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“Noises Off” at CSC: Doors and Sardines Will Never Get So Many Laughs

Review By Liz Eichler of “Noises Off”: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Audiences jumped to their feet in enthusiastic applause for “Noises Off,” playing now through June 9 at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.  They laughed, guffawed, chuckled, chortled, loud and long and clear–and you will too–with the hysterical premise and great performances of the CSC ensemble in this […]

Without Water, Compass, or Food: Getting Lost in “A Great Wilderness” by Falcon Theatre

Review by Alan Jozwiak of A Great Wilderness: Falcon Theatre A Gay conversion camp. This is the least likely place to set a play, but it’s the setting for Falcon Theatre’s latest production, Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness.  Known for such plays as The Whale and A Bright New Boise, Hunter’s plays explore the […]

Falcon’s “A Great Wilderness” is Topical and Provocative

Review by Laurel Humes: A Great Wilderness: Falcon Theatre Falcon Theatre closes its season with a drama about a hot-button topic – conversion therapy, or trying to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Whoa. But before you stop reading, know that A Great Wilderness has no for/against opponents shouting at each other, […]

Incline’s “Bye Bye Birdie” Soars

Review by Laurel Humes of Bye Bye Birdie: Incline Theatre Bye Bye Birdie is just plain fun, the perfect opener for the easy-going summer season at Warsaw Federal Incline Theater. The musical now is nearly 60 years old, inspired by Elvis Presley, his fanatical teenage fans, and the period when the famous singer was drafted […]

Incline’s “Bye Bye Birdie” Brings Happy Faces All Around

Review by Doug Iden of Bye Bye Birdie: Incline Theatre Elvis is in the building – sort of.  The 1960’s spoof on Elvis Presley’s military service, Bye, Bye Birdie, opened at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater amid energetic music and gyrating bodies, straight out of that era. When the play was originally shown, the producers […]

Clifton Players presents British-Style Romp in Northside

Review by Liz Eichler of “Champagne Gods”: Clifton Players Clifton Performance Theatre is in Northside now, at the Liberty Exhibition Hall, presenting “Champagne Gods” by Emily Dendinger, emulating the style of a British ‘40’s comedy. The Clifton brand is evident with the intimate performance space, the familiar faces in the cast, and the welcoming from […]

Miami University’s Captivating, Fun “Tartuffe” Still Strikes a Strong Note

Review by Shawn Maus of Tartuffe: Miami University Theatre Moliere may have written Tartuffe over 300 years ago, but it’s a lot of fun for today’s audience, especially with this captivating, delicious comedic production at Miami University.  It feels fresh and poignant as ever. Lewis Magruder directs this fine ensemble of actors through the twisting […]

Carnegie’s “Motherhood Out Loud” is a Candid Look at Being a Parent

Review by Hannah Gregory of Motherhood Out Loud: Carnegie Theatre The Carnegie’s Motherhood Out Loud must have been meticulously planned as a pre-Mother’s Day treat. With spring finally settling in, this show about the givers of life seems appropriate. This medley of stories about motherhood touts the authorships of many female playwrights, including notable names […]