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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Your Life as a Dungeons and Dragons Game: A Review of NKU’s Y.E.S Festival production of “Initiativel

By Alan Jozwiak Life changes as easily as a roll of a multi-sided dice.  This holds true if you play Dungeons and Dragons, as well as in the world premiere play “Initiative” by Jacob York.  This play is one of the two Y.E.S. Festivals plays offered this season for the biennial festival. Initiative tells the story of Dave (played […]

Shakespeare’s Scottish play Brings Violent Delights to Cincy Shakes’ 25th Anniversary Season

Review by Willie Caldwell of “Macbeth”: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Part supernatural fable, part horror flick, “Macbeth” delivers blood, guts, and gore in Cincinnati Shakespeare’snewest production. One of the Bard’s more famous tragedies, Macbeth is a play about dark ambition. More so, it’s an exploration of blood, guilt, and the fragility of the human psyche. The play […]

How Can You Say No? This April, Shuffle Off to Cove-da-le for “42nd Street”

Review by Jack Crumley of “42nd Street”: Covedale It’s not hard to understand why musicals during The Great Depression were such a thing. It was a chance for audiences to forget about their problems for awhile, get some jokes, maybe some commentary on current society, and be left with a couple catchy tunes in their […]

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Macbeth” is a Kilty Pleasure

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of “Macbeth”: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company It was almost 8 years ago when I saw one of my first productions at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company—a marvelous production of “Macbeth” with Nick Rose and Sara Clark—so it was with a satisfied sense of coming full circle that I was looking forward to their latest […]

You’ll Rise to Your Feet for “Yeast Nation” at CCM Studio

Review by Liz Eichler of “Yeast Nation”: CCM Musical Theatre When the musical is set in 3,000,458,000 B.C. at the bottom of the primordial sea, you know you’re in for something…unusual. CCM’s Studio Musical Theatre Series is presenting “Yeast Nation,” by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis, the same team responsible for “Urinetown.” Directed by Vincent […]

NKU’s YES Festival Ends Powerfully With Student-Written “A Black Boy in Pink”

Review by Kevin Reynolds of “A Black Boy in Pink”: NKU Theatre I think we can all imagine 1959 Cincinnati as a judgmental, unaccepting town for African Americans. It’s before the Civil Rights era kicked in, the majority living in very specific neighborhoods, including the West End. Now imagine being 19, black, and gay. Dismissed […]

Covedale Hearkens Back to Broadway’s Heyday in “42nd Street”

Review by Doug Iden of “42nd Street”: Covedale Theatre “Come and meet those dancing feet.  It’s the avenue I’m taking you to, 42nd Street.”  That song tapped its way onto the Covedale Theater stage while taking you to a bygone era depicted in the 1933 movie classic of the same name.  One of hundreds of […]

Friendship, Love, and Dungeons & Dragons Tell the Tale in NKU’s “Initiative”

Northern Kentucky YES Festival – “Initiative” – attended opening night, Thursday, April 4– Kevin Reynolds Photo: Trevor Browning, Brandon Critchfield, Piper Bates, and Kali Marsh– credit The Northerner/Josh Kelly Review by Kevin Reynolds of “Initiative”: NKU Theatre There’s the family you’re born into and the family you choose. Benton, Kentucky native and Atlanta-based playwright and actor Jacob York shows the power […]