Located in Mt. Adams, the picturesque Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has a long history of presenting high-quality productions, which boast some of the country’s best theater talent (their production of “Company” went to Broadway and won the Best Musical Revival in 2007). The Playhouse’s season is performed on two stages, the 626-seat Marx Theatre and the 225-seat Thompson Shelterhouse.
The Playhouse has better dining options than most theaters. If you make reservations before noon on the day of your show, you can get a delicious meal (salad, entrée, dessert, and coffee/tea) for $25. For theatergoers eating on the run, Karlo’s has reasonably-priced casual fare options like sandwiches, soups, and heartier choices too (just $10 gets you meat and cheese lasagna with a house salad). There is also a Baba Budan’s Coffee and Espresso Bar on the premises, and a just plain old regular bar as well.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Information
- Public Transportation: Fair
- Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
- Performance/Programs: Performance Schedule is Tuesday through Sunday. There are loads of special programs at the Playhouse, including the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series (30-60 minute Saturday family shows priced at just $5-$6), Playhouse Perspectives pre-show lectures, and Friday Happy Hour pre-show mixers.
- Ticket Prices: Single Tickets are $36-56, $30 tickets for teens, $12- 18 Student tickets available, children and senior discounts available, half-price tickets available on day of performance. 2-for-1 deal available with “Entertainment Book” coupon, discounts available for members of Enjoy the Arts, START, and holders of the Golden Buckeye Card, 20% discounts for groups of 15 or more, 15% “mini group” discounts for six to 14 people (with advanced booking)
- Subscriptions: Robert S. Marx Theatre Series- Five shows in the Marx Theatre ($111.50 – $304.), Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre Series – Five shows in the Shelterhouse Theatre ($202 – $318), Combination Series – All 10 shows in the Marx and Shelterhouse theatres ($312.50 – $564.50), Build Your Own Series – Build your own season choosing the four to nine shows from both theatres you’d most like to see ($164 – $490.50), Student Build Your Own Series – $18 per show. Subscription benefits include Playhouse gift certificates for referrals and free ticket exchange.The Playhouse has unique subscription offerings such as the Audio Described and Signed Performances series for disabled patrons, the Educator Series for teachers, the Corner Club Series for the budget-minded (just $125 for all five shows in the Marx), and the Baby Sitter Rebate Series for parents (buy two Marx Theatre subscriptions and you can get a rebate for up to $100 to cover babysitting expenses for the season).