at least an hour faster than any of us had imagined. Thank you to Bill Pauly, Dan Dermody, John Shova, Patrick Kramer, Tim Carney, Nick Briggs, Arny Stoller, Harold Dull, Michael Ireland, Barbara Karol, Sara Krehbiel, Dava Lynn, Peggy Stouffer, and Dan Maloney.

Cast Announcement
Mariemont Players and director Laura Berkemeier are pleased to announce the cast of our November production, More Fun than Bowling, by Steven Dietz.

Jake – Pat Kramer

Molly – Jackie Miesle

Lois – Elizabeth L. Taylor

Loretta – Natasha Boeckmann

Dyson – Mark Metzner

Synopsis: 
Jake owns the bowling alley in a small Midwestern town. He is sitting on a hilltop where two of his three wives are buried. Lois was zapped by lightning while carrying a bowling trophy in a thunderstorm and Loretta was killed by a ball return machine. In his younger days, he was a promising concert musician but a foul tip baseball broke his fingers which subsequently healed into a perfect bowler's grip. Jake replays the key frames of his life and is visited by his daughter Molly who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But who is that nattily dressed man with dark glasses and a revolver lurking nearby?

More Fun than Bowling runs November 2-18, 2018. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

All Around Town

  • NKU’s Commonwealth Theatre Summer Dinner Theatre Season will present the musical Life Could Be A Dream, directed by Dee Anne Bryll. The show runs June 6th through June 24th. Check the NKU website for ticket information.
  • Tim Carney will play Lord Canterville, Eric Day will play Hiram B. Otis, and Jan Costello will play Mrs. Umney in the Beechmont Players production of The Canterville Ghost (Performance Dates: July 27-August 4, 2018).
  • Aimée Ward will be playing Belle* in the East Side Players production of Beauty and the Beast, choreographed by Jackie Miesle! Performance dates: August 9-12, 15-18.
  • *Aimée will be playing Belle on August 10, 12, 16 and 18.


ACT/OCTA 2018

ACT/OCTA is this weekend!

When: The Annual ACT/OCTA Convention will be held June 21-23, 2018

Where: Miami University-Hamilton, 1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 (Excerpts)

Blue Ash Embassy Suites (off Reed Hartman) 4554 Lake Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 (Banquet & Awards)

MPI will be represented by Around the World in 80 Days on Saturday, 6/23 at 2:00pm!

Come out and support them!

MPI’s OCTAFest job is door security Saturday morning, 6/23, from 8am-Noon, and we would greatly appreciate your help! Essentially, we will be watching the entrance to make sure people don’t go into the auditorium without a nametag or enter/exit during the excerpts. This does not mean you will have to miss the excerpts – just that you’ll need to sit near the doors. Please let Dan Maloney know if you can help! Thank you.

We hope to see you there!

Current Show
All The Way opens in just a few weeks! Don’t miss this wonderful production, directed by Ed Cohen.

Synopsis:
1963… An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America. Note: Graphic and crude language.

All The Way runs July 13-29, 2018. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online at www.mariemontplayers.com. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

Community:
Mariemont Players mourns the loss of long-time member Ellie Shepherd, who passed on June 3rd. Our hearts go out to Bill and their family. Please respect Bill’s privacy at this time.

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Membership
MPI Membership Renewal – Please stay and play with us for another year!

The 2018-2019 membership year begins July 1st and we hope you will renew! If you haven’t sent your renewal ($15 for individual or $25 for family), please do so as soon as possible so you can continue to receive the Limelight Review, party invitations and other news. See the membership form for more information.

The Outgoing Tide – “Emotionally Charged and Empathetic”

House:

  • “MPI has been doing this for many years in this facility, and has it down pat. Actually, I take that back – the seating in the auditorium is vastly improved.”
  • Betsy Farro somehow remembers me each time I attend a Mariemont production!... An afternoon or evening at Mariemont Players’ Theater is always pleasurable.”

Lobby Display:

  • “As usual, MPI has professional quality photos, displayed in a strategic location at the base of the stairs.”

Pre-Show:

  • “I loved the sound of gentle, rolling waves before and during the production.  This was an excellent choice and made me feel like I was near the dock or the beach that were visible in the low light on the stage.”

Program:

  • “Mariemont always does a great job of thanking their supporters, who are such an important part of their success and reputation.”

Producer:

  • “The producer did a commendable job overseeing the production… there was a minute level of detail that went into [the] elements [of the play] and the coordination of all the elements offered a well-rounded, seamless experience, providing audience members with many subtle enhancements and subconscious deliveries of supporting information.”

Set Design, Décor, Construction:

  • The set design for this production was superior.  Within the small stage, Dan Dermody established locale and managed to fit in the sandy beach, water, the dock / boardwalk, and the rooms of the home… The Adirondack fishing chair was charming.”
  • “The set was quite ingenious… Not only did the overall construction of the major pieces evoke an immediate imagery, the set was decorated with multiple layers of minute touches that created a complete atmosphere and provided the sense of a truly live in home…”

Lighting Design & Execution:

  • The lighting design highlighted the action on stage and dimmed when the scene changed.  Lighting enhanced the mood of the production and gave a clear indication of the time of day.”
  • “The lighting was beautifully designed and was executed flawlessly.”

Sound Design & Execution:

  • “When the motorboat sounded at the climax, indicating that Gunnar was leaving the dock and starting his journey toward his self-chosen end, there was total silence in the theater as everyone in the audience took in what was about to transpire. All cues were precisely executed.”

Costumes:

  • “The costumes were composed of everyday clothing, but still gave strong hints about each character’s personalities.”

Properties:

  • “Each prop held some kind of symbolic importance for the character or the action.”

Acting:

Harold Murphy (Gunner)

  • “[Harold] gave a moving and masterful performance. Mr. Murphy established his character immediately as a gruff, no-nonsense, hard-boiled negotiator. His opening monologue, while it jumped from idea to idea did not seem overly disconnected for a person of his temperament and age – there was an audible gasp from the audience when they realized he had been talking to his son – it was a totally “wow” moment.”
  • “Harold’s engaging performance as Gunner was truly memorable. His spirited dialogue was easy and natural as he demonstrated humor, wit, frustration, and anger. Harold remained true to character and was totally convincing as an elderly man fighting dementia.”

Barbara Karol (Peg)

  • “[Barbara] was fragile and appealing as Gunner’s wife… Her character displayed an intriguing paradox of emotions – after the flashback that recounted her initial hopes and dreams, which were destroyed by her pregnancy, she became trapped in her own roles of wife and mother. While she was eager to alleviate the stress of caring for her declining husband, she was also unable to re-envision herself as anything other than a nurturer and caregiver – her cry of pain to her son about what she would do without her husband was so heartfelt. Her performance especially in the second act was compelling and completely sympathetic.”
  • “Barbara established and maintained Peg’s character as the sensible, loving wife and mother who remained the strength and support for her husband and son. She displayed a wide range of believable emotions and gave a very moving performance.”

Michael Ireland (Jack)

  • “[Michael] did a great job of portraying the tortured soul that was Jack… Mr. Ireland did a wonderful job of revealing the many dark and confusing corners of his emotional turmoil. His clear level of discomfort during Gunner’s opening monologue seemed disproportionate until the audience realizes he is talking to his father, who doesn’t recognize him… Jack’s character had the most extreme transitions and Mr. Ireland did an excellent job of shifting quickly and convincingly from a small, dreamy, emotionally wounded, browbeaten boy to a grown up, supremely stressed, emotionally overwhelmed, scarred, browbeaten adult.”
  • “Michael gives a layered performance as Jack digs through the issues of the dementia, Jack’s own marriage and upbringing, and how to finally let go of his father. He drew me in.”

Stage Management/Scene Change:

  • “The cues for the performance I attended were all well executed. The light cues in particular were absolutely essential to the performance.”

Direction:

  • ”The direction of this play was outstanding… The director did an excellent job of utilizing the entire stage, but still creating time capsules that the characters stepped into and out of seamlessly.”
  • Very nice. This is a serious play that hits home for a lot of us. If we’re not Gunner’s age ourselves we probably have a family member who is; either way, what’s happening to Gunner could happen to us or to someone we love. This play has a lot of humor, too, which was fully developed without detracting from the serious point. The script itself introduces some points which could become distractions, such as the “Don’t tell your mother/father” stuff, or the scene where Peg finds that Jack has been looking at real estate ads and suspects that he has known about Gunner’s plans all along – there doesn’t seem to be a lot of trust in this family. But the director kept the storytelling focused. Presumably the director and set designer discussed movement options during the design process; everything in this compact production was kept (figuratively and literally) straightforward. Very enjoyable.”
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The Cemetery Club Cast Announced

Mariemont Players and director Jerry Wiesenhahn are pleased to announce the cast of our September production, The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchall.

Ida – Mary Ann Smith
Doris – Chessie Vigran
Lucille – Barbara H. Russell
Sam – Arny Stoller
Mildred – Susan Schapiro

Synopsis
3 Jewish widows in New York City have been friends forever and get together once a month to visit their husbands’ graves. One of them will never get over her husband’s death, the visit to his gravesite is the highlight of her month; another is just beginning to think about putting herself back out there socially and try dating; the third may have actually scheduled a date at her husband’s funeral for later that evening. How they support each other (and occasionally don’t) is a very funny (and sometimes touching) play about life, loss, friendship, and having the courage to turn a page and begin a new chapter for yourself. 

The Cemetery Club runs September 7-23, 2018. To order tickets, call Betsy at 513-684-1236 OR order online. All seats are reserved and $20 each.

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