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Category Archives: Stage Insights Reviews

The View from Death Row: A Review of Falcon Theatre’s Production of “The Exonerated”

Review by Alan Jozwiak of The Exonerated: Falcon Theatre This is not the place for thought that does not end in concreteness; It is not easy to be open or too curious. It is dangerous to dwell too much on things: To wonder who or why or when, to wonder how, is dangerous. This warning, […]

Incline’s “The Graduate” Wants to Ask You a Personal Question

Review by Jack Crumley of The Graduate: Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre Mike Nichol’s film, The Graduate, is arguably the most iconic coming-of-age tale of love and sex of the 1960s. From its long, dialogue-free opening shots and iconic framing to its highly quotable dialogue (“Plastics!”), The Graduate represents an essential piece of American culture. In […]

CSC “Fences” Testifies “Keep Swinging for the Fences, Even if You Miss”

Review by Jenifer Moore of “Fences”: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company “In life, you gotta take the crooked with the straight.”  That’s what the main character, Troy Maxson, believes in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Fences”. Director Christopher V. Edward’s powerful rendition of this iconic stage play at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company captures hearts and minds, […]

CSC Hits “Fences” Out of the Park

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of Fences: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes on August Wilson’s renowned drama Fences this month, a play which has gotten a lot of attention lately due to the recent acclaimed film version with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. I had not seen either the film or the play […]

A Powerful Education: Social (In)Justice at Falcon’s THE EXONERATED

Review by Liz Eichler of “The Exonerated”: Falcon Theatre There are a lot of great reasons to go to the theatre, but few are a matter of life and death.  “The Exonerated” is a play that has the power to change minds, to open people up to the idea that the justice system is flawed, […]

Find Sanctuary with Carnegie’s “Hunchback”

Review by Jack Crumley of The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Carnegie The new year means it’s time for The Carnegie’s annual family-friendly show, and this year’s production will really ring your bell. Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame hit movie theatres in 1996, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise with music by Alan Menken. It adapts the original novel […]

Carnegie’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” Takes the Disney Version to New Heights

Review by Doug Iden of The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Carnegie Theatre What would it be like to be isolated, ostracized and ridiculed?  This is the primary theme of the Hunchback of Notre Dame which is currently playing at The Carnegie.  The show is partly based upon the Victor Hugo masterpiece and partly on […]

Know’s “Red Bike” Takes Audiences on Unexpected Paths

Review by Jenifer Moore of “Red Bike”: Know Theatre “Red Bike”, by playwright Caridad Svich, is a soul-evoking magical journey of commiserating over life’s choices and responses to its circumstances at the onset of its opening. While the title of the play leads you to believe that you are seeing a story related to Cincinnati’s […]