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Brush off Your Disco Shoes for Incline’s “Mamma Mia!”

One of the most popular of the so-called Jukebox Musicals, “Mamma Mia!” roared onto the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.  Featuring songs written by the men of ABBA (Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus), “Mamma Mia!” relates the quest of Sophie Sheridan (Lexi Rigsby) to discover her biological father.  Unbeknownst to her mother Donna (Helen Anneliesa Raymond-Goers) and her fiancé Sky (Jackson […]

TCT’s “Sleeping Beauty” is a Spectacular Production

Review By Liz Eichler of “Sleeping Beauty”: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will be celebrating 100 years of continuous production–the oldest children’s theatre in the country! Audiences have been impressed and entertained by TCT productions for a century and “Sleeping Beauty” is no exception. Their shows feature some of the best regional talent. TCT’s deep and rich outreach […]

Human Race Theatre Company’s “Sylvia” is a Very Good Girl

Review by Liz Eichler of “Sylvia”: Human Race Theatre Spoiler alert! No, I’m not going to give you the end of the play, but I am disclosing that I am a spoiler of my dog. I am a talker, a cajoler, a pick-up-and-carry-down-the-steps-and-put-in-the-grass-to-pee-because-she’s-too-tired dog mom.  I am the Food Lady, not to be confused with the Tall Girl, Walking Man, […]

CCM’s “Association of Controlled Dreamers” Shows the Power of Action

Review by Doug Iden of “The Association of Controlled Dreamers”: CCM Acting What can a group of college students do to counteract a potential law that would jeopardize public education?  In a commissioned play torn from today’s headlines, CCM addresses that question in the premiere of “The Association of Controlled Dreamers” at the Cohen Family Theater. […]

Miami’s “Bat Boy” is Something You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Review by Shawn Maus of “Bat Boy: The Musical”: Miami Theatre What can only be categorized as a Bacchanalian merciless ribbing of today’s hyper-sensitive, quick to judge culture in the world of social “media, Miami University’s “Bat Boy: The Musical” is a laugh-out-loud tour de force.  Even though it was written over 20 years ago, the musical reflects a lot of what’s […]

“Bat Boy” Discovered on Miami Theatre Stage!

Review by Kevin Reynolds of ‘Bat Boy: The Musical”: Miami Theatre It’s not breaking news that there are some unusual or unexpected inspirations for Broadway (or wanna be Broadway) musicals. I give you a Stephen King horror story (“Carrie”), the banning of public toilets (“Urinetown”), even the first Treasurer of the United States (really? You […]

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS PROVES VALUABLE IN “CONTROLLED DREAMERS,” CCM’S CONTEMPORARY TALE OF STUDENT UNITY

Review by Kevin Reynolds of “Association of Controlled Dreamers”: CCM Acting For the past three years, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has hosted a Playwrights’ Workshop where, among other projects, the attendees develop a commissioned play from a guest playwright. The most recent of those plays is “Association of Controlled Dreamers” by one of the staff writers […]

After Know’s “Mercury”, You’ll Never Look At Your Neighbors The Same Way Again!

Review by Spenser Smith of “Mercury”: Know Theatre If I had to describe the Know Theatre‘s “Mercury” in one sentence it would go a little something like this: Meddling desperate housewives, with a little help from a punk rock Sanderson sister, send their enemies to hell to meet Sweeney Todd. I hope you’re intrigued. The […]