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Category Archives: Stage Insights Reviews

Theatre in Wake of COVID-19: A Review of CCM Acting’s Transmigration 2020

 Review by Alan Jozwiak of “Transmigration”: CCM Acting In a time where social distancing has closed down Broadway and darkened most theaters in Cincinnati, a small ray of theatrical light still shone bright on the boards—CCM Acting’s Transmigration 2020. Billed as “A Festival of Student Created NEW WORKS,” Transmigration consists of six half-hour plays, only four […]

Miami University’s “The Wolves”: Girls, Interrupted

Review by Blair Godshall of “The Wolves” Unfortunately, due to current circumstances regarding COVID-19, all performances of Miami University’s “The Wolves” have been postponed. It’s a shame given how well this production was executed. “The Wolves” follows a team of high school females competing in an indoor soccer league. The season is grueling, and athletes […]

CCM Brings Heart and Soul to “The Secret Garden”

Review by Kevin Reynolds of “The Secret Garden”: CCM Musical Theatre Working around the news as I do, weeks like this can take their toll – not to mention fighting off a stubborn cold. While part of me wanted to take the night off, I made my way to the Corbett Auditorium at CCM (in […]

CCM’s “The Secret Garden” is Beautiful and Profoundly Moving

Review by Nathan Top of “The Secret Garden”: CCM Musical Theatre Written by Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman, “The Secret Garden” is a large-scale musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book of the same name. The story centers on the recently orphaned ten year-old Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with […]

“Annie Jr.” Shines as Bright as the Chrysler Building at the Taft Theater

 Review by Mary Kate Groh of “Annie, Jr”: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati celebrates 100 years with the beloved classic, “Annie Jr.” Written by Thomas Meehan, “Annie Jr.” is the shortened version of the popular Broadway musical, the story of a bright and optimistic orphan girl who gets the opportunity of a […]

GLORIA: A LIFE–The Story of an Ohio Native’s Feminist Awakening at Human Race Theatre

Review by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich of GLORIA: A LIFE: Human Race Theatre Perhaps you know Gloria Steinem for her expose on Playboy Bunny, or for founding Ms. Magazine, or for her articles and books; but you haven’t met the Toledo native like you will at Human Race Theatre’s GLORIA: A LIFE, by Emily Mann playing at the Loft […]

Human Race’s “Gloria: A Life” is a Story Well Told

Review by Raechel Lombardo of “Gloria: A Life”: Human Race Theatre There’s only so much one can cover in a little over an hour about a pivotal women’s movement throughout the latter half of the 20th century.  But I must say, The Human Race Theatre Company’s “Gloria:  A Life” by Emily Mann sure does give a solid crash […]

NKU’s “HMS Pinafore” Proves a Jolly Good Time

Review by Nathan Top of “HMS Pinafore”: NKU theatre A jovial sitcom of an operetta from 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” tells the story of two romantic couples aboard the titular ship. While clearly attracted to one another, pride and rank prevents the twosomes from confessing their feelings for one another, much less to […]