Top 5 Shows to See This Week: Oct 10-16

When the autumn sun goes down, the air goes from crisp to chilly—sounds like a good week to bundle yourself into a theater seat and take in a show.

1. The Wizard of Oz at Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati adapts Frank Baum’s enduring story, complete with the beloved music and lyrics from that unforgettable film. The acclaimed Jack Louiso directs the full-stage productions, and the one-hour show times are perfect for young audiences. Oct 14–16 & 22 at The Taft theatre www.thechildrenstheatre.com/onstage/ 

    2. Macbeth at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company        
    Betrayal, witchcraft, murder, madness—what better time to explore the disturbing story of “the Scottish play” than in the lead-up to Halloween? The intimate black box theatre space at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will put you right in front of the action. Oct 14–Nov 20 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, www.cincyshakes.com/

    3. Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway at the Aronoff
    It’s no wonder, with a century’s-worth of big-time hit shows under its belt, that Broadway has a little something for everybody. And it was only a matter of time before somebody brought those shows together for a revue. Following up on the much-loved 100 Years of Broadway (the show premiered at the Aronoff in 2009) is Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway, which brings back performances from Broadway stars Ron Bohmer, Carter Calvert, Sandra Joseph, and others to pay tribute to America’s musical theater history. Oct 12 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, http://cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1233

    4. Rocky Mountain Express opens at OMNIMAX
    Get an up-close look at the stunning Canadian Rockies in this film about the perilous travels of a restored championship locomotive-2816—otherwise known as “The Empress.” The story of the adventure—projected on the Museum Center’s huge domed screen—is told alongside a history lesson about 19th-century rail travel and how it connected the continent’s two coasts. Oct 14 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, www.cincymuseum.org/explore_our_sites/omnimax/

    5. Ghost-Writer at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
    Don’t miss your chance to see acclaimed playwright Michael Hollinger’s chilling story about untimely death and a ghostly connection—The Ensemble Theatre closes the show’s regional premiere run on the night before Halloween. Through Oct 30 at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, www.cincyetc.com/season/default.asp?p=1&q=2

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