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“The Man-Beast” at the Know Theatre: The Beastman Always Rings Twice

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of The Man-Beast: Know Theatre 18th century France. The terrible “Beast of Gevaudan”, a suspected werewolf, is ravaging the countryside killing victims. King Louis has offered 300 livre for its destruction. An outcast woodsman goes on the hunt and and almost brings him down before being mauled in the arm and […]

Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “1984” Will Leave You Wide-eyed!

Review by Willie Caldwell of 1984: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company The second production of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 25thanniversary season is a shocker in more ways than one. Written by George Orwell and adapted to stage by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan, 1984 tells the story of a dystopian future where, “war is peace, freedom is slavery, and […]

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Goes Back to the Future with “1984”

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of 1984: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has departed from its Elizabethan roots frequently throughout the years, although perhaps never so markedly as this season, when it started with a Sondheim musical and now goes out on what may be its farthest limb ever with the regional premiere of […]

Incline’s “Next To Normal” is Complex, Emotional

Review by Doug Iden of Next to Normal: Incline Theatre Next to Normal is the hopeful but ironic title of the opening musical for the District Series at the Warsaw Federal incline Theater.  It is the powerful story of a family torn apart by a wife and mother suffering from mental illness.  It is also the […]

Incline’s “Next to Normal” Poignantly Depicts the Impact of Mental Illness

Review by Laurel Humes of Next to Normal: Incline Theatre Warsaw Federal Incline Theater has staged a powerful production of Next to Normal, the prize-winning rock musical about a family afflicted by mental illness. It is the mother, Diana, who is struggling with bipolar disorder. But her husband, Dan, and teenage children, Natalie and Gabe, […]

Falcon’s “Yankee Tavern” Gives You Performances You Can Believe In

Review By Laurel Humes of Yankee Tavern: Falcon Theatre Conspiracy theories. Laughable or true? Trivial or deadly? Yankee Tavern, now at Falcon Theatre, takes on many of those theories. You will find yourself both laughing and wondering during the course of this well-staged production of Steven Dietz’ play. It’s 2006 in New York City, just […]

NKU Theatre Makes a Big Splash with “Big Fish”

Review by Spenser Smith of Big Fish: NKU Theatre Northern Kentucky University opens its current season with the John August/Andrew Lippa musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton. The show selection seems an interesting choice, since the focal point of the story is a father/son relationship that […]

Question Everything–Except the Great Performances in Falcon’s “Yankee Tavern”

Review by Jack Crumley of Yankee Tavern: Falcon Theatre I’ll start with a confession: I’ve always been kind of suspicious about the New England Patriots winning the first Super Bowl right after 9/11. It just seemed a little too convenient. Trite. That’s mild in the grand scheme of the conspiracy theories that are laid out […]