Cincinnati's Ensemble Theatre season will feature two travel-minded world premieres: Katherine Christianson's Earhart and the holiday musical, Around the World in 80 Days, as well as the regional premieres of Warren Leight's Side Man, Lee Blessing's Chesapeake and Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan.
The complete 1999-2000 season follows:
€ Side Man, the recollections of a son on his trumpeter father and alcoholic mother as they lived through the rise and fall of jazz, opens the Ensemble's season, Sept. 8-Sept. 26. Leight's drama won this year's best play Tony Award.
€ Earhart, an answer to the question "What happened to Amelia Earhart?" as given by the famous woman pilot herself, runs Oct. 20-Nov. 7.
€ For the holidays, the Ensemble Theatre will present the annual family musical, Dec. 8-Jan. 2, 2000. This year's adaptation of the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, is by Joseph McDonough and David Kisor.
€ The regional premiere of Chesapeake, Lee Blessing one man comedy about a performance artist who takes on a right-wing Southern politician with the help of his dog, will take the stage Jan. 26 Feb. 13, 2000. The play is to have its Off-Broadway premiere with Mark Linn-Baker Sept. 30.
€ Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan, which premiered at New York's Public Theatre in 1998, will have its Ohio debut March 15-April 9. McDonagh is best known for his Beauty Queen of Leenane and 1999's The Lonesome West. Cripple tells of the ruckus in a small Irish town caused by news that documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty will shoot "Man of Aran" there.
€ Private Eyes, Steven Dietz's comedic thriller about a husband snooping into his actress wife's possible affair with her director, runs May 9-21. Dietz is the author of Lonely Planet, God's Country and Rocket Man.
Tickets for all productions are $25. To order, call (513) 421-3555. The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati is located at 1127 Vine Street and on the web at http://www.cincyetc.com.
-- By Christine Ehren