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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Human Race’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” Reveals Struggled and Triumphs of Iconic Jazz Singer

Review by Jenifer Moore of ”Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”: Humsn Race Theatre What becomes of the one greatest contributors to the history of jazz following a turbulent life of abuse, prejudice, and addiction? This is a question that the Human Race Theatre Company skillfully answers with “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” now playing until September 29  at the Metropolitan Art Center’s Loft Theatre […]

The Know Theater Blasts Off to the Year 2088 with “The Absentee”

Review by John Woll of “The Absentee”: Know Theatre The Know Theatre‘s newest production,”The Absentee”, by Julia Doolittle, begins its 2019-2020 season with a bang in a futuristic journey to outer space. The time is 2088 and far out in the Milky Way in Dimension 9, a U.S. Space Force ship explodes and brings space […]

WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO: LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL” CHARMS AT THE HUMAN RACE

Review By David Brush of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”: Human Race Theatre The bio-musical of musical artists is all the rage these days. With the recent success of “The Cher Show” and the upcoming “Tina” opening on Broadway, it seems “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” — a 1986 play with music by Lanie Robertson — was […]

Comedy, Science-Fiction, and Politics collide in Know’s “The Absentee”

Review by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich of “The Absentee”: Know Theatre What would you do if you were alone in outer space for an extended period of time with nothing to do? Know Theatre’s world premiere of Julia Doolittle’s “The Absentee” takes on that question and more. The year is 2088 and the Operator of a […]

An Unhappy Family Erupts at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “August: Osage County”

Review by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich of “August: Osage County”- Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Tolstoy wrote that all happy families are the same, and that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. In the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s  “August: Osage County”, that adage plays out on stage for the Weston family. Over the course of three […]

Covedale’s “Driving Miss Daisy” Provides a Heartwarming Outing

Review by Doug Iden of “Driving Miss Daisy”: Covedale Theatre The Pulitzer Prize winning play “Driving Miss Daisy” rode triumphantly into the Covedale Theater.  Written by Alfred Uhry, the play views the relationship of two very different people over a 25-year period in mid-20th century Atlanta, Georgia.  Daisy Werthan (Kathleen Labanz) at age 72 crashes her car and both […]

Cincinnati Shakespeare’s September Sizzles with “August: Osage County”

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of “August: Osage County”: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opens its “Season of the Woman” appropriately with Tracy Letts’ blistering contemporary drama, “August: Osage County”. Director Brian Isaac Phillips opens his notes on the play with the comment, “Families are a mine field”–and that, coupled with the promotional image of […]

Covedale’s “Driving Miss Daisy” Warms Hearts With Nostalgia and Friendship

Review by Mary Kate Groh of “Driving Miss Daisy” Covedale Theatre If you yearn to take a nostalgic ride through history from the late 1940s right up to the momentous Civil Rights Movement, the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts has the play for you. Written by the American playwright Alfred Uhry, “Driving Miss Daisy” […]