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“Annie Jr.” Shines as Bright as the Chrysler Building at the Taft Theater

 Review by Mary Kate Groh of “Annie, Jr”: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati celebrates 100 years with the beloved classic, “Annie Jr.” Written by Thomas Meehan, “Annie Jr.” is the shortened version of the popular Broadway musical, the story of a bright and optimistic orphan girl who gets the opportunity of a […]

GLORIA: A LIFE–The Story of an Ohio Native’s Feminist Awakening at Human Race Theatre

Review by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich of GLORIA: A LIFE: Human Race Theatre Perhaps you know Gloria Steinem for her expose on Playboy Bunny, or for founding Ms. Magazine, or for her articles and books; but you haven’t met the Toledo native like you will at Human Race Theatre’s GLORIA: A LIFE, by Emily Mann playing at the Loft […]

Know’s “Alabaster” is Simply Powerful

Review by Liz Eichler of “Alabaster”: Know Theater “Maggie Lou Rader’s performance is spectacular for her vulnerability, her range, her power, and damn, she’s just amazing” “Alabaster” is a superbly presented production of some very difficult issues. It exalts the strength of women who have lived through trauma and shows the fragility of life. It […]

“Alabaster” shines in World Premiere at Know Theatre

Review by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich of “Alabaster”: Know Theatre A goat walks across stage and she is “aware that she is a goat,” but “Alabaster”, by Audrey Cefaly at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, is not just a play about goats. Part of the rolling world premiere from the National New Play Network, this production […]

CSC’s “Pride and Prejudice”: Jane Austen Unleashed

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of “Pride and Prejudice”: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company A first glance at the rather austere drawing room set while sitting down to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company‘s production of “Pride and Prejudice” might lead you to believe that you were in for yet another strait-laced version of the Jane Austen classic most of […]

Human Race’s “Gloria: A Life” is a Story Well Told

Review by Raechel Lombardo of “Gloria: A Life”: Human Race Theatre There’s only so much one can cover in a little over an hour about a pivotal women’s movement throughout the latter half of the 20th century.  But I must say, The Human Race Theatre Company’s “Gloria:  A Life” by Emily Mann sure does give a solid crash […]

NKU’s “HMS Pinafore” Proves a Jolly Good Time

Review by Nathan Top of “HMS Pinafore”: NKU theatre A jovial sitcom of an operetta from 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” tells the story of two romantic couples aboard the titular ship. While clearly attracted to one another, pride and rank prevents the twosomes from confessing their feelings for one another, much less to […]

“H.M.S. Pinafore” Sails in NKU’s Corbett Theatre

Review by Kevin Reynolds of “H.M.S. Pinafore”: NKU Theatre The works of Gilbert & Sullivan are full of tuneful songs, quick wit, and some societal messages couched amongst the fun. The production of “H.M.S.Pinafore” by Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts captures all the best of this operetta with strong performances, an eye-catching set, […]