Top 5 Shows This Week: Sept 17-23

Cincinnati has a critical mass of great shows this week, ranging from the trials of a “Southie” single mom to a Grammy-winning soprano.

1. Good People
When South Boston single mom Margie loses her cashier job, she seeks help from a former boyfriend who’s managed to escape the neighborhood. From Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People is a frank and funny depiction of personal responsibility, bad luck, and life at both ends of the middle class. Sept 8–23 at Ensemble Theatre, ensemblecincinnati.org

2. The Three Musketeers
This kid-friendly adaptation of the famous novel by Alexander Dumas will bring the Playhouse’s Marx Theatre to life. Because you can never get enough sword fights. Thru Sept 29 at Playhouse in the Park, cincyplay.com

3. To Kill a Mockingbird
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes a break from their usual Bard’s tales to stage an adaptation of novelist Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about justice, integrity, family, and innocence. Sept 7­–30 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, cincyshakes.com

4. Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard has conquered both the stage and screen: The Irish singer-songwriter plays music from his folk-rock bands—The Frames and The Swell Season—as well as from his Academy Award–winning film, Once. Sept 22 at The Taft Theatre, tafttheatre.org

5. Renée Fleming
Three-time Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming makes her local debut in a one-night-only appearance with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, performing a broad selection of operatic and pop music favorites. Sept 18 at Music Hall, cincinnatisymphony.org/Home.php

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