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Category Archives: Stage Insights Reviews

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 […]

CCM Immerses Its Audience with “H2O: A Play About Water”

Review by Shawn Maus of H2O: A Play About Water: CCM Acting “The Greeks called me Poseidon. The Americans: Katrina, Harvey, Irma. I am the damn breaker and the hands that cup Monet’s lilies.? According the Wikipedia, water is “a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth’s […]

So In Love We Are! with NKU’s “Kiss Me Kate”

Review by Spenser Smith of Kiss Me, Kate: NKU Theatre Northern Kentucky University closes its current season with a wildly entertaining production of Kiss Me, Kate, a musical within a musical telling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The action of the musical within the musical tells the story of Shakespeare’s characters Bianca (Natalie Bellamy) […]

Human Race’s “Erma Bombeck” is a Joyful Portrayal of Dayton’s American Icon

Review by Liz Eichler of “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End”: Human Race Theatre Human Race Theatre has a true gem in the one-woman production of “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” The Dayton area native still inspires many American women who were raising children in the 1960’s to the 90’s, as she makes moms laugh and […]

If You Don’t Take Your Mom to Carnegie’s “Motherhood Out Loud”, At Least Call Her After

Review by Jack Crumley of Motherhood Out Loud: The Carnegie I’m wrapping up my second year of seeing shows at The Carnegie for the League of Cincinnati Theatres. One of my favorites there was Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which involved a series of vignettes that told stories of life as a […]

One, One, Zero: A Review of Know Theatre’s “Ada and the Engine”

Review by Alan Jozwiak of Ada and the Engine: Know Theatre 01000001 01100100 01100001. These are not random numbers, but binary code for the name “Ada,” the titular protagonist who appears in Know Theatre’s latest production Ada and the Engine. Penned by Lauren Gunderson, who wrote the powerful and moving Silent Sky that Know Theatre produced in 2016, Ada […]