“Betrayal” Is The Word At Falcon Theatre

Without a doubt, Aaron Whitehead as Robert is the highlight of this production. His dialect is spot on, his emotional range is solid, and scenes with him are automatically filled with more energy. Mr. Whitehead is obviously an astute actor and very watchable. ...

Comic Lore and Indie Rock Score: “Lizard Boy” at Know Theatre

wonderful things to a beautiful blend of harmonies performed by the entire cast.  While you don't have to be a comic book fan to appreciate this musical, it certainly doesn’t hurt. However, if you’re a fan of good "theydies" and bad "gentlethems" and man-sels in distress, Lizard Boy is fun,...

“Deadline” Entertains at Human Race Theatre

"Deadline" is definitely a good time with its mystery, farcical humor, and stage action. There are twists and turns as well as the expected bits. This play does exactly what it should: it entertains. ...

Life Can Be “A Dream” at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater

“A Dream Play“ has a strong, talented cast of performers who clearly work hard to be a true ensemble. This is a wordy and surprisingly physical show with a steady pace and seamless transitions. While is it obvious many moving parts go into creating this ambience, the execution appears...

“Sister Act” Shakes it at Covedale

Sister Act is 2 hours and 15 minutes long with a 15 minute intermission.  The first half goes by so fast, you are surprised that it is already intermission.  You'll be drawn in....

CCM’s “Something Rotten” is Hilarious to the Core

Director and choreographer Diane Lala milks every ounce of humor out of the zesty book and score, leaning into the over-the-topness the show requires. The dance numbers are raucous and joyful, with several memorable tap dancing numbers throughout the show. ...

Sisters “Act Up” at Covedale Theatre

This is a tale of life changing experiences fashioned by the friendship, love and the redemption of everyone...This show is fun, exuberant and entertaining with excellent singing dancing and acting. ...

“She Loves Me” Sings at CCM

By Alan Jozwiak  Great singing dominates “She Loves Me,” the latest offering of University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Musical Theater program, which is a 1960’s musical adaptation of the Miklos Laszlo play about love in a Hungarian parfumerie.  “She Loves Me” sings the story of Amalia Balash...

CCM Brings Greek Comedy and Tragedy Alive

Students’ production skills are highlighted during intermission, as the audience is invited to watch the transition from the bright and colorful Lysistrata set to war-torn destruction. A thunderous crack breaks the floor allowing the release of smoke and fog, adding to the feel of the smoldering and immediate Fall...

‘Lysistrata’ and ‘The Trojan Women’ at CCM: Two views of war

By Kathleen Lamorelle, LCT Lysistrata and The Trojan Women, adapted by Ellen Mclaughlin and directed by Brant Russell is now playing at University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. The evening melds a satirical comedic with a contemplative tragedy under an umbrella of common themes: sex and gender, war...

Miami’s “These Shining Lives” Glows

Review by Liz Eichler Audiences may be surprised by a number of things in These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, playing now through October 2 at Miami University Theatre.  For the college students, it may be the language of the late 1920’s and 30’s and the slang sprinkled throughout...

It’s a long but meaningful “journey” at Know

Review by Liz Eichler Do you have people you can trust? I mean, trust trust. How about a group who you can share your deepest insecurities?  “It’s not a trip it’s a journey” is about four people who share and deepen friendships, though each has a rather major flaw...

No Shrinking “Violet” at NKU

This passion-filled musical is a testament to overcoming our fears–whether imposed by society or ourselves, and that we will truly be able to live our best lives when we let go of the past. ...

Review of “My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra”

Review by Kathleen Lamorelle What a trip down Memory Lane! Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ presentation of My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra, created by David Grapes and Todd Olson and arranged by Vince di Mura, is a chance to revisit the life and music of the...

Cincy Shakes Opens Season with Compelling “King Lear”

Jim Hopkins as Lear commands the stage.  He is physically a big man with a shock of white hair but it is his bluster, ranting, raving, and railing that dominates the space. Hopkins, essentially, plays multiple characters ranging from the narcissistic egomaniac at the start to the doddering fool...

Maggie Lou Rader Soars in Human Race’s “Grounded”

This story, told by a masterful actress, is definitely worth seeing by military personnel or civilians alike,  if you have or have never thought about who flies a drone to deliver the Hellfire missiles, or if it is something that haunts you. ...

HAMILTON at Aronoff Provides Extra Bits of Magic

HAMILTON is undoubtedly a masterpiece. The fast paced score sweeps you away and the energy is undeniable. If you have seen it live, if you have seen it on TV, or even if you’ve never heard of it, you need to get into the room where it happens....

HAMILTON Storms the Stage at the Aronoff

This is Burr’s show this time. Understudy Bryson Bruce delivers powerfully from the first moment to the end. His electric current is transmitted into the audience and by “Rise Up” you know you’re seeing a star. ...

You’re Invited to the LCT Annual Meeting!

Mark your calendars for the LCT Annual Meeting on Monday September 12 from 6 to 7 pm, open to current organizational representatives and (for the first time) those interested in individual membership. The LCT Annual Meeting is for organizational representatives, individual artists, and Cincinnati theatre supporters. “We will be...

Revue: Jerry Herman’s Music at the Incline

Review by Doug Iden Featuring “hummable” tunes and witty, conversational lyrics, the music of Broadway composer/lyricist Jerry Herman is highlighted in Jerry’s Girls playing now at the Incline Theater.  The Golden Age of Broadway melded veterans such as Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin with a crop of...

Kate’s Fringe ’22 Reviews: Silver Hammer, Wuthering, and Texas Annie

By Kate Mock Elliot, Guest Reviewer – Silver Hammer a SPECIAL EVENT SHOW by Nick Ryan This is a debut solo performance from Nick Ryan, who many audiences may know from past Cincinnati Fringe appearances as part of The Coldhearts. Silver Hammer continues the Coldheart tradition of dark, eerie stories as...

FRINGE 2022 – DAY 4

By Liz Eichler – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these Fringers from the completion of their appointed rounds.” Fringe is rain or shine, Cincinnati! The Outdoor Stage moved indoors last night, but the rain did not detract from the shenanigans of loyal Fringers.  ...

FRINGE ‘22 DAY 2: 

By Liz Eichler – Saturday was a great day to Fringe and Sunday also proved exciting.  The weekend featured great performances, super creativity, and live connections with theatre makers and supporters. There is such love and respect in these audiences, y’all. Cincinnati Fringe Festival runs through June 18 and...

FRINGE ’22 DAY 1: June 4

By Liz Eichler – Woohoo! Fringe is back! This two-week Festival of creativity, storytelling and connection of various Cincinnati arts communities has returned–LIVE! The one thing you can guarantee at the Fringe, is that you will be moved in some way.  Moved by witnessing creativity, by witnessing risk taking,...

LCT is Changing to Serve You Better!

As Cincinnati grows, the arts community is growing! LCT is evolving to include individual artists, creators, and supporters (as well as our beloved theatre institutions).  But the question is–what does the community want? More classes? A directory? Fellowship? Please take this SURVEY to tell us about yourself and what...

Proud and Defiant: Incline’s “Newsies” Soars

Review by David Brush – Disney’s 1992 film Newsies was not an initial hit. Who knows why? Legions of fans felt its true life was always on the stage. Twenty years later, after some re-working with a truly remarkable new book by Harvey Fierstein, Disney’s Newsies found its life...

A.J. Baldwin’s “The Twunny Fo'” is a Must See at Know

Baldwin writes a powerful and deeply moving script challenging the consciousness of America. By juxtaposing Tyra’s goals of wanting more out of life with Rissa wanting to stay in their neighborhood, Baldwin expertly explores themes of classism, internalized anti-Blackness, gentrification, and the struggle of being a Black woman in...

CSC’s  “Comedy of Errors” Hits the Jackpot 

Review by Liz Eichler Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Comedy of Errors is a non-stop flight to classic Vegas where you’ll enjoy almost non-stop belly laughs as this hilarious mashup hits the jackpot.  Comedy of Errors is a story about two sets of twins, masters and their servants, separated as infants,...

A Fabulous “On the Town” now at Covedale Theatre

Review by Doug Iden Cincinnati’s Covedale Theater is challenging itself in its final season production with a riotous, dance-filled homage to New York City.  Based upon the ballet Fancy Free originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins of West Side Story fame, On the Town follows three sailors on a 24-hour...

Rising Out of the Ashes–CCM Transmigration 2022

Each year, the entire CCM Acting community would break up into six teams with each team creating a new thirty-minute play based on any topic of their choosing. The result marries the make-shift mentality of Fringe Festivals to the aesthetic of a mad theatre scientist experimenting with primal forces.  ...

A roasting and a rousing good time at The Thanksgiving Play

High school theatre teacher Logan wins a grant to create the annual Thanksgiving play. She and her boyfriend and fellow actor Jaxton struggle to devise a politically correct Thanksgiving play for the school’s juvenile audience. They’re joined by history teacher, Caden, who dreams of being a playwright, and LA-based...

Cincinnati Shakespeare: Hamlet With a Twist

Review by Sherri Wellington Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s newest rendition of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” makes the viewer look at the play in a new and different way. Hamlet is a woman. Thus, all of Hamlet’s relationships are immediately under scrutiny.  How does Hamlet, as a woman, change the story?  Brian...

Madcap Puppet Theatre will Engage Young Kids (and You!)

Upon listening to the squeals, comments, giggles and gasps, clearly Dylan Shelton consistently reaches his audience in a simply poignant manner.  The audience is there to be entertained and he is doing so with a wide array of puppets, voices and stories.  By the looks on the adults' faces...

Covedale’s “Elf the Musical:” Fast, Festive, and Family-Friendly

One of the true heroes of the show is choreographer Cassidy Steele, whose dance numbers add so much life to an already waggish score. One of my favorite moments of the show was the hilarious act two number “Nobody Cares About Santa,” the Fosse’esque  choreography reminding of “Sweet Charity”...

“Glassheart” at Know is Magical

Glassheart, at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, reexamines what it means to find true love, the sacrifices we make for those who we care about the most and the longing to feel human. Directed by Tamara Winters, this deeply moving comedy is set within the walls of a small Chicago...

“The End of the World” is a Short, Rich Drama: Miami U. Fringe

By Shawn Maus I love live theatre. I’m torn with this new world we’re in that produces theatre on YouTube or other streaming services. I know that the movie megaplexes are showing Metropolitan Opera shows and other Broadway shows on the big screens. I applaud the theatre world for...

NKU’s “Edwin Drood” Engaging and Energetic

Director Jason Danieley...has created a humorous, fanciful dessert of good songs, good singing and dancing and a different audience experience. This is not your grandmother’s musical but you will be glad you saw it....

“Once” Strikes a Chord at CCM

While the vocals are gorgeous, one of the most unique features of the show is the lack of a large pit offstage. Instead, the actors accompany themselves on instruments including guitar, cello, piano, ukulele, melodica, and percussion. When not part of the primary scene, the actors float along the...

A.L.T.’s “Higher” has a Legacy

"Higher" is an original rock musical centered around the opioid crisis and one man’s...journey to recovery. It’s at times humorous,...dramatic, grim, and uplifting. But mostly it is a show unlike any you’ve ever seen. It’s ambitious, compelling, and thought-provoking....

Xanadu Glides Onto CCM Stage

The musical is, frankly, a lot:  a lot of look, a lot of synth, a lot of  meta jokes about artists, gentrification, and 40-year-old gays who attend children’s theater. The show never takes itself seriously and for 90 intermission-less minutes, the audience is transported to a world where physics,...

An “Our Town” for Our Time

"Eli Lucas as George Gibbs and Julianna Weis-Palacios as Emily Webb are strong...Their version of a balcony scene (played with facing ladders) is touching and their "date" at the ice-cream parlor is both well-acted and just fun to watch."...

Covedale’s “Odd Couple” is worth it

Director Greg Procaccino creates a sense of urgency throughout the opening scene, where Oscar and his poker buddies are a delight with their banter and specific personality quirks. ...