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NKU’s YES Festival Opens With The Short But Dramatic Life Of James Dean

Review by Kevin Reynolds of “Fast Young Beautiful”: NKU Theatre Northern Kentucky University kicked off its 19th Biennial YES Festival on Wednesday evening with a production of Ethan Warren’s latest, “Fast Young Beautiful.” The YES (Year End Series) Festival spotlights new plays and new playwrights and exposes their work to NKU students and theatre lovers. […]

Jitterbugs “Swing!” on the Carnegie Stage

Review by Jack Crumley of “Swing!”: The Carnegie The Carnegie is pulling out all the stops for its final show of the 2018-2019 season with a  production of “Swing!”, a musical that ran on Broadway from late 1999 to early 2001. It’s more of a revue, showcasing the popular music and dance style that came […]

Get In the “Swing!” Mood at the Carnegie

Review by Laurel Humes of “Swing!”: Carnegie Theatre The Carnegie has “Swing!” – an exuberant, nostalgic, song-and-dance show that revisits the swing era of jazz in the 1930s and ‘40s. The show, with no spoken dialogue, consists of 24 songs performed by a talented cast of 10 singers and dancers. It is briskly directed by […]

Falcon’s “The Lion in Winter”: In Every Life, a Little Reign Must Fall

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of “The Lion in Winter”: Falcon Theatre Falcon brings its own “Game of Thrones” a little early to Northern Kentucky with a sparkling production of “The Lion in Winter”, James Goldman’s renowned play (and later a classic movie starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn) about Henry II and his wife Eleanor […]

Moral Outrage is Sexy Fun at “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”

Review by Jack Crumley of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas: Warsaw Federal Incline Theater Spring is upon us in Cincinnati, and that means romance is in the air– though at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, it’s less about true love and more about a quick lay. 1978’s The Best Little Whorehouse In Texashas started its production run there […]

Falcon’s “Lion in Winter” Proves the Timelessness of Family Dysfunction

Review by Laurel Humes of “The Lion in Winter”: Falcon Theatre “The Lion in Winter,” now on stage at Falcon Theatre, is surprisingly hilarious, despite this royal family’s savage catfights, death threats and sheer animosity toward one another. The time is 1183. The King is Henry II. The Queen is Eleanor of Aquitaine, except she’s been imprisoned […]

Incline’s “Best Little Whorehouse’s” Guilty Pleasures Are Mostly Innocent

Review by Doug Iden of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: Incline Theatre In rural, central Texas in the 1970’s, anything goes – as long as the locals can enjoy it but pretend it isn’t there.  Consequently, set amidst a conservative Bible Belt community, sits a “house of ill repute”, euphemistically called the Chicken Ranch because […]

I Dare You To Stay In Your Seat During “On Your Feet!”

Review by Spenser Smith of On Your Feet: Broadway in Cincinnati I challenge you to stay in your seat during the energetic, yet poignant production based on the lives and music of the 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife team of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, now onstage at the Aronoff Center. The musical has a book written […]