Top 5 Stage Shows This Week: March 12-18

1. Time Stands Still
The Tony Award-nominated play Time Stands Still, by Donald Margulies, makes its regional premiere at Ensemble Theatre. The drama explores the relationship between a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent as they live their mostly quiet, post-Iraq war lives in Brooklyn. March 14-April at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, www.cincyetc.com

2. Rite of Spring
The suggestive ballet and innovative, dissonant symphony famously started a riot at its 1913 Paris premiere. Cincinnati Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland reimagines Stravinsky’s iconic score. March 16–17 at Aronoff Center for the Arts, www.cballet.org

3. James and the Giant Peach
The creative kiddos at SCPA take the theatrical adaptation of James and the Giant Peach, about a boy who traverses the globe with anthropomorphic insects in a larger-than-life piece of fruit. March 15–18 at School for Creative & Performing Arts, (513) 363-8000

4. Merrily We Roll Along
The pros at Playhouse in the Park take on the much-anticipated revival of Merrily We Roll Along, one of Company composer and director Steven Sondheim’s most beloved projects. March 3–31 at Playhouse in the Park, www.cincyplay.com

5. Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austin fanboys and girls won’t want to miss Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s take on Sense and Sensibility, newly adapted by Jon Jory. Thru March 18 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, www.cincyshakes.com

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