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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Falcon’s “Lion in Winter” Proves the Timelessness of Family Dysfunction

Review by Laurel Humes of “The Lion in Winter”: Falcon Theatre “The Lion in Winter,” now on stage at Falcon Theatre, is surprisingly hilarious, despite this royal family’s savage catfights, death threats and sheer animosity toward one another. The time is 1183. The King is Henry II. The Queen is Eleanor of Aquitaine, except she’s been imprisoned […]

Incline’s “Best Little Whorehouse’s” Guilty Pleasures Are Mostly Innocent

Review by Doug Iden of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: Incline Theatre In rural, central Texas in the 1970’s, anything goes – as long as the locals can enjoy it but pretend it isn’t there.  Consequently, set amidst a conservative Bible Belt community, sits a “house of ill repute”, euphemistically called the Chicken Ranch because […]

I Dare You To Stay In Your Seat During “On Your Feet!”

Review by Spenser Smith of On Your Feet: Broadway in Cincinnati I challenge you to stay in your seat during the energetic, yet poignant production based on the lives and music of the 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife team of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, now onstage at the Aronoff Center. The musical has a book written […]

“Shake Your Body Baby, Do the Conga”: A Review of “On Your Feet!”: The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical

Review by Alan Jozwiak of On Your Feet!: Broadway in Cincinnati The song lyric quoted in the title of this review comes from “Conga,” one of the megahits by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.  It also describes the high energy feel to On Your Feet!, the latest show at the Aronoff Center for […]

A Yearly Rite of Theatrical Creativity: A Review of CCM Acting’s Transmigration 2019

Review by by Alan Jozwiak of “Transmigration”: CCM Acting             Transmigration. It may sounds like the migratory patterns of wild beasts, but instead is a yearly rite of theatrical creativity put on by CCM Acting.  Now in its 11th year, Transmigration is a product of the entire CCM Acting program.  CCM Acting divides their student […]

Let the Praise Ring Out for CCM’s “Hunchback”

Review by Liz Eichler of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: CCM UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has an amazing musical theatre program, one of the best in the world.  These students are winners, hitting their notes, charming the audiences, high-kicking it every night, and consistently go pro. Occasionally a player comes along– raising the bar to an […]

Miami’s “Revolutionists” For All!

Review by Sean Maus of The Revolutionists: Miami University Theatre I have to be upfront.  I was laughing so much during Miami University’s entertaining production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists that I can’t read my notes.  So I have to write my truth, which the character Marianne Angelle urges each of us to do. The […]

CCM’s Latest Show is Not Your Child’s “Hunchback”

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of The Hunchback of Notre Dame: CCM Musical Theatre Although based off the Disney musical with music and lyrics by Alan Mencken and Stephen Schwartz, the UC College Conservatory of Music‘s current production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame comes with a parental advisory for its mature themes and situations—as well it should, as this version brings the musical closer […]