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Strong Performances Keep Falcon Theatre’s “Streetcar” On Track

Review by Laurel Humes of Streetcar Named Desire: Falcon Theatre Tara Williams’ tour de force as Blanche is the highlight of Falcon Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The other actors are strong, especially Ellie Margolis as sister Stella. But Blanche is the play’s most complex character, and Williams takes every advantage of that. The basic […]

“Kill Move Paradise”: The Clouds Part, and then the Pain Comes

Review by Liz Eichler of “Kill Move Paradise”: Know Theatre The language of Kevin Ijames’ powerful avant garde “Kill Move Paradise,” playing now through March 24 at Know Theatre, is multi-layered with poetry, songs, cries, and questions. As those layers move and shift like the clouds, then comes light, understanding, rain, anger, pain, and empathy […]

CSC’s Contemporary “Othello” is as Relevant as Ever

Review by Doug Iden of Othello: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Shakespeare returned to the Shakespeare Theater with a brilliant but somewhat jarring rendition of the classic tragedy Othello.  After three straight non-Shakespearean plays, it was refreshing to revisit the Bard. Placed in a contemporary world, Othello, played by visiting actor William Oliver Watkins, tumbles from a […]

New Edgecliff Theatre’s Thought-provoking “Venus in Fur” Titillates and Tantalizes

Review by Hannah Gregory of Venus in Fur: New Edgecliff Theatre New Edgecliff sets its production of Venus in Fur in the intimate Hoffner Lodge on Northside’s Hamilton Avenue. An electrically charged cerebral piece by David Ives, the play is served well by this space: a large room with a stairway leading to a church-like […]

Four Characters in Search of an Exit: A Review of Know Theatre’s “Kill Move Paradise”

Review by Alan Jozwiak of Kill Move Paradise: Know Theatre There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. . . and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This opening narration […]

Covedale’s “Guys and Dolls” is a Sure Bet

Review by Doug Iden of Guys and Dolls: Covedale Theatre Gamblers, pickpockets and assorted goons invade Broadway as one of musical comedy’s classic hits, Guys and Dolls, opened at the Covedale Theater.  Based upon his short stories, Damon Runyan’s beloved lowlifes infuse the theater with outrageous, idiosyncratic characters who spend their lives chasing the elusive […]

Stick It To The Man: A Review of the Broadway in Cincinnati’s Production of “School of Rock”

Review by Alan Jozwiak of School of Rock: Broadway in Cincinnati Don’t just sit and take it, Stick it to the man. Rant and rave and scream and shout. Get all of your aggression out. They try to stop you, let ‘em know exactly where they all can go. And do it just as loudly […]

CCM’s “Jesus Christ, Superstar” Shows Off Superstar Cast

Review by Laurel Humes of Jesus Christ Superstar: CCM Musical Theatre From stunning dramatic images to outright comedy, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has staged a terrific production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In many ways, it may be more difficult to revive a 47-year-old show than produce something new. The rock opera by […]