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Category Archives: Stage Insights Reviews

“Supertrue” at the Know Theatre: Dreams Unravel, but Love Remains

Review by Liz Eichler of SuperTrue: Know Theatre Know Theatre once again proves it is the playground for theatre in Cincinnati, producing the new work SuperTrue by Karen Hartman. It is both a loving paean and a mournful dirge of getting older and not achieving your goals. It is uneven, but has moments of such […]

Carnegie’s “Wonka” Satisfies with Sweet Nostalgia

Review by Hannah Gregory of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Carnegie Theatre Even before the show starts, there is a sense that Willy Wonka aims to satisfy your taste buds while simultaneously claiming your heart. The bar includes sweet treats, a themed drink, and a candy raffle from Bellevue staple Witt’s End Candy Emporium––a […]

Carnegie’s “Willy Wonka” is Pure Imagination

Review by Jack Crumley of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka: The Carnegie The annual family-friendly show at the Carnegie in Covington has begun, and this season’s production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a sweet treat for kids of all ages. This production is an adaptation of both the original book and the 1971 movie starring […]

WAITRESS is a Warm Slice of Sugary Goodness

Review by Liz Eichler of WAITRESS: Cincinnati Broadway Series In this January weather, go see WAITRESS, the musical now playing at the Aronoff, through January 21, not because it provides hummable tunes stuck in your head, but it provides memorable warmth stuck in your heart. WAITRESS is the story of Jenna, a woman who’s had […]

Troubled Relationship Pie: A Review of the Broadway Series’s Production of “Waitress”

Review by Alan Jozwiak of Waitress: Cincinnati Broadway Series Troubled Relationships are the stock-in-trade for Broadway shows and Waitress, the latest production presented by Fifth-Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati Presented by Tri-Health, has plenty of troubled relationships. Jenna (Desi Oakley) is a waitress at Joe’s Pie Diner and is a master at making pies that […]

Broadway Series’ “Waitress”, Initially Served Luke-warm, Comes Back Piping Hot

Review by Dr. Sheldon Polonsky of Waitress: Broadway in Cincinnati I confess that at intermission I was feeling on the fence about the Aronoff’s latest Broadway touring production, Waitress. The story, based on the 2007 independent movie of the same name, is charming enough: Jenna (Desi Oakley) is a small town waitress at a southern […]

Finding “Neverwhere” in the Latest Know Theatre Production

Review by Alan Jozwiak of Neverwhere: Know Theatre The holiday season is a time when Cincinnati theatres tend to produce short holiday plays that act as light theatrical bon-bons. Not so with Know Theatre. In a bold move, Know Theatre is producing Neverwhere, a sprawling epic stage adaptation of the Neil Gaiman BBC television mini-series […]

Covedale’s “Annie” is a Great Present for Christmas

Review by Doug Iden of Annie: Covedale Theatre The perennial holiday favorite Annie opened triumphantly at the Covedale Theatre as part of the Cincinnati Landmark Productions Marquee Season.  This unabashedly optimistic and up-lifting musical (some might say corny) tells the story of an eleven year old girl stuck in a prison-like orphanage while desperately trying […]