This is the final weekend for SHINING CITY at New New Stage Collective. If you haven't seen it and you like serious contemporary drama (the playwright is Conor McPherson, a Dublin-based writer who is getting everyone's attention), you should try to catch it this weekend.
The hottest ticket around seems to be AMADEUS at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, which has pretty much sold out this weekend's performances (although I bet you could score a ticket for the Sunday matinee). You still have one more weekend for the show about the rivalry between two 18th-century composers, Wolfgang Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The latter is played by CEA winner Bruce Cromer, and it's a riveting performance — he's onstage for every moment of the play (which runs slightly more than three hours), and worth watching for every one of those moments.
Finally, I'd suggest you check out the quirky GREY GARDENS at Ensemble Theatre, which should be back in the swing of things with a replacement cast member for an actor who departed on the show's opening night. This show is an unusual story about two loopy relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: It's ultimately about parents and children and how they can love and destroy one another. Read my review here.
One more good prospect: I haven't seen it yet, but REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL, which opens on Saturday night at Know Theatre, sounds like a lot of fun.
There's no excust for sitting around this weekend — or for whining about a lack of good shows to see.
– Rick Pender