Local Theaters Announce Coming Seasons

Plus: A Roundup of Theater Subscription Options
Caitlin McWethy as Roxane and Jeremy Dubin as Cyrano in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s upcoming 2015 production of Cyrano de Bergerac Based on the translation written by Anthony Burgess of the play written by Edmond  Rostand, September 11- October 3, 2015.
Caitlin McWethy as Roxane and Jeremy Dubin as Cyrano in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s upcoming 2015 production of Cyrano de Bergerac, based on the translation written by Anthony Burgess of the play written by Edmond Rostand. September 11–October 3, 2015.

Photograph by Mikki Schaffner Photography

Expecting a tax refund this year? Here’s an investment tip: A bunch of local theaters have just announced their coming seasons, so you could use the IRS windfall to buy theater subscriptions for 2014-2015.

Here’s the thing about subscribing to live theater: It’s cheaper than purchasing individual seats, and you’ll have months to make pre-show dinner reservations and hire a sitter, thereby ensuring that date night will be much less stressful when it finally rolls around. Plus, when showtime comes your spouse can’t beg off by claiming that a cultural outing isn’t in the budget: You’ve already paid for the tickets! Thank you, Uncle Sam.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company offers the simplest of all subscriptions: For $233 you get a packet of seven “flexible” tickets to redeem for any show, in any combination. Show up for each of the seven productions alone, or take six of your Jane Austin-loving friends to see Emma, or whatever works for you. This year the season kicks off with Cyrano de Bergerac in September, with crowd-pleaser Jeremy Dubin as the man with the big honker.

The way to save money at Cincinnati Playhouse is to subscribe to preview performances; that way, you’ll be able to nail down seats for the five-show Marx or Shelterhouse series for under $300. Remember that having a subscription ensures you’ll get to see shows that are sell-outs, and odds are the Playhouse will have a couple in the coming season. You can pretty well bet that Theresa Rebeck’s hysterical Bad Dates will be a hot ticket; the playwright’s a local favorite. Ditto the Marx productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing. The later was created by the same team that did Fly, a huge hit here a couple seasons ago. And the former will attract a gazillion high school students desperate to complete their book reports.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati—which has a very loyal fan base—has not announced its season yet. But the box office will be happy to take your money and sell you a subscription right now. That’s trust.

Finally, the College Conservatory of Music has announced its mainstage season, and it sounds fantastic. On the lineup, among other productions, are Green Day’s in-your-face indie-rock musical American Idiot and Franz Lehar’s bubbly 19th century operetta The Merry Widow. Gotta love that combo. CCM’s popular mainstage productions have a way of selling out fast—a good reason to subscribe. But, infuriatingly, subs don’t go on sale until some as-yet-undisclosed date in the summer. Sign up for the department’s newsletter and, fingers crossed, they’ll let you know when. You may have to bank that IRS check after all.

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