The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has opened a highly dramatic remake of the classic John Steinbeck tale “Of Mice and Men” This production will run from October 18 to November 10, 2013. Theatre lovers will get their monies worth in attending this production. All the characters are richly developed each of the them has hopes, unfulfilled dreams, despair, fears and loneliness. Life was cold and heartless during the depression especially for migrant workers going from one farm or ranch to another just trying to survive.
This story is centers around two migrants George and Lennie. They were friends that have known each other growing up, now they travel from one job to another. George is practical, intelligent and always finding a way to survive no matter how tough times are. He cares about Lennie and is loyal to him always protecting and guiding him and keeping him out of trouble. Lennie is more innocent, simple minded, doesn’t understand the cruelty and ways of the world. Lennie, is always finding trouble and George is always finding a way out of it for Lennie. Together they have dreams of owning their own ranch and living off the fat of the land. They arrive at new job seeking only to work at that place long enough to raise money to make the dream come true. However, trouble soon follows them as the Boss’s son Curly develops a dislike for Lennie. Curly’s new wife also complicates life for these two men.
All the actors and actresses are superb however I wish to highlight the roles of George and Lennie in this show:
Jeremy Dublin in the role of George brings to life the despair of the character. He showing George’s hopes and dreams for falling away, and becoming unreachable. He also shows how far someone can drift from who he once was. The performance by him is brilliant and riveting.
Jim Hopkins in the role of Lennie brings out the character’s amazement for the simple things, enthusiasm, and innocence to life. The character just glows with child like understanding. Great job.
Showtimes to see “Of Mice and Men are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. Ticket prices on Thursday and Sunday are $31 Adults, $27 Seniors, and $22 Students.
Ticket prices on Friday and Saturday are $35 Adults, $31 Seniors, and $26 Students.
More information on “Of Mice and Men” can be obtained online at: www.cincyshakes.com or by calling them at #513-381-2273. This is an entertaining show that will entice you into exploring more in the way of live theatre.