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January 19, 2019 - February 15, 2019
Photo Credit: Playhouse in the Park website.
Cincinnati Playhouse Off The Hill Production Cyrano is a family-friendly performance all will enjoy.
The Playhouse’s family-friendly, Off the Hill series tours its second production of the season this January and February to community centers in Greater Cincinnati with CYRANO, a youth-oriented adaptation that’s based on the 1897 classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. The production runs Jan. 19 to Feb. 17, 2019. This amusing and thought-provoking production is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
This is an off the hill production. Show times and venues change with the dates. See below for a full list of times and locations. Most shows are FREE. Please call the venue ahead of time to be sure.
Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.
Evendale Cultural Arts Center at 10500 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241
Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.
Oxford Community Arts Center at 10 S. College Ave., Oxford, OH 45056
Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.
Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati at The Barn (Mariemont) at 6980 Cambridge Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.
Fort Wright Civic Club at 115 Kennedy Rd., Covington, KY 41011
Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.
Sunset Players at the Arts Center at Dunham (Price Hill) at 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.
Cheviot Cultural Development Collaborative – Elks Lodge #5 at 3621 Glenmore Ave # 2, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m.
Lebanon Theatre Company at 10 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon, OH 45036
Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
Artsconnect at The Grove (Springfield Township) at 9150 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231
Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m.
Artsville at 5021 Whetsel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
Blue Ash Recreation Center at 4433 Cooper Rd., Blue Ash, OH 45242
Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.
Prospect House at 682 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205
The Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern company performs the show, which takes place in France in the 1640s during the Thirty Years War. Cyrano believes having a “Mount Everest of a nose” means he’ll never have his love returned by the beautiful Roxane, and so he hides his feelings for her. A handsome soldier named Christian also has feelings for Roxane but battles insecurities about his cleverness. Cyrano selflessly chooses to help Christian woo Roxane with Cyrano’s own clever words, in an effort to ensure Roxane’s happiness.
Rasmussen says that while the full-length version of this play is traditionally told on “a grand scale,” this adaptation simplifies the story into a production that’s a perfect fit for an Off the Hill show.
“Through this condensed version, we can focus on the relationships between Cyrano, Roxane and Christian as they each yearn to be loved. In this way, the story is about so much more than just inner beauty versus outer beauty,” says Rasmussen.
Playhouse Directing Fellow Katie Baskerville, who is directing the production, says she is most interested in exploring the characters more fully by examining their primary flaws: