Top 5 Local Productions to See This Month

  1. No one wrote a family drama quite like Tennessee Williams, and his southern gothic masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, arguably exemplifies that better than any of his other works. Watch as a dysfunctional family’s secrets, lies, and complications are revealed while converging on their ailing patriarch and his sizable fortune. APR 6-28, 2018, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., (513) 381-2273,
  2. Celebrate Mother’s Day a month early at The Carnegie’s staging of Motherhood Out Loud. This collaboration from several famous contemporary playwrights explores the role of motherhood from its many angles and occupants— moms, step-mothers, single fathers, etc.— through poignant and truthful tales that display the hilarity, joy, and sadness of being a mother.  Weekends APR 14-29, 2018, The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, (859) 491-2030,
  3. The upbeat, country-fried musical Oklahoma! is the perfect way to celebrate Spring (or get out of the snow, because… Cincinnati). Head to The Covedale to watch the Curly and Laurey’s exciting love story play out against a backdrop of the turn-0f-the-century Wild West. APR 5-29, 2018, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., (513) 241-6550,
  4. Looking for some kid-friendly entertainment? Mary Poppins Jr., staged by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre, is the magical, high-flying tale of everyone’s favorite nanny and her “practically perfect” lessons in life and fun.  Young and old (and everyone in between) will enjoy the heartwarming story of a family coming together, told through the enduringly beloved musical soundtrack. Weekends APR 7-15, 2018, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 5th and Sycamore St., (513) 569-8080,
  5. Lauren Gunderson’s Ada & The Engine follows the life of Ada Lovelace, the oft-ignored writer and mathematician who made valuable contributions aiding the invention of the first mechanical computer. Sometimes known simply for being the daughter of literary playboy Lord Byron, Lovelace was a dedicated scholar who broke barriers for women in math and science. This musical story tells of her vision for a future replete with technology and beauty, following her relationships and dreams along the way.  APR 13, 2018, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 1120 Jackson St., (513) 300-5669,

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